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Engineering Services
CAD Masters whole-heartedly believes in the concept of practicing what we preach. We go one step further by reversing the phrase to; we preach what we practice. We take great pride in the quality and accuracy of our finished product as well as our production speed. As supplemental staff for your project, CAD Masters will rigidly adhere to your established CAD standards and deliver the completed drawings in an efficient and timely manner. We encourage you to take a close look at the range of professional services we provide. Please call us if you have any questions or would like to review our past project work.

Software Implementation Services

CAD Masters’ diverse background lends well to the planning, implementation, and support of comprehensive BIM initiatives. We understand not only the intricate details of hardware and software, architecture, civil engineering and construction, but also the interactions between them. We work with clients on all aspects of CAD Management from network and workstation hardware through end user training and project support. We assist with all aspects of implementation from initial planning and procurement through workflow development and training. We have solved thousands of technical problems and worked with our clients on hundreds of real-world projects.

Autodesk solution implementation is our specialty. We can help you:

  • Plan for hardware and network backbone requirements
  • Develop CAD standards and a plan for document management
  • Develop project workflow and procedures, QA/QC
  • Recommend and provide software and maintenance
  • Deploy, configure and customize software applications
  • Develop and customize curriculum
  • Provide comprehensive software training
  • Provide project management, engineering and consulting
  • Provide on-going project support
  • Provide software update training and technical phone support
  • Provide administrative support (asset management and license files)

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Drafting and Plotting Services

CAD Masters is fully equipped to complete all or a portion of the design and drafting of your engineering and architectural projects.  As advanced CAD users and trainers, you can be assured that work will be completed in an efficient and timely manner.

Production drawings will conform to your company’s CAD standards, NCS, or AIA standards and can be delivered in any AutoCAD format. Check plots will be sent regularly via electronic mail or overnight mail for your review and approval. Final plots can be delivered on bond, vellum or mylar. For Civil BIM  projects, we can provide project model files including digital terrain models, pipe models, corridor models, data collector coordinate files, etc. Architectural BIM projects can be delivered with the 3D building model and MEP model in Revit or AutoCAD Architecture format.  Rendered images can be provided in TIF format or color plot.

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Civil Engineering


CAD Masters’ registered civil engineers are recognized professionals within California’s engineering community. With a wide variety of past project experiences they can tackle the most difficult and demanding CAD production processes. The following is a list of some of the civil engineering and surveying services we provide:

  • Corridor Design and Modeling
  • Site Design and Modeling
  • Pipe Design and Modeling

Specifically:

  • Plan Development
  • Tentative Map Design and Production
  • Final Map Production
  • Site Plan Layout
  • Alignment Studies
  • Digital Terrain Modeling
  • Mass Grading and Earthwork Balancing
  • Storm Drain and Sanitary Sewer Design
  • Water System Analysis and Design
  • Hydrologic and Hydraulic Analysis
  • Point Staking Calculations
  • Design and Drafting of Structural Details
  • Project Visualization

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Architectural and Building Services

Our architectural and structural engineering staff is extremely accomplished in the use of both the Revit Suite of products and AutoCAD Architecture. We have assisted our clients on a variety of commercial and residential building projects. The following services are available:

  • BIM:  3D Design and Modeling
  • Structural Design and Calculations
  • Drafting of Plans, Elevations, and Sections
  • Drafting of Electrical, HVAC, and Mechanical Plans
  • Drafting of Architectural and Structural Details
  • 3D Modeling, Perspectives, Rendering and Animations

 

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On-Site Project Assistance and Training

CAD Masters also offers on-site project related consulting and training. With registered Professional Engineers on staff, we can assist in the production and design of a project while training your staff in the use of Autodesk technology. Your staff will gain first hand experience using the software to complete a real project, from beginning to end. Learn valuable problem solving skills while tackling the unexpected or unusual circumstances inevitably encountered in any design. In addition, the CAD Masters engineer or designer can be billed directly to the job, absorbing the cost of the training. Participating staff can be utilized to instruct and assist remaining staff on future projects. Project related training can be continuous, or scheduled on an as-needed basis. Please call for more information.

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Custom Programming

Do you have a specific objective that existing software does not address? From the simplest AutoLisp function to complex C, C#, C++, VB, VB.Net, Visual Lisp, and Java  our programmers can transform a complex process into a simple point and click. Call us to discuss your needs.

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Data and GIS

Information is everywhere these days but we can’t necessarily get our hands on exactly what we want when we want it.  Much of our information still resides in paper format, and what exists digitally is often in disparate locations at various revision levels and under the control of decentralized silos.  Compiling that data and quantifying results can be a daunting task.  Imagine what we could accomplish with all of that data current and at our fingertips.

All hail the database!  Database technology has revolutionized our ability to store and access data.  But how to get our information into a database?  And how to access it efficiently once it’s there?

CAD Masters staff are experts in the automated conversion and compilation of disparate data sources into a centralized data structure.  We are also experts in the development and customization of graphical interfaces by which to access and manipulate that data.  As engineers, we specialize in data associated with utilities, facilities, and other hard assets, and we’re used to finding that data in paper drawings, AutoCAD drawings, and SHP files.  As programmers, our experience includes extensive development in the areas of FDO and EDD, the primary components of AutoCAD Map 3D.  We are experts in both SQL and Oracle, and all of our applications are currently being developed using Microsoft .NET technology to ensure long term compatibility with Autodesk products, Microsoft products, and internet technology.

Our past projects have included the development of custom applications that read information from AutoCAD design drawings, insert and track parts, estimate costs and quantities, and produce required reports, detail drawings, or even data to a saw that cuts lumber.

We’ve automated the conversion of large digital dwg archives into a standard format, extracting and manipulating data as required.  We’ve written applications to build an AutoCAD drawing from scratch from a series of database records, and vice versa.  We’re intimately familiar with the coding of AutoCAD Civil 3D and can easily extract data from Civil 3D or create Civil 3D objects from database information.  And we’re experts in website development should our clients desire to publish their data either internally or externally in web format.

Our most interesting project was the development of an asset design and management solution for City of Palo Alto Utilities, a centralized GIS.  CAD Masters extracted and combined all data for all utilities into a centralized database structure.  Some of this existing data was in paper format, some in MS Excel and Access, some in a library of dwg files and still more in a custom GIS architecture.  The data can now be accessed by engineers for design, field technicians for maintenance, and administrative staff for project billing and service requests.  AutoCAD Map 3D, with an Oracle backbone, is used to control the rules based design and workflow.  SAP is used to provide parts inventory and extract project cost.  Graphical interfaces have been developed both inside and outside of CAD to allow data input and query by various departments.  And a custom application synchronizes Oracle to SQL for access by a multitude of staff at the City.  CAD Masters’ combined experience in Civil Engineering and database programming enabled us to make this full scale GIS implementation a success.

Our background positions us to assist you with any data or GIS initiative.  Call us to discuss your needs in detail.

 

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