ProtoCAD Designs, Inc. (Formerly Design, CAD & Prototype Services) has been in business since 1998, providing high quality on and off-site BIM, design, detailing, spooling and CAD services. We provide a wide range of Design services including: Plumbing, Mechanical and Process Pipe for market sectors that include Multi-Residential, Commercial, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Bio-Med and High-Tech. We have excellent working relationships with regional mechanical contractors, engineers, general contractors, direct clients and vendors.
With over 50 years of combined experience in Building Information Modeling (BIM), we can provide designs in 2D or 3D. With our skill sets, we are able to quickly identify interferences, assist with coordination issues and streamline the generation of material take-offs, spools and fabrication drawings. Simply put, our expertise enables our clients to save time, minimize costs, and achieve success.
Modeling and Coordinating
We start by compiling all the engineering documents: specs, P&IDs, design models, meeting notes, RFI's and incorporating them all into the 3D building model. We then coordinate the model spatially in cooperation with all the other trades on the project. Here we can identify constructability issues such as access, ergonomics, and clashes before they become real world problems in the field. We also identify areas where we can minimize welds and fittings in order to save time and resources.
Shop Drawings & Spool Maps
Once in the model, we dimension out our systems against known grid lines and monuments in order to easily locate and maximize efficiency in the field. Additionally, we provide isometric views and map out all spool pieces in the model.
Spooling and Fabrication
Once modeled, dimensioned, and QA/QC'ed against the engineering documents, we start releasing spool packages. These packages, complete with a BOM on every spool sheet, will allow you to pre-fabricate the majority of the spool pieces off-site. Once fabricated, the spool pieces can be transported to the field and welded together with minimal down times.