Alaska-based Haworth dealer uses CET Designer®/Canvas start to finish, without relying on AutoCAD
Several months ago, Ken Best started using CET Designer® and the Canvas Extension to design and specify projects.
He said it has cut the time to propose on projects in half.
Ken heads up the design department at AA-K Business Environments, a Haworth dealer in Anchorage, Alaska.
“The CET software has expanded our abilities a hundred-fold,” he said. “And when you include the ProjectSymbols Extension, we’ve got the entire Haworth line at our fingertips.”
AA-K uses the software to its full capability: from designing and specifying to generating renderings, bills of materials and installation instructions. He rarely uses AutoCAD, but when he does, he simply imports CAD drawings into CET Designer, or exports CET files back to AutoCAD.
“CET coupled with Canvas catches errors that I otherwise might make just specifying by hand.” He cited an example of a recent project that he started specifying by hand but switched to using CET Designer. “The software caught an error of mine that could have been quite costly. And when you consider really large projects, a simple error can significantly multiply costs. CET helps to catch those errors.”
Often, Ken will sit down with clients and use CET Designer and its Extensions to design and specify the space in collaboration. “This saves significant time, because clients are a part of the process and can see right away what works for them and what doesn’t. We make changes and finalize drawings often in one meeting. We eliminate going through multiple iterations of the design.”
In addition to saving time, the process also saves money. Before using the software, AA-K would contract out for expensive renderings. “Even then, those renderings were subject to change – and then we’d have to order more. But with CET Designer, we can generate photo-realistic renderings right there – and it’s just the cost of the paper we print it on.”
AA-K also in the past would order one “typical” of product to show the client exactly what he or she was buying. A workstation might cost $5,000 not including shipping. They’d also have to set up a special meeting for the client to view the product – consuming everyone’s time, including the client’s. If the client didn’t like the actual product, AA-K would “eat” the cost and the client would have to wait weeks more to get a new example shipped.
“We’re in Alaska, so everything comes by way of ocean freight – things take a longer time to get to us, and shipping isn’t cheap. So accurate ordering is huge to us,” Ken said. “CET Designer eliminates unnecessary shipping because the renderings the software produces show clients exactly what the product will look like installed.”
Ken is currently using CET Designer and the Canvas Extension to design and specify a 150-workstation project. He plans to use the software to its full capability, including generating a bill of materials and installation documents. He doesn’t plan to use AutoCAD.
“I basically started designing on a computer using CET Designer, not AutoCAD. CET is easy to learn and use – much easier than AutoCAD – and less costly. With CET, you don’t need a lot of technical ‘product parts and pieces’ knowledge because the software does it for you. This lets me focus on creating really good designs for my clients.”
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