you left architecture out of the mix ...
The answer to your first question is an unqualified no. Nobody wants the answer to be no, but it is because ...
pick any two.
I have completed 10 story buildings in just a few weeks when pushed. I can do it because I grew up on the boards and have been drafting for over 40 years. I also learned from the best, the back office draftsmen and women that worked for one of the premier engineering firms in the region. Before I even start drafting, the entire building is designed in my head in 3d.
Now that I am a self employed architect I have found the following to be true. Clients are generally dumb as a box of rocks about construction and long ago screwed the process down economically to a point that everyone involved in the process has had to toss quality out the window to even break even, never mind make money.
Back to architecture ... drafting is not part of the architectural profession. I may get flamed for saying so, but it is true. No one learns drafting (except rudimentary level skill) in architectural school and they do not learn drafting in the profession. Everyone is an "architect" or dreaming of being one. They are drawing because they have been told to do so, not because they care about the detail on their screen. They are already dreaming of the swoopy detail on the roof, the wall, the site plan ... name the latest doo dah that is the detail de jour.
- There is only a handful of people in architecture that realize that more than one line weight is important.
- There is only a handful of people in the field that believe drawings mean anything except as a defense exhibit, if sued.
If I sound bitter, it is likely because I am. Fear of risk has lead many in the architectural profession to abdicate control, in the name of reducing risk, to other members of the design/construction team. If they understood the relationship between risk (actually lack thereof) and quality, they might rethink their position.
Normally, it is the general contractors that have stepped up and filled the control void. That being said, I don’t know of any that here in the Metromess are even scratching the surface of CAD, or any other means of electronic documentation/communication for that matter. Many use cell phones, but even text messaging and remote email are slow in coming to the mix.
Dang, I sound cranky and I guess I am. I love the construction profession and it has been the only job I have had, except for a few short stints elsewhere because of school, since I turned 14, which was a long ago.