COTEC is a French engineering office founded in 1981. The company has a long history of working with Autodesk AutoCAD and they have recently included some Autodesk Revit-based projects with the help of MagiCAD Electrical, Piping and Ventilation. Mr David Hadzi-Manic is a CAD, BIM, MEP and Coordination Manager for COTEC based in Paris. He agreed to share with us how they have benefited from MagiCAD software.
Mr Hadzi-Manic himself had been a die-hard fan of AutoCAD and originally started out with AutoCAD 2.6 which was on hard disk back in the day! Things evolved quickly, however, and even though recently about 90% of his projects were still AutoCAD-based, there was an increasing need to save time on projects. Using Revit meant changing philosophies at work, and Mr Hadzi-Manic realised he had a huge task in front of him in setting up the templates, creating families, and adapting to the new way of drawing. This is when he turned to his long-trusted partner REFSA for advice.
“I have worked with REFSA since my previous job, so for about 10 years now, and I trust them. They are always in touch with me to ask how they can help, and they have up-to-date industry knowledge. I’ve known their sales team for about 10 years and I can rely on them to keep me up to date.”
Among other projects, at the time Mr Hadzi-Manic was working on housing projects with a lot of details and time-consuming repetitive tasks, so REFSA suggested trying MagiCAD. The features in MagiCAD helped him to double his productivity overall.
“With MagiCAD I was able to double my working speed. I essentially cut my project time in half, which is an immense time saving. There are lots of effective productivity tools in MagiCAD, for example in housing projects it was extremely time-consuming to draw new pipe angles and MagiCAD facilitates this. It is that kind of clever thinking that helps me save about 50% of my total project time.”
“One of the big advantages with MagiCAD, as well as the template you can use immediately, is the development of their object library which includes material that has been verified by the actual manufacturer of those pieces and are directly functional. In case of technical questions their answers come quickly and there is even an option to discuss directly with a specialist.”