- Apr 6, 2007
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I'm not disputing your "shovel ready" status, but I work in the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction software business. Thousands of Architects and Engineers are working at home as we speak, and they aren't relying on the power of their home laptops. They are remoting into their powerful office desktop computers and using tools that store 3D building and engineering models in the cloud. So, no engineer is sitting at their kitchen table trying to design a train tunnel with their underpowered laptop. I just got off the phone with a HUGE architectural design firm in Portland, Oregon that has transitioned to everyone working at home on gigantic infrastructure and aviation projects. Now, being "shovel ready" is a whole different can of worms. I just wanted to state that large architecture, engineering, civil, and construction firms can still work on complex projects while at home.Problem is that any projects going through any form of design-build aren't "shovel-ready", because nobody's in the office at the workstations advancing any of the design work. That's unfortunately one of the few computing tasks you just can't reasonably do while squinting at the 12-inch screen of an underpowered take-home laptop on some civil engineer's kitchen table. They'll go crosseyed trying to update renders that way, and anything that requires AutoCAD or plugging real engineering load-bearing numbers into a structural analysis requires too much processing power to do away from the workstation. This is even affecting stuff that's in final-final design revisions on the cusp of being *true* shovel-ready, like Winchester Center ADA + renovations.