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Architosh launches new tablets in Architecture research survey

In our first tablets in Architectural practice research survey, we aim to study how tablet computers may impact the architectural process with a particular emphasis on design and pre-design phases. Of particular note, the new iPad Pro with Pencil ushers in the potential for revolutionary change.


[Update: We want to thank readers for spending the time to take this new survey, we are getting interesting results and want to remind readers that all participants taking the survey get to review the results of the survey in colorful graphs at the end of their input. – 9 Nov 2015]

In the fall of 2014, Architosh launched a hardware study survey aimed at understanding the Mac professional workstation market. The results of that study came very quickly as readers were keenly interested in speaking up about the new Mac Pro as well as detailing their thoughts and concerns regarding this particular topic.

We published those results in a multi-page and detailed report here on Architosh.

New Study Aimed at Apple iPad Pro with Pencil and Similar

Our study for the fall of this year embarks on what we believe to be a more complex and mis-undertood segment of the market—tablet computers. And specifically tablet computers and their fit and utility in the world of Architecture.

As this feature Viewpoint states here, Apple’s new iPad Pro with Apple Pencil ushers in a new era with respect to the types of capabilities and compute power offered in the “tablet form factor.”

MORE: Viewpoint: How Apple’s iPad Pro and devices like it will change Architecture

Both with the future in mind and the recent past in experiences, we are seeking readers to share with us their thoughts on the use of tablets in the architectural process. Where do tablets fit in? Do you use a tablet computer now? If so, in what areas of practice and how specifically? What cloud applications plug-in to your mobile workflows? What OS—iOS or Android or Windows?

01.1 - Drawing by hand naturally is the most powerful iterative process within the larger architectural workflow.

01.1 – Drawing by hand naturally is the most powerful “iterative process” within the larger architectural workflow and yet to be replaced by the CAD software on the personal computer. But what may happen with devices like iPad Pro with Pencil if they largely emulate the analog elements and liberties yet couple them with compute resources? (image: screen grab from Apple feature movie on Apple iPad Pro.)

These are some of the questions. As the article above makes note of, the Effort Curve (aka: MacLeamy Curve) in the BIM transformation is also suggestive and impactful on how mobile devices coupled with cloud apps are changing the landscape for architectural workflows.

The Survey: Participants, Timing and Publication

Survey participants should be architects and design professionals in architecture and AE firms, including professionals in architectural groups in larger companies, including those in mega AEC companies like those in Japan and Europe.

Timing, Instant Results and Publication

The survey takes just 5-10 minutes max, depending on your responses. At the finish you can see graphs on the results averaged for the whole survey.

Like the workstation study and survey last year, we will publish the results in a comprehensive report on Architosh, likely in 2016. To inquire about the survey study please contact the editor-in-chief.

Take the Survey Now

Here is the link to the survey.

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