Designing major projects in the 1980s, architect Peter Mann (right) was eager to use computers to help ensure consistency of output and to reduce time spent drawing repetitive room designs.
He made some headway: for example, using some of the then latest computing technology to create a library of furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) for a major hospital project, and to create 1:50 detailed layouts. However, the drawing of room elevations still required an army of students. And no matter how good they were, there was no automatic validation of drawings other than by eye.
The arrival of personal computers, spreadsheets, databases, and the compound increase in computer power and capacity changed the game. Now textual elements could be linked to graphics – and designs could be automatically checked against project requirements.
In 1993, Peter launched the first version of CodeBook – a model for a building that would contain all its information, from the originating brief to the day-to-day operational management of the completed, occupied structure. Since then, and benefitting from customer feedback and from the inputs of fellow architects and other industry professionals, CodeBook has evolved into the sophisticated whole-life solution it is today.
A growing business
Today CodeBook is being used for major projects worldwide, with a strong support service and updates delivered as required, in line with complementary software packages. It made a powerful name for itself in the hospital sector, but has been delivering the same benefits for a range of complex buildings.
While Peter Mann remains the technical visionary behind CodeBook, the business is managed by a group of committed professionals including individuals with backgrounds in finance, contracts, marketing and operations.
In February 2012, Andy Hamer (right) took on the role of chief executive officer of both CodeBook International and a new US-based consultancy business CodeBook Solutions Inc. At the same time, Cyril Verley was appointed chief operating officer of CodeBook Solutions Inc, based in San Diego, California.