Overview It's easy to envision
architects and designers using computers to create architectural drawings
and blueprints. What you might not realize is that computers are used in
almost every step of the construction process--from creating materials
lists to estimating costs and calculating excavation requirements for
building foundations. Follow the links below for more information about
computers and construction.
General Information www.builderonline.com
specializes in home building information for both builders and homeowners.
Google page contains links to construction estimating software. The
International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction Web
site includes links to the latest and greatest construction technology
projects. Check it out here.
Specific Links The following links
lead to more information about computers and construction.
- Read about great
buildings in the on-line database at www.greatbuildings.com.
- The site www.cad-reviews.com/
provides many reviews of CAD software as well as links to different
CAD software sites.
- The Ohio State
University Center for Mapping has developed software that works with
GPS devices to improve bulldozer operations. Read about it at this
- Read an article about powerful new architecture software here.
- Walk around Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House in amazing live 3D using the free DesignWorkshop software at this link.
- Construction robots
are becoming increasingly popular in some parts of the world. Read
more about them at the Catalogue
of Construction Robots.
management goes wireless--read about it in this
- Amazed at how fast
housing developments go up? Check out modern building techniques at this
article discusses how high-tech tools are used in commercial
- Wearable computers are
popular on construction sites where free hands and desks are in short
supply. Read case studies and other articles about wearable computers here,
and here. Another
article about the efficiency and cost savings associated with wearable
computers in the construction business can be read here.
Floor plan Software You can download
samples of floor plan software from www.smartdraw.com
Tutorials for drawing floor plans and using floor plan software can be
found at www.smartdraw.com/resources/.
provides useful information by reviewing home design software.
Additional Links Interested in
skyscrapers? Browse the largest on-line database of high-rise buildings at
link. Another interesting look at New York City Skyscrapers and the
businesses within them can be found here.