#computer_aided_design, #CAD, #calculations_automation

Project description

POSforAFS is a software solution designed to streamline the process of formwork calculations in the construction industry. Formwork is an essential component of concrete structures, defining the boundaries for pouring and holding the liquid concrete until it sets. Traditionally, formwork calculations have been manual and time-consuming, requiring significant expertise and attention from engineers. POSforAFS aims to automate this process, utilizing Autodesk AutoCAD drawings as input data to efficiently calculate formwork configurations.

Project summary

Business goals:
develop the system that helps engineers increase formwork calculations' speed.
1 developer, 1 project manager
Applied technologies:
C#, .NET WPF, .NET AutoCAD API, Windows Forms

Business Challenge

The manual process of formwork calculation posed several challenges for engineers and construction projects. It was time-intensive, often taking days to weeks to complete, especially for complex structures or when modifications were required.

Additionally, the accuracy and consistency of calculations depended heavily on the expertise of individual engineers. These inefficiencies led to increased project costs, resource utilization, and turnaround times, ultimately impacting project timelines and budgets.


To address these challenges, we developed POSforAFS, a software solution integrated with Autodesk AutoCAD. The software employs a specialised algorithm to analyse outline drawings of concrete structures and automate formwork calculations.

The algorithm prioritises the minimisation of formwork panels, maximizing reuse for subsequent pouring stages. By leveraging automation and algorithmic precision, POSforAFS significantly reduces the time and effort required for formwork calculations.

Delivered Results

Since its implementation, POSforAFS has delivered substantial improvements in formwork calculation efficiency and project outcomes:

  • Cost Reduction: The software has led to a 70% reduction in the cost associated with calculating formwork panels. By optimising panel usage and minimising wastage, projects have realised significant cost savings.
  • Turnaround Time: POSforAFS has achieved an 85% increase in turnaround time for formwork calculations. What once took several weeks can now be completed in a matter of hours, accelerating project timelines and improving overall efficiency.
  • Resource Utilisation: With the automation provided by POSforAFS, engineers can allocate their time and expertise more effectively. Reduced manual labor in formwork calculations frees up engineering resources for other critical tasks, enhancing productivity and project management.

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