Meet Paul Schijfsma the Man Who Brought in BricsCAD at Stageco. Paul works as a Senior Engineer and Head of R&D department of Stageco, Netherlands. He’s responsible for the technical structure of the stages and he runs the team of drafters and engineers that create .dwg drawings.

What does Stageco do?

You might never have heard of Stageco before, but you’ve almost certainly seen their work. Stageco is responsible for the stages of some of the world’s most famous musicians and festivals; Bon Jovi, U2, the Rolling Stones, Grass Pop, Taylor Swift, and Beyonce, to name but a few!’

dwg drawings used to create stages

Why BricsCAD?

The main advantage of BricsCAD for Stageco is speed. Paul remarked that BricsCAD loads drawings very quickly, allowing his team to work rapidly, even with complex drawings. Paul also claimed that BricsCAD provided tools to lighten drawings in ways other CAD software did not.

We have had CAD programs in the past, that were also .dwg based, but we work with large constructions, with lots of parts and we always had to wait when we zoomed in or rotated.


He explained that Stageco uses a lot of custom 3rd party applications. There is even a company in Holland that has created a lot of applications for BricsCAD that are specially designed for the event industry. It has a lot of libraries with lights, scaffolding, PA, video’s, etc. This means it’s important for Stageco to have control of their software. If you don’t own a software package, you’re not in control of updates. If you’re not in control of updates, your software can stop working with the external tools that you use.

BricsCAD is a pretty open software. You can add your own applications and adapt it to your specific needs.

.dwg drawings

The drawings are sent to the other companies that Stageco works with and are the first indicator of the cost and load lists (in BricsCAD, this can be created with one click of a button). They also form the basis for the instructional drawings given to the people that build the stages. Video, light, sound, and decoration all use the same drawings. BricsCAD uses .dwg as standard and most companies in the event business, use the same .dwg drawing format. This means Stageco can send their files without losing any data.

There is so much relying on the drawings and the whole CAD-system.

Paul is also a fan of the Communicator for BricsCAD which allows Stageco to export to a wide range of file formats. It can be useful when sending the files to machinery like laser cutters, CNC machines, and saw machines.

The switch

Before BricsCAD the team looked at different programs. Paul searched and tested different packages along with the other members of his team.

When testing BricsCAD they found that a lot of the tools felt familiar. They were also able to modify BricsCAD’s workspace and shortcuts to match the way they were accustomed to working. As an added bonus, they were already working in .dwg, which meant that the switch was pretty quick and they could continue using the same libraries and blocks as they had previously.

dwg drawings

On top of this BricsCAD offered a lot of additional features and functionality. This enabled them to improve their existing block libraries and make their drawings lighter.

BricsCAD offered us a lot of extra tools…[we] get more out of BricsCAD than we ever could with the other software.

They have now been working with BricsCAD for around 4 years and have no plans to switch back.

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