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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 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

At first we wondered why we needed the services of Canham Consulting to oversee our rebuild but very quickly we realised how much pressure and worry they took away from us. To have builders, contractors, electricians, plumbers etc, etc, managed in a professional manner, making sure that jobs were completed how WE wanted them doing and at the same time keeping a check on all the costings was such a huge relief.

Professional company who take care to look after their client’s interests. Well worth their fee.

Nigel Bradley (Proprietor)
The Marsham Arms Coaching Inn

We have worked with Canham Consulting on various projects over the past ten years and have always been impressed with all of the services offered.

We have found their ‘on-site’ design advice especially invaluable to us as we take apart old and often complex buildings. The last thing we need is a crew of tradesmen waiting around for design advice when we find an unexpected ‘something’ on site.

Canhams haven’t let us down and that not only impresses us, but also keeps our client entirely satisfied.  Keep up the good work.

Matt Saunders (Managing Director)
BMC East Limited

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

Already recommended to friends. Many thanks.

Ms Payne

I am a sole practitioner architect in Norwich with over thirty years experience, the last fifteen of which have been spent running my own Practice, with a speciality in historic building work.

I have worked with Canham Consulting regularly over the last twenty years and they now provide structural advice on all my projects. During this time they have always provided an excellent engineering consultancy service. I have worked with various members of their team, and the service I have received has been and is exemplary. The scale of my work is relatively small, but they have always responded quickly and have the ability to contribute positively to a design at all stages. In addition they have always been a pleasure to work with and their friendly approach runs right through the Practice

David Aldridge (Principal)
David Aldridge Architecture Limited

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