CADS supports revival of Irish construction industry
04 December 2017
5 Hanover Quay
CADS is a leading international software company specialising in civil, geotechnical and structural engineering design, analysis and detailing software. CADS was established in 1974 by a group of consulting engineers with a vision of making an impact in the construction industry.
The global financial crisis of 2007 is seen by many economic experts as the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Irish construction industry was hit hard with property developers going bust and investors lacking confidence.
2010 saw a turnaround in the industry’s fortunes with slow but accelerating sustainable growth over the last seven years steadily increasing the demand for construction related professional services. The housing sector has been particularly strong in recent times amid pressure on the Irish Government to do more to alleviate the affordable housing shortage.
CADS is well placed to help Irish consulting engineers take advantage of the growing economy with industry leading software and expert engineers on hand to provide training and technical support.
Many companies use the AutoCAD based CADS RC software, CADS’ industry leading reinforced concrete detailing and scheduling software to detail their projects as it’s easy to use, incredibly powerful and provides accurate drawings and automated bar bending schedules. Consulting Engineers Barrett Mahony used CADS RC recently to detail the concrete frame of the new development at 5 Hanover Quay and the proposed student accommodation development at University College Dublin.
With the continued expansion of the Irish construction industry more and more companies are also taking advantage of CADS’ software and detailing services to help them manage peaks in their workload. CADS’ large team of experienced reinforcement draftsmen ensure that deadlines are met without compromising on accuracy or presentation of RC drawings.
O’Shea Consulting have used CADS’ RC detailing service for several years and have recently awarded the detailing of the Corrib Gas Tunnel, the Ballina Town Improvements and the Glen Flood Relief Scheme amongst others.
CADS also have an experienced team of Structural Engineers and Revit Modellers who can provide fast accurate 3D models from 2D drawings, structural analysis models, IFC files etc. According to a client’s requirements they can generate clash detection reports or more detailed models (up to LoD 500) to produce accurate quantity take-offs, cost estimates for bidding, procurement and construction planning.
CADS recently leveraged this world leading expertise to launch CADS RC3D for Revit, bringing their detailing experience together with the modelling power of Revit to create a new cutting-edge solution that integrates with the BIM workflow.
Although CADS is best known for their detailing software they also co-develop SCIA Engineer, the multi-material platform for the structural analysis and design of all kinds of structures. SCIA Engineer can be used either stand alone or as part of a wider BIM process utilising a bespoke 2-way Revit link or the more general IFC file exchange format, to achieve Open BIM!
Many consulting structural engineering firms such as Techrete Ireland and Ward & Burke Construction have been using SCIA Engineer for everything from designing precast panels all the way up to modelling and analysing high rise offices.
CADS also offers a range of analysis & design software for most types of structure and popular building materials including steel, masonry and timber. So, whether you need to design RC beams, analyse sheet piles or model complex 3D frames CADS has a solution that’s affordable, easy to use and has been designed by engineers for engineers!