Say hello to Hristo Guentchev Managing director of Prototyp, a real-life Ted Rossdale, and the man who brought in BricsCAD at Prototyp. A philosophical, well-humoured man, who for the last 20 years has worked as a structural engineer.

What does Prototyp do?

Prototyp and its 85 Engineers work alongside architects to make the facades for some incredible buildings around the world. Their portfolio includes; the Gasholder Triplets, Kings Cross, London, UK, the Largo Sofia, Sofia Municipal City, Bulgaria, and the Brickell City Center building, Miami, FL (header image), USA.

Largo Sofia Building, view from undeneath the road. © Prototyp

Software requirements

To make these structural marvels Prototyp create tender, approval, manufacture, and assembly drawings, along with structural calculations and bills of materials. This means they require software products for 2D design, 3D parametric design, freeform surface modeling, database software, product configuration, and databases.

Why BricsCAD?

BricsCAD covers all the 2D and 3D tools you need. It combines features of almost all the software packages we use, integrated into one software.

BricsCAD does that all in one .dwg based product. Hristo mentioned that he thought BricsCAD sets itself apart from other software packages because BricsCAD Mechanical has sheet metal capabilities, whilst BricsCAD BIM allows his team to add BIM data.

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The Gasholder Triplets, Kings Cross, London, UK © Copyright John Sutton


It [BricsCAD] uses a very widespread data format: .dwg. The de facto program in the industry. In addition to that, we are also able to create BIM models. This is something that we need more often now in the construction industry.

2D and 3D

Another unique feature of BricsCAD, Hristo observed, is that it provides the option to work in a way that best fits an individual’s skill set.

For engineers used to working in 2D, it is easier to start working in 3D with BricsCAD than with any other tool because you just follow the same pattern.

He also noted that, in his industry, many engineers are more used to working in 2D and some problems are better solved in 3D. If an engineer has never used 3D before it can be daunting for them to make the move to 3D. They have to learn a whole new interface. With BricsCAD, this isn’t the case, you can stay in the same software package. Given the high barrier of entry required moving to 3D before BricsCAD, it was inefficient for Prototyp to work in 3D. Now it’s much more cost-effective.

Brickell City Centre, Miami, FL, USA © Monica Grigorescu

Perpetual licenses

Another consideration for Prototyp is that Bricsys offers perpetual (permanent) licenses. This makes Prototyp less dependant on their software provider and, as Hristo jokes, they can not be “held to ransom”. The option to own a permanent license means that Prototyp can choose when and if they upgrade their software. If they don’t upgrade they can still continue to use BricsCAD at no extra cost.

Hristo said that he believes a permanent licensing structure forces Bricsys to work harder to prove to users that an upgrade is worth the purchase and this, of course, forces Bricsys into better innovation and creates a better product.

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