Since Iíve come to respect the technical acumen of those who post in these forums, I would appreciate recommendations for diagramming applications. (My apologies to those who take offense from the fact that this is not GTD-related.)
I own a small business, still in its infancy, and the steel building that houses it and I am trying to plan for some remodelling and expansion. Consequently, Iím interested in finding a software package that would let me draw floor plans of the building as it exists nowówalls, partitons, locations of electrical lines, air lines, etc.óand then what it needs to become (relocate interior walls, electrical lines, water lines, air lines, ethernet lines, heating and air conditioning, etc.). And since Iím looking at adding onto the building at a future date, I would like to be able to do some site drawings that show the footprint of the building as it exists now and as we build onto it (in phases) in the future. I should think it would be helpful to be able to do this in a format that an architect could then use to import my sketches into their CAD programs.
A good place to start might be to draw process flow diagrams of the processes we do now (and those we intend to do) and then design the floor plan with regard to work flow and material flow. Microsoftís Visio will do process flow diagrams and Visio professional apparently will also do floor plans (and perhaps site plans?). But although Visio is the only application in the Office category that I donít have, the price is steeper than I think I can justify, since I donít foresee any use for it beyond this one project. Can anyone recommend a better alternative?