FAQ General

      1. Who are CSD?
      2. What is Cloud Computing?
      3. What is CSD Web Licensing?
      4. What is CAD?
      5. What is BIM?

Who are CSD?

CS Design Software (CSD) produces powerful, easy-to-use computer aided design software for the landscape and garden design market throughout the UK and abroad.

CSD was established in 1996 and has established a reputation for producing sophisticated solutions for landscape professionals.

CS Artisan is the flagship product with a focus on delivering intelligent ‘data-rich’ drawings that can be interrogated to produce detailed reports, such as estimates, schedules and bills of quantity. Label data and associated report records are continually updated as drawing objects are modified throughout a project’s life-cycle.

Since 2010, CS Artisan has been engineered as a web-integrated landscape solution with core services being delivered directly via the Cloud.  This positioned CSD solutions as an essential and readily available online repository for the landscape industry and to provide a solid framework on which to develop new Building Information Modelling (BIM) solutions.

What is Cloud Computing??

Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet). Clouds can be classified as public, private or hybrid.

Cloud computing – “the Cloud” – focuses on maximizing the effectiveness of shared resources.  Cloud resources are usually not only shared by multiple users but are also dynamically reallocated per demand.  With Cloud computing, multiple users can access a single server to retrieve and update centralised data.

What is CSD Web Licensing?

Installable products and Cloud-based services are controlled via the CSD web licensing system that offers considerable flexibility to accommodate a wide variety of user types and product options.  Web licensing negates issues of technical support for third-party hardware protection devices (dongles) and provides users with an online profile interface to view and manage licences centrally.

What is CAD?

CAD (Computer Aided Design or draughting) is the use of computer systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design. CAD software is used to increase the productivity of the designer, improve the quality of design, improve communications through documentation and to create a database for construction or manufacture. CAD output is often in the form of electronic files for print, information exchange, construction or other manufacturing operations.

Computer-aided design is used in many fields and includes the process of creating a technical drawing with the use of computer software.

CAD software for uses vector-based graphics to depict objects of traditional drafting but may also include raster graphics showing the overall appearance of designed objects. The output of CAD must convey information, such as materials, processes, dimensions, and tolerances, according to application-specific conventions.

CAD may be used to design curves and figures in two-dimensional (2D) space or curves, surfaces, and solids in three-dimensional (3D) space.

Non-graphical data is often integral to CAD  and processes are usually included to enable users to extract data as reports, schedules or estimates.

What is BIM?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a strategic process to design life-cycle project management from cradle to grave. BIM incorporates data – physical, commercial, environmental & operational, on every element of a development’s design. Fundamentally BIM is about doing data exchange better.