Analogous to the tip of the iceberg, the building design and construction industry has been focused on what they see above the waterline when it comes to computer-generated construction documents. What most of us don't see are the needs and opportunities below the surface. CAD drawings, developed for use in producing contract documents, are just the tip of the facility management iceberg. These drawings have an almost unlimited use in today's computer-friendly world.
Last month, we revisited the advancement of CAD and how designers of buildings up to the present have organized it for their business use. Now we want to raise the bar in CAD application by sharing what we learned after a series of roundtable discussions on how we can better apply CAD after the designers and builders have turned over the new construction or renovation to a facility manager.