Benefits of CAD Design Software in Architecture

In today’s world, technology is becoming more and more advanced and is helping us come up with better, quicker, and more efficient ways of doings things. CAD design refers to computer-based drawings used for planning interiors, architectural structures, and for product design. Gone are the days of architectural blueprints, pencils, compasses and templates. CAD software has managed to change the architecture industry for the better, compared to 2D drafting by hand, CAD and CAAD software is more efficient. The software minimises redrafts, as instead of rubbing out or scrunching up the paper, you can undo actions with the click of a button.

CAD and CAAD (computer-aided architectural design) are very similar in concept, the only different is the computer-aided architectural design software includes more architecture-specific elements, for example, architectural techniques and a database of terms only found in the industry. Both types of software create accurate and complete drawings.

An advantage of CAD or CAAD software (over hand drawings) is the automation feature – this feature will automatically draw a digital representation of your structure from previous drawings. For example, if you drew the front view of a building using CAD then the intelligent software would be able to automatically generate a bird’s eye view from your 3D front view drawing. As long as the software has one 3D view of your building, it will be able to generate all other views saving you the time of drawing every view. CAD software allows architects to manipulate and modify images easily.

CAD software produces more realistic, accurate and comprehensive drawings than sketching by hand. The software can create photo-realistic representations, and can automatically generate other views from a previous drawing. Using CAD gives you access to existing designs so you won’t always have to start from scratch when planning a building, or you will at least have a base-point to start planning from. When an architect chooses to use a previous design without using CAD, it will usually involve tracing over an old plan, which takes a lot more time and energy than using the software to complete designs.

Most architects and architectural firms are using CAD software for a more pleasant and cost-effective experience when planning new buildings. If the client wants to revise a certain aspect of the design, it can easily be edited with a few clicks, saving the architect and client time and hassle.