In a construction progress meeting this week, all parties were in agreement with my desire for vertical elements to be actually vertical in a railing system we have to install. Unfortunately, the plans by the engineer didn't indicate that the verticals would be climbing a hill, but rather showed them on a flat horizontal surface. (I want them to go like spindles in a stair handrail, like this: IIIII, not like this: /////.) One of the contractors said that he would have to check with the fabricator, since the plans weren't specific. This being a USACE project, the delay could be significant and costly.
In this day of CAD, I was annoyed that the slope wasn't shown in the plans so that all parties would know the design intent. How difficult might it be to apply a 4.95% slope to the horizontal surface in CAD?
Thus, I found this interesting article from Witold Rybczynski in slate about the impact of CAD in architectural design. He notes that the ink-stained wretches of the past likely spent much more time thinking about design as opposed to today's keyboard jockeys. Given the recent issue above, I tend to agree.
Has CAD had the same effect in planning?