Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer system (or workstations) to aid in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design.  CAD software is used to increase the productivity of the designer, improve the quality of a design, improve communications through documentation, and to create a database for manufacturing.(Wikipedia)

The ABI Workplace Design Specialist team (CAD) is one of the most integral aspects of the process to ensure that an office installation goes from an idea to a finished workplace of function and beauty.  The team at ABI is composed of six highly trained designers and architectural technologists that each contribute something a bit different to the process and continue to receive ongoing training on new products.  Meet our Workplace Design Specialist team.

Pictured: From left to right: Amanda Martindale, Becky Holt-Tisdale, Melissa Ferreira, Vanessa Bruneau, Ani Polimenakos, Karyssa Bastien

A CAD team member is involved early in the process to work with ABI account manager in creating options for clients in the form of a CAD drawing that illustrates a potential layout.  It is from this drawing that the client can look at the proposed layout of furniture, panels and walls and suggest changes that would help meet their needs.  As the components in a CAD drawing contain pricing and ordering information, it is possible to give a quote based on what is presented.  Here is an example of a CAD drawing.

Once the furniture components and their layout has been determined, what is often the most exciting part is the choosing the fabrics and finishes.  The CAD team at ABI uses a software called Canvas to develop renderings so that clients can actually see what their space will look like with chosen fabrics and finishes. See an example of a rendering below.

Becky Holt-Tisdale is one of the experienced members of the CAD team who says the team feeds off each other helping to create the best product every time.  Becky says that creating renderings that give the client a true idea of what their space will look like is one of her favourite parts. Here is another rendering created by Becky.

Another benefit of the of the CAD suite of technologies it that the drawing contains specifications and the information to create installation packages for each job.

ABI looks forward to helping you visualize your new workspace using computer-aid design technology.

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