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Capita Symonds to Revolutionise Design Output

7 February 2011





Capita Symonds has launched a new Design Innovation Project (DIP) which aims to revolutionise the company’s design process.

The project will enhance and improve efficiency in the use of CAD as well as developing a market-leading capability in Building Information Modelling (BIM), maximising Capita Symonds’ ability to win design work. The programme is focused on achieving tangible benefits such as:

  • Increased sales wins;
  • Increased design productivity;
  • Reduced Professional Indemnity risk due to inherently co-ordinated design;
  • Cost savings on CAD/BIM-related investments.

The DIP team is planning to deliver these benefits through a company-wide collaborative programme combining the following core work streams:-

  1. High performance CAD Management.
  2. Structured Training Programme.
  3. Excellent BIM Capability.
  4. Convergent CAD Standards & Processes
  5.  Software Rationalisation.

The first projects are due to begin shortly, including the launch of the Structured Training Programme, a divisional roadshow which will help ensure that design teams are getting the most out of the various technologies while providing some active support for early adopter BIM projects.

To support the project Capita Symonds has also signed a three year strategic partnership with Autodesk – the global company responsible for AudCAD and Revit, as well as the software that delivered Avatar and most Xbox/PS3 games including Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty.

This deal represents a major investment by Capita Symonds and includes:

  •  500 concurrent ‘Multi-Flex’ licenses that means anyone can use any of their products (and at no charge out of office hours – great for self learning);
  • £300k training & consultancy credits that will help give Capita Symonds industry-leading capabilities;
  • Autodesk Customer Success Manager – Dedicated training, consultancy and support.

The license model also addresses multi-legal entity use which means acquisitions will have instant access to the full breadth of software and support.

Capita Symonds is currently designing St Silas primary school in Blackburn, one of the first projects to use a fully integrated BIM model. The company is working with Balfour Beatty Construction on the scheme.