The client needed a way to extract cost information from CAD drawings.

While there are plenty commercial products with that capacity, none were compatible with the client’s highly specialised setup, which involved separate departments for Design (CAD) and Estimating with just shy of 20 staff in each.

The best commercial option would have required almost doubling the number of CAD technicians, and cost a small fortune.

We suggested a disjointed approach which involved:

While introducing an intermediate step seemed counter-intuitive, and required a lot of convincing, it allowed both departments to keep using their existing software.

The end result was more than satisfactory:

Not only was our solution able to eventually save time in both departments, which wasn’t expected, it also cost around a third of the next best option, as there were no new per-user licence fees.

Future proofing

One of the major advantages of a disjointed approach based on an intermediate format is that either side can be changed without affecting the other.

Building these considerations into the original design has saved the client thousands over the years compared to what would have been required with any of the alternatives, and that’s on top of the day to day time savings.

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