firm to quickly incorporate ongoing changes requested by various agencies. It also allows new alternatives to be evaluated with greater accuracy. Although it is difficult to estimate at this time, FDOT has seen a substantial time savings of six to 12 months. The financial benefits will really be seen in the final design phase."

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HARDWARE:

Pentium PCs with 16MB to 32MB of RAM, running at 60 MHz to 133MHz. Hewlett-Packard 650 Plotter with 68MB of memory.

SOFTWARE:

Microstation is the nucleus graphics driver for many GIS applications. It also allows the application to be run in LAN or WAN client/server settings. Microstation is jointly owned by Intergraph Corp. and Bentley Systems Inc.

Descartes is a product of HMR Inc., of Beau Port, Quebec, Canada. Cost of the Descartes engineering package used by G&O is under $3,000.

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