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Welcome to the XS CAD Blog, a resource for our users to read informative articles, tips, insights, and industry best practice for pre-construction, virtual planning, 2D/3D CAD, BIM, and IPD. Read more about the benefits of these solutions to stakeholders operating in the AEC industry. Our blog is organised into specific topics - feel free to navigate the various sections on the right.

What’s in a Homebuilding CD Set?

Posted - February 19, 2019
InternalBlog-13th Feb 2019 - What's in a Homebuilding CD Set

CD sets contain vast swathes of information necessary for a clear presentation of construction design. We briefly consider the details included in such residential construction drawings.

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Fire systems design is tailored for each building, involving a holistic approach. For hospitals, fire design service providers must consider different parts of the fire systems design process and what individual systems are most suitable.


Just as every great building begins with a single brick or plank, designing with Revit begins with a Revit family. Revit family creation is a specialised multi-layered field of expertise in design modelling and drafting.

Why 3D Benefits Retail Design

Posted - January 14, 2019
3D Benefits Retail Design

The advent of 3D design improved the effects of retail design in a number of ways.

UK US Houses - Similarities and Differences

A summary of the similarities and differences of architectural design in the United Kingdom and the United States

InternalBlog- Widening Opportunities with Revit Family Models24th Dec 2018

The usefulness of Revit family models lies in its ability to create uniformity, accurate sizing and depict aesthetics that are precise, while using small models to create larger, more complex ones.

Key Features of Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable architecture incorporates structural design and MEP systems design into the architectural framework to develop a building that enriches its surroundings.

MEP Prefabrication - Process and Benefits

Though panels and modules can be efficiently prefabricated, the prefabrication of complete MEP systems is more complex and merits a closer look at the process and benefits of prefabrication.

How BIM Adds Value to Retail Design

Posted - September 27, 2018
InternalBlog-26th Sept 2018

Intense competition in the retail industry drives increased levels of performance across the board, and a key impetus to success in this industry is the visual appeal and functionality of retail outlets. From the point of signing a lease for a new property, the retailer usually faces a race against time to get the new store up and running as quickly as possible.

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Prefabrication in MEP systems is the practice of manufacturing components of building services in a factory or other manufacturing site and transporting complete assemblies of MEP components or sub-assemblies to the relevant construction site.