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GRAPHICS CAPABILITIES REQUIRED OF PRIVATE ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS (A/Es) NAVAL FACILITIES ENGINEERING COMMAND (NAVFAC) NAVFAC requires digital submittals on photogrametric mapping and only those design projects where there is currently an identified follow-on use. The format for the submission is in either ComputerVision CADDS 4X, IGES, or AutoCAD DXF. Mapping standards for layering and symbology are required on digital submittals. As follow-on design requirements are defined and as standards are adopted for layering, symbols and other parameters, additional sub- mittal requirements will be imposed. U.S. POSTAL SERVICE (USPS) Outside contracted A/Es are required by the Office of Design and Construction to have a CAD system capable of running Postal Service software if the purpose of the contract is the site adaptation of CAD based standard plans. For other facilities, the A/E's CAD capability is generally only a factor in the A/E selection process, but is not a mandatory requirement. 19
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (DVA) A small number of DVA facilities are starting to require the submission of project drawings and as-builts in a specific CAD format, but do not require the A/E to necessarily use the same system to create the drawings. The medical centers are starting to require that all CAD drawings utilize the national CAD Layer Guidelines as specified by the ACEC/AIA/ASCE/IFMA (American Consulting Engineers Council/American Institute of Architects/ American Society of Civil Engineers/International Facility Managers Association) Task Force on CAD Layer Guidelines. The DVA needs compatibility with its CAD systems, yet it has legal concerns. GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION PUBLIC BUILDINGS SERVICE (GSA/PBS) PBS requires the measurement of a building to deter- mine its current layout and the input of this information together with an up-to-date assignment plan to a disk for subsequent GSA use. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (CoE) The vast majority of Corps work is contracted to A/E firms. Some offices strongly request that the A/E firm support the end product in a form that is compatible with the office's hardware/software set-up. Some offices are presently sorting out legal issues concerning the speci- fication of certain platform. All of the offices ex- pressed a growing need for compatibility of electronic information. NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA) Some NASA centers required design for large projects to be done on a CADD system compatible with the NASA 20
center system. Some centers are permitted (not required) to use CAD. Their drawings will be translated to the NASA center system. OTHER AGENCIES The Department of State and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey report no graphics capability require- ments from outside contractors. The Public Health Service reports that new A/E contracts are stipulating that drawings be provided in AutoCAD format. 21