ChangePlan Ltd  

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1998 to 2004

AutoCAD Customisation

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ChangePlan Ltd formed a close and long-standing working partnership with >Byrum UK Ltd (now Byrumlabflex Ltd), in providing laboratory & hospital storage systems across the UK and internationally.
We developed a bespoke AutoCAD application extension (using menu customisation, autolisp, activeX, etc.) to build a library of their range in 2D and full 3D to enable designers to quickly and efficiently produce 2D & 3D layouts.
From the start (using AutoCAD r10) we modelled all parts, using layers to separate the 2D representation (symbol) and the full 3D accurate model, allowing draughtsman to work on 2D plans, whilst still producing the full 3D layout.
Accuracy is key, when installing precision manufactured units, and with routines controlling then placement of frames, worktops, and units, ensured complete accuracy, enabling conflicts to be identified in the design process.
Elevations and views were then accessible instantly from the model ensuring accuracy and a true interpretation to the client of the end result.
This has evolved into the parts being used for accurate visualisations at the onset of the design process, ensuring the client can see, in full detail, the intended design and can make, previously prohibitive, revisions to their concepts without the usual costs, delays, and waste.
An additional drawing management system was developed, allowing accurate tracking and time costing of drawings against projects and cost centres within a central database.
Also, due to the nature of their particular field, the application can grow and be extended in house as more and new products are taken on by the company, giving them full control, and allowing the business to grow. Bespoke software development offer many unseen benefits.

August 2012

CNC tooling lathe camera software

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ChangePlan Ltd teamed up again with RJMS services to produce a bespoke in-house application for Vetro Tooling Ltd. They required software to interact with a hi frame rate camera sited over a CNC tooling lathe. The software allowed them to rapidly profile tools for duplication. A key aim was to give Vetro Tooling Ltd the ability to create profiles form an existing unique tool supplied by the customer. Often these were prototypes and one offs. The software allowed Vetro Tooling Ltd to produce an accurate profile of a tool fitted to the lathe and then save or export the profile, so that it could be imported into their favourite CAD software. The software also allowed profiles to be exchanged back and forth between the lathe application and proprietary CAD software applications utilising the standard DXF format.

April 2003

St George's hall, Liverpool.

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ChangePlan Ltd produced a full-scale 3D rendered model of the front of St George's Hall, Liverpool. The Building was covered in scaffolding during the officials visit to the city for the European Capital of Culture 2008, so a full size image (34m x 26m), printed by Macro Art, Great Gransden. The image had to be rendered in sections, due to software limitations, and then joined and blended together using software specifically written for the project. The image shown has been rescaled for the web. Its size was originally 4096 x 3072 (50mb) and there were 72 images to be assembled. Inset is the original image we were given to work from.

November 2004

Millennium Dome, London. Olympic bid 2012.

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ChangePlan Ltd calculated the distortion affects produced by placing straight lettering onto the curved surfaces of the Millennium dome, London. We then applied distortions to the original artwork for the London 2012 Olympic bid. The banner was made up of 16 panels (24m high x 4.5m wide) printed by Macro Art. When the panels were joined, the resulting banner followed the curvature of the Millennium dome, London, so that when a banner was anchored 1m above the surface. The lettering and graphics would appear straight when viewed from above, as the members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), flew in and out of London.

Friday, October 30th, 2020

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