PSPC National Computer Aided Design and Drafting Standard: Introduction

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1.0 Introduction

Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) is an integral component of information management for Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). The production of digital files by CADD is an important corporate asset. The greatest payback for CADD and related technology is in the reuse of the digital data for facilities management and as a foundation for future projects. If CADD files are to be an effective source of information, they must adhere to a standardized set of criteria that all CADD users will understand.

As an ongoing effort to keep up with changing technology, we are pleased to introduce the third edition of the PSPC National CADD Standard. A concerted effort has been made not only to simplify the standard, but also to reinforce the requirements in areas we feel are critical to our goals.

PSPC is aware of the emerging technology and processes related to building information modelling (BIM). As BIM represents a significant change, a new BIM standard, by necessity, will be created, facilitating the transition in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.

In addition, some of the regions have developed a regional CADD standard, which is to be used as a complement to this national standard.

For questions or further information regarding this document, please contact the National CADD Coordinator at the following e-mail address:

For a list of regional contacts, please visit the PSPC National CADD Standard website and regional pages at: Computer Aided Drafting and Design Standards.

1.1 Scope

This standard applies to all services that generate CADD data files for PSPC, including both internal PSPC CADD service(s), and external consultant(s).

All CADD data files submitted to PSPC must meet this standard.

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