AutoCAD for Surveillance

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Sep 24, 2012

While the construction industry made the transition to computer aided design software years ago, many in security have yet to do so. Perhaps because they seldom need to use CAD programs during work, many still use manual paper sketches or simpler applications to plan designs. However, many projects now required 'as-builts', or installation drawings, as part of the project scope. Choosing the right program to standardize on is risky, but in this note we cover the largest, safest choice of all, AutoCAD, looking at both its strengths and weaknesses.

AutoCAD's Biggest Value: Market Share

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