We are often contacted to create professional CAD drawings on behalf of architectural and engineering firms across North America. Most of the time, clients ask us to undertake their CAD drafting projects using AutoCAD software. Why do they ask us to use AutoCAD?
Simply because... AutoCAD software, is a giant in the technical industry and is used on a global basis by engineers, architects, manufacturers and fabricators. AutoCAD, developed by Autodesk, has built the drawing file format (.dwg) up to be a global computer drawing file standard, which is used by many CAD operators across several drafting and design disciplines.
Coupled with the fact that Auto CAD can be used for just about every discipline, Autodesk virtually corners the CAD drawing market.
From our inception, we have employed experienced and proficient CAD designers, capable of undertaking preliminary design projects, construction phase documents, record drawing (i.e. as-built dwgs) and 3D modeling/rendering work. All our CAD operators use the AutoCAD program.
Since the revolution of the World Wide Web, the exchange of CAD drawings and in depth project data can be shared rapidly and securely amongst AEC firms, as well as do it yourselfers (home builders, inventors, etc.).
Using a secure FTP site, clients can easily up-load hand-sketches, scanned images, CADD drawings and virtually every type of project correspondence, necessary to undertake any CAD project.
It is always best for a CAD firm to allocate a senior project consultant to each CAD project it undertakes; thereby ensuring on-going communication with client staff throughout the duration of each CAD drafting project and minimizing conflicts that can arise from utilizing various project leaders.
One of the benefits to using a service provider to produce CAD drawings is the ability to reduce overhead expenses.
A professional CAD service bureau can also be hired to create company CAD standards, such as a specific layering system, drawing borders and title blocks, as well, as set up a CAD library containing frequently used blocks and symbols.
All companies and individuals looking to outsource CAD work should always ask the proposed CAD vendor for references from sources similar to the type of work that is to be contracted out.
AEC companies seeking a CAD agency should look for a well rounded and experienced firm capable of producing the following types of
Further to the above list, a good CAD company should be able to create various types of other CAD drawings upon your request.