Computer-aided design (CAD) software creates precise drawings of either two or three-dimensional models using X, Y, and Z coordinates. In the construction industry, CAD software streamlines the design, engineering, and construction process.
EDC Management Corp. provides hands-on construction management services to customers in commercial, agricultural, and industrial sectors. Our designers and engineers use advanced CAD software to create graphical representations of structural designs. This blog post will discuss how CAD is used in construction and architecture applications, as well as the benefits of using this software.
Overview of CAD in Construction and Architecture
Architects, engineers, and construction managers utilize CAD to develop highly accurate designs in place of manual drafting. All CAD software use horizontal, vertical, and depth coordinates to create highly precise 2D or 3D designs that visualize construction plans. Construction CAD optimizes the design process and enables modifications, and any company that uses the technology will have a significant advantage over others that do not.
How Do Engineers and Construction Managers Use CAD?
Computer-aided tools have become indispensable to engineers and architects in their creation of precision illustrations. In switching from paper to CAD software, construction managers can conduct detailed analyses, identify flaws, and take accurate measurements that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. CAD software also simplifies blueprints, provides consistent measurements, and enables quick and easy adjustments.
Engineers and construction managers also use CAD to project structural, electrical, plumbing, and sanitary diagrams. To determine a building’s final look, CAD software can produce images of a building’s finished appearance.
Advantages of CAD in Construction
Here are the main advantages to using CAD in construction.
Avoid Costly Mistakes
Because of its detail and accuracy, CAD software prevents costly mistakes. It makes the entire production process more efficient, saving production costs and streamlining productivity. Many CAD programs come with clash or interference detection to analyze whether the elements of a design will work together, long before the design goes to engineering.
Prior to CAD technology, hand-drawn designs limited visualization. They could be unclear or illegible, and they were also subject to human error. Computerization solves these issues because CAD programs are standardized and organized.
CAD allows teams to make frequent edits to a design, controlling the quality of the final product. The software can test and solve problems more efficiently to produce a better end result.
Paper-and-pen designs must be passed around physically and are easily lost. CAD designs allow team members to collaborate remotely or in person on the same file, view edit history, and share with other departments.
Reuse and Change Designs
CAD files enable future projects to reuse the same designs. Users can easily change and save new elements without having to redraw the entire illustration.
CAD Services at EDC Management
CAD software is vital for construction and architectural projects. It allows construction managers to visualize every detail of a project and anticipate problems in advance, facilitating a smoother overall process. At EDC Management, we provide extensive structural and mechanical engineering design services for our clients. We use CAD technology to create functional 2D or 3D design models for every stage of your engineering process.
Our CAD department performs on-site fieldwork to make models that are as accurate and comprehensive as possible. We provide new structural designs, existing design modifications, specialty designs, consultations, and more. Contact us to learn more about our services, or get started on your next CAD project by requesting a quote.