June 28, 1998
June 28, 1998
July 1, 1998
3.496.1 - 3.496.8
Software Application Interrelationships and Pedagogical Inclusions in Architectural Engineering Technology
James E. Fuller, AIA University of Hartford
“Computers are easy-to-use tools. It is just as easy to design and document lousy buildings with them as without them.”
“Compared to engineers, architects must necessarily be more selective about the tools they purchase, and more creative in how they apply them.”
Ken Sanders, AIA The Digital Architect1
Software technology has taken enormous leaps in recent years in the ability to interrelate information between different applications. The successful development and global adoption of Microsoft Windows and Apple OS operating systems has lead to a world wide awareness of the ability to share information between applications on your desktop, between users in remote offices and, indeed, around the world.
The implications for this are staggering for any discipline but even more so for architecture. Architects must constantly analyze information cloaked in a variety of shrouds from the highly technical and somewhat obtuse building codes and life safety codes through numerical information related to building program, estimating and life cycle cost analysis and, of course, the graphic images of design drawings and working drawings. The amount of information, in all these forms, has increased tremendously and rapidly as new materials have been developed, building codes evolve and buildings, themselves, become more complex. Technology, however, is beginning to provide the tools to help the profession, and those on the route to professional licensure, keep track of this plethora of information.
The gathering of the information is but the first step in the process of bringing the dream of architecture to reality. Architects must decipher then coalesce the relevant information, respond to the issues raised and consolidate the written and graphic information into a coherent whole, Only then can the project be reviewed for compliance with the client’s needs and the building official’s requirements and, the ultimate goal, be built.
As the profession engages the use of software in ever increasing ways we must be certain that students are not left behind. Applications routinely used by architects in practice include:
• Word Processing
Fuller, J. E. (1998, June), Software Application Interrelationships And Pedagogical Inclusions In Architectural Engineering Technology Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. https://peer.asee.org/7410
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