As the AEC industry moves from the use of current CAD systems, which are predominantly 2D drafting tools, to the implementation of more intelligent computer-based support for architectural design, engineering and construction a more streamlined and integrated approach to building design and construction is emerging. Principals at building design and construction firms need to be prepared to lead the development of strategies and processes to take their organizations and their profession forward – to develop and manage the people, processes and technologies necessary to provide the services their clients demand and support the design and construction projects of the twenty first century.
Responding to this challenge, principals from ten prominent firms have joined forces, launching the CAD for Principals Council to define the needs and opportunities for practices that are striving to establish best processes and make optimal use of technology. They have issued a Call to Action to the entire AEC industry, especially principals, to take a more focused look at and a more active role in defining the requirements of computer-aided design and related software for the 21st Century.
The CAD for Principals Council provides a working framework for examining the work processes and current uses of CAD and related technologies in the architectural, engineering and construction professions. Led by Kristine K. Fallon, FAIA, whose consulting practice focuses on the use of CAD and other technologies in the AEC industry, the council has begun research to document the use and effectiveness of current technologies and practices. At their initial meeting in December the council reviewed the results of interviews Fallon has conducted with principals and CAD users and drafted a report detailing their early findings and consensus on the requirements for next generation CAD systems. The council is distributing this report to interested firms and individuals worldwide and striving to enlarge the scope of its investigation by enlisting reviewers and adding members from the global AEC community. The document can be dowloaded from the council's
Web site: cadforprincipals.org