outsourcing the drafting department
Earlier this week I got an email press release from an outfit in India that provides outsourced architectural drafting services.
I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, but it still gave me a bit of a
shudder. What this company's people do is what I once did for a living:
take an architect's roughly-to-scale design sketches and turn them into
working drawings. I like to think that I was more than a human drafting
machine, that I had some influence on the design, but I must admit that
the essentials of the job did not depend on proximity. If had been in
India, with the communication technology we have today, my effectiveness
would not have been greatly diminished. Try this thought experiment: If
your favorite associate moved to another town, could you still work
together? What if he or she moved to another country? What if you met
someone with the same skills and personality who already lived in
another country? --b.d.s.