Pondering the coming year – 2022

As I write this, it is raining here in Vancouver. I am sitting in my home office which happens to be pretty close to our Christmas tree. The rain is comforting and mesmerizing as I ponder the shape of the approaching year – 2022.

For the past 25 to 30 years I have played the role as computer draftsperson, mainly assisting interior designers in the creation of their construction drawings. As I ponder my past, I see that I have helped draw airports, universities, libraries, hospitals, high-rise residential towers, restaurants, ski resorts, malls, and office spaces. I have worked in AutoCAD, Revit, and SketchUp, in 2D and 3D.

This leads me to a confession I need to make. I did not start out as a draftsperson, I started out as a game maker. Yes, as in board games. By the time I was a teenager I had amassed a vast collection of personal homemade board games. I still have some of my best games I bring out when my cousins come over for a game night. I even worked for Columbia Games for several years as a graphic artist.

I know what you are thinking, how does that apply to drafting and interior design? When I was working on the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport as gate keeper and drafting lead, I realized I did not see the airport the same way the architects and interior design teams did. I did not see the walls and spaces, I saw the process of the airport. I saw two large factories, outbound and inbound. The outbound had a stream of passengers queuing up at check-in, being separated from their luggage, screened at security, collected in a holding area that had food and gifts they could buy until they boarded their plane. The inbound factory had the passengers come off the plane, pass through duties and declarations, reunite themselves with their baggage and loved ones and exit the building.

The truth is, I think in systems and flows. I believe without that skill I would not have been able to help so many designers and firms over these last 25 to 30 years.

This leads to 2022 and you. These last two years have been unusual for sure.

As I am planning my 2022 calendar, I have a couple of slots available to help designers create their drawings and 3D renders. Once those slots are filled I will be at capacity. Sorry.

I should let you know that I have helped such firms as Stantec, MCM Interiors, David Green Design, Shrubb Design, Peregrine, and Artek, to name a few.

If you think you and your team could benefit from a drafting boost. Please feel free to contact me at gsteinhilber@draftinations.com. We can discuss how we can work together and get 2022 back on track. Until then, Merry Christmas and God bless you in the coming year.

Garry Steinhilber
Draftinations CAD Automation Solutions

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How to work with a commercial interiors drafting service

Working with a commercial interiors drafting service is much like working with your in-house design team. It is essentially a repeating loop of you providing me with a markup or sketch as a scanned .PDF and I returning to you a .PDF and a .DWG drawing for you to review and comment. This loop repeats many times until we converge on a set of construction drawings.

Some clients prefer to work in AutoCAD, SketchUp, or Revit. In that case your team and I would synchronize our software tools so that the round trip of information becomes seamless. This usually happens when you have your in-house staff sharing the creation of construction drawings with me and we divide the work. In essence I would act as an overflow to your in-house design team.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at gsteinhilber@draftinations.com