Digital Tools for Design/Build
Which software is most effective in residential design?
By James L. Sipes, ASLA
One misconception in the design professions is that only the largest
design firms working on big projects need to integrate digital technology
into their offices. In truth, all design firms rely on computers
in one way or another, and the basic activities of a firm are pretty
much the same regardless of the number of employees. Every firm
needs software for project management, scheduling, cost estimating,
drawing, and communication.
Design/build firms need to do all that and more. They also have
to develop bid proposals, keep track of materials, and handle the
day-to-day operations of one or more construction crews. Many have
their own nurseries, so they also have to deal with inventory and
plant care. And many design/build firms are fairly small, so one
or two individuals may have to do everything.
The good news is that digital tools can simplify some design/build
and residential design tasks. This article provides information
to help landscape architects determine which digital tools would
benefit their office.
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