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May 2004 Issue

Digital Tools for Design/Build
Which software is most effective in residential design?

By James L. Sipes, ASLA

Digital Tools for Design Build
Courtesy Punch!

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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