Computer-aided design

Computer-aided design, or CAD, primarily refers to the use of design applications on computer systems to assist in the:

  • creation;
  • analysis; and/or
  • optimisation

of a structure.

It is used extensively in many environments and increasingly is also used in the production and support of an idea, model or prototype.

But CAD is not just about designing: it strongly promotes the principles of collaborative work and knowledge-sharing in the built environment.

This section is maintained by Rachel Moan, a Chartered Management Consultancy Surveyor at Cheshire West and Chester Council.