Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Students Use CAD in 'Real-World' Settings at Rutgers University

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Students Use CAD in 'Real-World' Settings at Rutgers University

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Students Use CAD in 'Real-World' Settings At Rutgers University

Prior to the Spring 1988 semester, undergraduate students in the landscape architecture department at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., had no chance to experience computer-aided design (CAD).

Now students are learning CAD in a well-equipped, Macintosh II-based lab. And the CAD package they're using is VersaCAD/Macintosh Edition Version 2.0 from Versacad Corp. of Huntington Beach, Calif.

Deliberate Choice

The choice of Macintosh computers and Versacad Corp.'s software was a deliberate one and was prompted by Michael Sherman, a professor in the landscape architecture department at the university.

Sherman is a long-time user of Versacad software. "I like the ethics of the company," he explains. "They are really dedicated to education."

The professor was first exposed to the product in 1980, when it was called CADApple and ran on Apple IIe microcomputers. "I was weaned from boards to CADApple," Sherman recalls. Since then he has used all the various versions of VersaCAD, but he especially likes the Macintosh Edition. "It is true to the spirit of the Mac," says Sherman about the package. "It's got what the Mac is supposed to be all about."

Sophisticated CAD Lab

The CAD lab at Rutgers University contains 18 Macintosh II computers, each equipped with 5MB of RAM and a 40MB hard disk. Other hardware in the lab includes a film recorder, two AppleCD SC CD-ROM drives, two Apple scanners, two Brunning Zeta 900 A-E size plotters, three LaserWriter II laser printers and four ImageWriter II dot-matrix printers.

The university has 15 packages of VersaCAD/Macintosh Edition and is currently considering the purchase of a site license. …

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