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Some of us can remember when these drawings were produced on the drawing board by hand, some have learnt their trade on Computer Aided Design packages. There remains a strong argument that the best designs are not produced in a blinkered world of software, but from the creative pencil of an experienced Designer!

The Industry is now moving away from this traditional approach, with the production of Building Models now being the intended communication. This way of working is often given the title BIM, which for many stands for Building Information Modelling (or Management).

A BIM Model has many advantages over its traditional 2-Dimensional counterpart. The Client can see and appreciate what the building will look like, how it will behave and how the end-user may interact with the layout and space. The Design Team can collaborate and share 3-Dimensional information from the very early stage, which helps to minimise errors and ensures that the designs are coordinated spatially and in a multi-disciplined environment.

Canham Consulting’s view is that BIM is only part of the solution. Any successful Project relies on good, positive communication and this is something we believe is one of our strengths. Our design concepts will often start with sketches and proposals, complemented with design meetings with various parties. This initial scoping stage is crucially important to convey the design approach.

Our 3-Dimensional Models are then created and linked together; our software is inter-operable which encourages open and positive communication between departments and other Professionals.

Our Structural Engineers use an Industry leading 3-Dimensional analysis and design package, which coordinates with a 3-Dimensional Modelling Program, allowing us to model any building of any size and complexity. Our Civil Engineers operate an innovative and multi-faceted ground modelling and infrastructure package of design software which coordinates with the Structural Engineers software, to allow the total construction to be modelled and developed in 3-Dimensions. Finally our Building Surveyors utilise intelligent Specification software which dovetails with our Structural and Civil packages, resulting in a fully collaborative and coordinated approach.


In addition to the examples above, we consider ourselves adept at challenging projects, and would welcome new and innovative schemes for us to test our skills! Should any of our services be of interest, please contact us via any of the methods available on our Contact Us page.

As architectural designers and planning consultants, we are often thinking outside the box when it comes to design, and often there comes a time when we require the help of a structural engineer to make our vision a reality.

It is very important to both us and our clients that we can work closely with an engineer to find a no-nonsense and practical solution to solving structural problems and that’s where our long term relationship with Canham’s hits the mark every time.

Time and time again, they have proved to be fast and reliable, and their refreshing pragmatic approach to problem solving always helps to keep our projects moving forwards with as little fuss as possible.

Ben Bullen (Managing Director)
DB Surveyors

As innovative developers we have always found Canham Consulting to be ready to embrace and support any new ideas that we throw at them. They worked with us to develop the idea with a sound and sensible knowledge base together with a practical approach.

When we developed and patented a new Passivhaus building system, Canham were engaged with us at the beginning with practical technical advice and encouragement. We have had and hopefully will continue to enjoy a valuable working relationship with them.

Rosemary & Ron Beattie (Corporate Directors)
Beattie Passive

Very helpful from pre-purchase throughout building/contract management.  Sound advice and good helpful communication.

Already recommended to friends. Many thanks.

Ms Payne

I have been working on J Breheny Contractors Environment Agency South East Minor Works Framework for the past four years, and in that time the parameters of the framework have changed from having fully client designed schemes to being contractor design and build projects.

In order to respond to this change we approached Rob Panter and his team to bolster our in house resources. We found they were very willing to provide the service we require in order for us to fulfil our commitments of the framework.

We have found the service provided of the highest standards which meet the requirements of us as a contractor, and an end client that demands high standards.

Canham Consulting have always provided us with the information and documentation we require on time, which sometimes require them to work to tight deadlines.

We have always found Rob and the team to be very user friendly and look forward to a good future working relationship between our two companies.

Jamie Savage (Senior Estimator)
J Breheny Contractors Ltd

Having worked in partnership with Canham Consulting over the past ten years on many varied projects we have found the company and their staff members to be trustworthy and helpful and would not hesitate to recommend them to any potential enquirer. Canham Consulting have become our preferred choice of Structural and Civil Engineers.

Ian Mutton (Managing Director)
SMG Architects Ltd

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