A Midland firm is playing a key role in the development of a design tool that has become a worldwide standard for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of construction projects.
Bidford-on-Avon-based Fulcro Engineering Service's cutting-edge building project skills were used by Blackpool-based software house MAP to develop CAD-Duct, which enables designers to produce fully accurate 3D models of buildings showing all their mechanical and electrical systems.
The building information modelling software has been created for the 55 per cent of professionals throughout the world that work with AutoCAD, and is already being used in the United States by more than 60 per cent of its top 100 engineering contractors.
CAD-Duct is designed to ensure that services such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning and drainage and sanitation fit seamlessly by giving the design team a real-world view of how the services will look installed in a new building.
MAP originally developed CAD-Duct in the late 1980s to enable HVAC contractors to create 3D representations of ductwork over 2D architectural drawings. …