Since 1991, Cadvantage Drafting Service has met the need for well-researched HVAC shop drawings. The ability of our detailing department to work seamlessly with our client’s project managers and staff has led to a consistent expansion of our company over the past twenty years.
Technology and Training
Years ago, there was insufficient industry specific software available to the sheet metal contractor. Cadvantage developed its own custom AutoCAD-based software that was accurate, efficient and tailored specifically to HVAC duct design. Experienced detailers work in a 3-D environment. The main advantage is the ability to avoid conflicts between disciplines. This 3-D software has enabled Cadvantage to be a viable BIM (Building Information Modeling) partner. Our on-site programmer allows us to customize each project to our contractor’s company standards.
As BIM requirements are increasing we can assist those contractors who must have this technological ability in order to be awarded a contract. Currently, our detailers are able to produce the 3-D drawings and upload daily, if required, for incorporation into the 3-D model. One of the services we offer is to attend the weekly online coordination meeting on behalf of our contractors. With the addition of NavisWorks software we have the ability to take the lead for the coordination meetings, which is a definite benefit to the Sheet Metal Contractor. A priority for our team is to come prepared to each meeting and work with all disciplines to achieve accuracy and solve conflicts. The obvious benefit to our clients is the time and money saved in the field. Avoidance of costly mistakes prior to fabrication and installation is justification for the expense of well-researched HVAC 3-D drawings.