More and more we find ourselves needing to co-ordinate the ideas of clients, designers, subcontractors and our own workshops. Sometimes a simple sketch can go straight to production,  but it is often useful to work up the design using Computer Aided Design (CAD) to evaluate options and to create working drawings. CAD is a tool, not a substitute for good design, but we do find it helpful for development, as the following examples show

(click on the images to go to relevant projects)

From the initial mock-up and sketches, a range of options for this intricate piece could be developed. Once the design was approved, the working drawings for manufacture were simply printed off.
In this project, as well as the need to explore design variations, we also needed to co-ordinate the design between the shipyard in one country, the designer in another, the customer in a third, and our own workshops.
For more complex projects, CAD provides a bridge between surveyor, client and workshop. The examples here show (from top to bottom);


  • the results of a survey
  • conversion of an architects drawing
  • a design worked up from scratch

One of a number of stages in the design of this table, again with dimensioned working drawings subsequently available for the workshop. It is easy to generate variations on the design to suit different environments
This sketch done on site to help firm up the client's ideas.