"It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment."
(Carl Friedrich Gauss)
Here is a little story:
In the years 1987/1988 Markus Groll discovered his enthusiasm for historic buildings during his studies of architecture and created a measured survey with great accuracy of the town hall in Gundelfingen an der Donau.
The town all was built in 1777/78 by the master builders Dominikus Haller, Johann Reich and Balthasar Baur .
The documentation was produced on distortion-proof paper according to the requirements from the authorities for historic preservation ... but not enough … all measurements were transferred in CAD in AutoCAD and the CAD-Software “Spirit” and all further designs for a new use or additions to the building were developed with the flexibility an CAD software provides. This was quite sensational, as those were the pioneer days of computers and CAD-software in particular….
Since then the experiences were helpful to improve and strengthen the techniques for a lot of new building plans, refurbishments, CAFM- and FM-projects.
... experience, accuracy, self-monitoring, checks on plausibility, good comprehension of construction and details .... combined with profound knowledge of technical standards .... and supported by technology ....
In ancient Egypt, a rope stretcher would use simple geometry to re-establish boundaries after the annual floods of the Nile River.