6Hard Copy

Transitioning to Electronic Files—Charts, Plots, Plans, Lists, Schedules, Signs, and Reports

Before getting into the detailed layouts of the charts, plots, plans, lists, and so on, let us talk about the software that now makes all this hard copy that is so necessary in the SM’s work.

Basically, at the time of publication of this second edition, Microsoft Word and Excel, along with AutoCAD and Vectorworks, are the most favored programs. However, don’t blink or linger too long because no sooner will you turn the page than there will be something fresher, newer, friendlier, quicker, and with more applications and features.

So what programs should student and beginning SMs use to do their work? Here is what Brad Enlow, technical director ...

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