After fighting through fixes and patches, propping up VBA with routines, and developing work-arounds, Howard needed to rein in the time his firm was losing to inefficiency and the profit lost to waste. He wanted his AutoCAD software customized correctly to meet the production demands of his floor covering estimation and AutoCAD departments.
In conferring with the industry-experienced services experts at Applied Software, Howard realized he could make the job of his CAD estimators easier, speed up his processes, reduce waste, and get a handle on cost-of-goods.
Beginning with Visual Basic and, with an eye to the future, transitioning to .NET C#, Howard worked with his Applied Software team to transform existing layout and estimating routines into an AutoCAD Application plug-in.
Using the new plug-in, Howard’s staff saves time using the boundary command, .NET Trace Boundary, to quickly define areas for floor covering and interpret that area by the length and width of the rectangular floor covering being used to fill the area. From there the cut sizes are accumulated into square yardage required, waste is calculated, and values are populated into forms for the user to review. The final step is automatic population of an Excel spreadsheet.
An integral part of Howard’s software overhaul was shifting from using text to using attributed blocks. A new project setup form also provides easier and faster job setup using project-specific settings to meet clients’ preferences, including naming conventions, ID codes and color fills.
When Howard decided to partner with Applied Software, he chose an industry champion with 26 years’ experience in bridging the divide between software and productivity. Howard achieved the efficiency and cost savings he needed. If you’d like to explore what the Applied Software experts can do for your firm, contact us today. Find out how you can transform your processes to meet production demands.