Gather Your Tools, Pt.2 — Your Computer

In the previous post in this series, Gather Your Tools, Pt.1 — The Fire Sprinkler Design Software, I explored the necessary design software to get you up and running.  However, that software needs a machine to run on which is your next critical decision.  Whether you purchase a desktop computer or a laptop computer, this is the second largest investment money wise you will make to outfit a designer.  I chose a laptop for a number of good reasons but your needs may be very different.  To make this decision you need to ask yourself some key questions.  Would you like to bring your computer out on a job site survey? How important is upgrading a computer to you?  If you work in an office, would you like the ability to bring your computer home with you?  What is your computer budget?  Lets discuss each of these questions in a little more detail. Continue reading “Gather Your Tools, Pt.2 — Your Computer”