Cadventure Celebrates 25 Years
March 26th, 2014
Cadventure started as an idea of Paul’s to use his experience and expertise to help Architects and Engineers to get the best from technology. When his car broke down one fateful day in 1989, whilst waiting for it to be fixed he took the opportunity to find our first office in Kingston-Upon-Thames so that he could bring his idea to life.
He chose the name Cadventure, as everything we do was centred on CAD, and starting his own company was an adventure. So in the same week that Sir Tim Berners-Lee proposed the idea of the internet, Cadventure was born.
Foster + Partners were our first client who asked Paul to tune their DEC VAX machines and sort out their electro-static plotters. We have worked with them many times in the last twenty-five years. This was the first of many consultancy engagements to which we added training and software sales.
Significant milestones along the way include becoming a Bentley Channel Partner in 1993, introducing 3D printers to our clients in 2005 and being appointed as the SpaceClaim reseller in 2010.
In 1993 Paul purchased his first mobile phone that helped us secure a five year contract with South Western Electric Board. Today, we are told that the same computing power in the Apple iPhone 5s would have cost $3.5 million in 1991.
The Building Centre has been our London home since 1997 when Elaine joined Cadventure to help out with a bit of filing and the Accounts. Things have changed a little on that front since then!
For the past seven years we also have an office on Cotswold Airport near Cirencester, which is home to our Head Office team. We have recently expanded our 3D print services to the South West.
For those of you who know Paul, you will understand that he is not conventional in the way he does business. He is passionate about the technology, encourages us to think outside the box, to be flexible to help our clients and to value these relationships. Sometimes the clock is not always ticking and if necessary we break the rules to get the job done.
Cadventure truly is a family company. Whilst we have grown and adapted our range of activities over the last twenty-five years, to include 3D printing and BIM consultancy, we remain true to our vision to help architects and engineers use technology to do their business more efficiently. As we mark our silver jubilee, we thank our clients for your sustained commitment to us and our suppliers for your support and encouragement. Many of you have become good friends.
Finally, Paul and I would like to thank our Cadventure team, both past and present staff for all that you do.
Together, we look forward to the next twenty-five years.
With kind regards