Computer-aided design, or CAD, primarily refers to the use of design applications on computer systems to assist in the:
- analysis; and/or
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. CAD has recently gained a lot of attention due to BIM, 3D printing and the increase in construction projects around the world. Yet it’s still seen as a relatively specialised skill – and is one that is highly beneficial to individuals and organisations.