A Coventry company which has
set up an on-line “hospital” for Computer Aided Design models is
moving ahead of the game thanks to the CW2000 project.
BADCAD.com was set up in
August by Professional Engineering after the firm received emergency
money to help it through the Rover crisis.
Previously dependent on Rover
for 40 per cent of its income, the sale of the motor giant by BMW
forced it to look at new sources of income.
The result was a world-first
on-line services solving problems with CAD models.
Sales director Giles Gaskell
“Clients e-mail us CAD
models which aren’t running properly, so that we can diagnose the
problem, put it right and send it back within just two working
The service has benefited from
being hooked up to CW2000, which is designed to encourage firms in the
area to use the latest ICT to improve competitiveness.
The package includes computer
hardware and software and includes a high-speed ADSL internet link.
Mr Gaskell said:
“Since the installation of
the ADSL link, our clients receive a more efficient service, and
although we have had no problems with it, it is comforting to know
that the CW2000 team is available to help if we do come across any
The company, based at the
TechnoCentre in Puma Way, recently won a technology award, sponsored
by Advantage West Midlands, Coventry University and British Telecom,
which rewards firms for embracing IT in innovative ways.
It has also won six new
clients, and has had a great number of queries, particularly from the