The following software is currently being used throughout our Portland office.
AutoCAD is the industry standard drafting tool and is used by all our technical staff. It has the ability to communicate with the various other software and design tools we utilise which adds increased economy to the design process, we ensure that we are working with the latest releases and in the near future this will be supplemented by Revit.
Masterseries – Integrated design and analysis software
Masterseries is a powerful 3D modelling, analysis and design tool. Buildings can be imported from and exported to AutoCAD thus inproving the communication process between Engineer and Technician. Design functions can be applied to various materials such as steel, reinforced concrete and timber.
The Environment Agency are stipulating stringent controls on surface water run-off from certain sites and are enforcing their requirements through the planning system. Certification schemes such as Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM also offer credits for the use of attenuated systems. Using MicroDrainage, we produce designs to maximise a site’s potential and achieve reduced flow rates.
PDS ground modelling software
Earthworks are a significant cost to any new build and minimising offsite export of material has beneficial effects to the economical and environmental costs of a scheme. Using PDS allows sites to be 3-dimensionally modelled in order to control quantities. It is also a powerful tool for providing setting out information for roads and sewers and generating layouts and sections, particularly cost effective in estate infrastructure design.