CAD is Best

Posted by Helen Hardcastle on Saturday, August 16, 2014 Under: CAD
There are quite a few companies providing floor plan software to estate agents now and I thought it would be interesting to compare them with using CAD to draw floor plans.
Having looked at two or three now, I can see the appeal for estate agents who do not have staff with CAD skills. They all seem to be very clever systems which use generic blocks to create a basic floor plan. For the average residential property it produces a pretty good floor plan which most estate agents will be happy with. However, for non standard residential properties and for all commercial premises, this kind of software is really not as good as traditional CAD. It does not allow the user to put in all the detail that is required, for example different wall thicknesses, unusual window detail, different door widths, accurate door and window positioning, unusual staircases, etc etc. Also, particularly for commercial premises, CAD has the advantage that it can be used not only for drawing a marketing floor plan, but subsequently a detailed plan will allow space planning to be done, and it can be used as a lease plan, for facilities management and many other uses.
So, floor planning software has its place, but I believe the skills of a CAD floor planner are still needed for anything except a bog standard residential property.
Compare these two plans and let me know what you think.

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