Benefits of Multiple Screens for Truss and Panel Design

Benefits of Multiple Screens for Truss and Panel Design

If you started truss and building design in the early 90’s, you remember that everyone was using a single monitor to design. There wasn’t multiple output on graphic card, and monitors were pretty expensive. It did the job, but we had to go back and forth to see all the detail that were pertinent to what we were trying to achieve.

Do you remember the floppy disk?


These days, a dual screen setup is the norm. Prices have come down, and graphic cards are more powerful, with multiple outputs for display. It really help in seeing more details, run more software and save time, as you didn’t have to close any software, and could relay the information from 3 different sources into the drawing being worked on. It even allows some space for email hosting!

Getting the answers to questions while drawing was a real time-saver, therefore more production done by the end of the day is the end result. Dual screens really help production and accuracy, as they allow more options to see the details.


Today, as the product got even more affordable, consider a quad screen setup. With this system, you can have all the advantage of the dual system and have the actual plan, pictures, and other information right in the front of you!

I suggest having a screen dedicated to email, Skype and all the networking tools needed. They used are not only to display stuff anymore, as you will now have the room to work on them.

Additionally, having multiple screens for designs makes it very quick and efficient to:

  • Verify work
  • Locate data
  • Coordinate the process
  • Input information
  • Viewing architectural plans
  • Supplementing other software used on a daily basis

Now, don’t get me wrong. Having multiple screens will not do the work for me, but it will allow me to customize what I want, therefore making me more confident. Most software is designed for multiple screens, as they will work as good window size or full screen.

I would suggest even using more than one monitor for a single application, like when you need to see a large area. It is possible to make multiple monitors work as one entity. And be sure to have your icons separated across your screens, so that you have no more 50 icons in the middle of one screen, grouped together. This will prevent you from searching for the one you need.


By now, with all the time saved, the screens have paid for themselves! Suggest this to your manager. It will help you become more reliable, quick, organized and efficient. Every day you will get faster.

How does your current monitor setup affect you? Is your department/company on the technology boat? I just can’t wait to see what it does to the component design industry in the next 20 years.

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  1. I am the youngest designer at my company. The old timers would still be using the original version of everything they learned on the the 80’s. While I am all about upgrading the the latest and greatest. My laptop is top of the line with more power and memory then I could ever need with a SSD harddrive. After I got here some of the designers were still using square old computer monitors. It drove me crazy! Soon after I got here I had 2 screens and it wasn’t enough…I am currently rocking 3 screens and would love a 4th. People here in Montana make fun of me (co-workers and customers alike) because it looks like I am in the cockpit of a 747 but I can never go back to less screens. I hate using my personal computer because I need more space to spread out stuff. One screen keeps a 3D view up, one screen keeps structure running, and one keeps engineering and outlook on it. I would do 4 in the location but I think I would need a big desk…maybe a corner office with a view!