Chadwick Dryer Clarke: Transition from AutoCAD to ARCHICAD

Chadwick Dryer Clarke based in Cambridge, are a team of architects and designers committed to excellence in architectural design and looked to implement a BIM workflow.

The sectors they work in include residential, educational, retail and commercial. Their team is united by a passion for architecture and design, and this is supported by their knowledge-base and experience. They approach each project with an open mind and without pre-conceived architectural agendas to produce creative solutions that reflect the brief, site, budget, and most importantly the clients aspiration.

Chadwick Dryer Clarke realised that though they were a smaller architectural practice, in order to stay competitive and meet incoming UK Government regulations they needed to upgrade their existing five licences of AutoCAD LT  with the implementation of a Building Information Modelling (BIM) solution.

3D model demonstration for Chadwick Dryer Clarke

The challenge for Chadwick Dryer Clarke was that no one at the studio had used a BIM authoring tool before, there were also concerns about the transition from AutoCAD to BIM and had cashflow considerations. Having heard about Applecore Design’s award winning implementation, Chadwick Dryer Clarke requested a product demonstration of BIM at their offices in Cambridge.

In December 2014, Applecore Designs delivered a comprehensive product demonstration of , BIMserver, BIMx and EcoDesigner.  In addition, the team from Applecore Designs fielded questions from Chadwick Dryer Clarke about BIM in general and how fits into a BIM workflow.

Having approached and evaluated both Revit and other BIM propositions, Robin Dryer, Director from Chadwick Dryer Clarke said they chose Applecore Designs and for several reasons:

“We wanted to evaluate the two software systems to decide which would be most appropriate and beneficial to our studio. ARCHICAD appeared to be designed for architects, intuitive and simple to use. The BIMx presentation tool was a bonus as were the high level rendering capabilities. We also like the BIMserver and the speed at which the team could work and save files.”

Chadwick Dryer Clarke tweets about BIMx trainingAs part of the phasing out of the AutoCAD LT system, Applecore Designs offered staged monthly payments to Chadwick Dryer Clarke for the software, which assisted with their immediate cashflow. Within a couple of weeks of accepting Applecore Design’s bespoke  proposal, the software was installed and up and running at Chadwick Dryer Clarke.  Moreover, their staff had only two days ‘crossgrade from flatcad‘ onsite training with one of Applecore Designs’s accredited trainers.  In fact, Applecore Design’s implementation proposals have helped Chadwick Dryer Clarke innovate and grow so much that within six months the studio has increased their number of licences by an additional 40%

Robin adds the benefits of working with Applecore Designs and  have been numerous: “The new software has changed the way we work dramatically. We now work seamlessly between 2D and 3D, and the software has given our practice the opportunity to produce high resolution 3D images and animations for client presentations with coordinated 2D information. We are working on a large school project and the efficiencies brings has ensured we exceed our client’s expectations.”