Aberdeen's Cadherent Triples Staffing Levels, Plans Further Expansion

Aberdeen design and draughting specialist Cadherent has tripled staffing levels and increased the size of its office by 50% as it vows to push ahead with further expansion plans in 2009.

The company is looking to employ more skilled workers after adding six staff to its computer aided design (CAD) team in the past 12 months. Cadherent currently has nine employees.

The energy sector specialist has also agreed a lease to expand the size of its Carden Place offices in the city's West End by 50%.
As well as growing as a business, Cadherent recently achieved ISO 9001:2000 -- the internationally recognized standard for quality management processes.

Managing Director David Thomson and Operations Director Chris Reid plan to continue the success story despite the current economic climate.

Thomson, who has more than 20 years' experience in the energy sector, said, "We believe the high quality of our work and our client-focused service will stand us in good stead throughout this year and beyond. A testament to our service was the ISO certification and we are extremely proud of that achievement.

"I'm confident there is a bright future for outsourcing design and draughting solutions despite the current economic climate.

"Virtually all of our work has come through word of mouth. Both Chris and I know what it’s like to be let down by a third party and how frustrating that can be from previous roles in the oil and gas industry. Cadherent focuses on producing quality work and meeting delivery dates.

"There is no doubt it is going to be a testing year ahead, but the fact companies can outsource design and draughting work to us makes Cadherent an attractive proposition. We can provide CAD services on demand and therefore save a company time and money.

"We are looking to take on skilled staff and it may be the case we have to look for larger premises by the end of the year despite increasing the size of our current premises in Carden Place."

Cadherent delivers a range of services including fabrication design and draughting solutions, 3D modeling and technical animations using AutoCAD, Inventor software and Autodesk 3D Studio Max packages. Working primarily with companies in the energy industry, Cadherent's clients include engineering consultancies and firms in the renewables and subsea sectors.

Operations Director Mr Reid, who has more than 18 years' engineering experience, said, "It's been a tremendous 12 months for everyone at Cadherent. It is important we push on and continue to develop as a business.

Reid, who has worked offshore and onshore in a variety of projects from surveying to topside, piping and subsea fabrication, was delighted when Cadherent recently completed a contract in the renewables sector.

He said, "We delivered a technical animation project for innovative renewables company Green Ocean Energy and we can only see further growth in this sector. As a result we are investing in additional processing power which will increase the performance of our existing 3D render farm.

"Achieving the ISO certification, expanding our office space, taking on more staff and developing new markets are key steps forward in our plans to grow Cadherent over the next year."

The certification demonstrates Cadherent's implementation of a dedicated, organized and quantifiable approach to quality-of-service standards for the provision of engineering and consultative design services.

Managing Director David Thomson added, "The ISO certification is a key milestone for Cadherent. It highlights our commitment to delivering the highest quality of service that clients would expect."

Cadherent, which was established in October 2006, was independently audited and certified by BM Trada Certification -- a leading multi-sector certification body accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).