A pilot study examining the use of 3D CAD in contemporary architectural practices

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    Campbell, Bede
    Gu, Ning
    2007 Conference Papers
    Effective tools: design, assessment, operation


Abstract: 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs have become a vital part of contemporary
architectural design practices. The introduction of computers & CAD into the profession has revolutionised
the design & construction documentation process (Cory, 2001). Previous research has shown that 3D CAD
programs have increased the efficiency of architectural practices (Bozell & Cory, 2001), & demonstrated
the technical benefits of 3D CAD (Novitski, 1998). Despite the technological advancements in CAD, the
success of an architectural practice does not solely rely on the use of cutting edge technologies. The
majority of research in the field focuses on (1) the technological developments of CAD & (2) the exploration
of the use of CAD technologies for design innovation. There is a general lack of studies in identifying &
examining the practical impacts of 3D CAD programs on contemporary architectural design practices, in
particular, cost efficiency, time management & quality assurance. This paper presents the results from an
empirical pilot study conducted on a large-scale architecture firm in Australia. The interview results show
that 3D CAD has reduced the time & cost in producing documentations. The results also show that while
3D CAD has reduced the time in producing documentations, it has not lowered the documentation quality.


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