Gerard’s desktop and mobile-friendly DesignTech specification website offers users an unparalleled suite of roofing resources.
Whether the motivation is a deep dive into the benefits of pressed steel roofing, or a quick skim for something specific using the search option, Gerard DesignTech serves.
A guided video tour of DesignTech
On arrival at DesignTech’s homepage, visitors are offered a guided tour video by Gerard ambassador, ‘Ms Glovejoy’.
The video is a fun, visual introduction to key sections of the site, including DesignTech’s CAD Detail Selector Tool and Document Library.
CAD Detail Selector — an intuitive online tool
Gerard DesignTech’s CAD Detail Selector is a sophisticated CAD search engine that offers clear preview imagery, titles and labels.
A ‘Quickfinder’ enables users to immediately fill a particular need; the full CAD Selector is a visually driven engine where users can narrow option through roof type (gable, hip, or mono-pitch) or by Gerard profile.
Any detail either out of design scope or incompatible with chosen products is helpfully disabled, meaning whatever designers can see and select can be confidently included in their projects.
It’s a big library, with over 200 details available as PDFs, JPGs, DWGs and RVT files, including the new 2019 vent systems: extraction and sanitary vents with accompanying accessories.
Document Library includes downloadable product renders
In the Document Library, users find 11 categories housing a complete range of literature including PDFs, technical notes, test results, brochures and marketing material and ISO certifications.
‘Add to cart’ function for bespoke bundling of files
Both CAD and Document Library files can either be downloaded ‘as you go’, or placed in a cart to be downloaded at the end of a session.
Cohesion between online and offline worlds
Even with an abundance of digital tools, Gerard realises that people want tactile resources too, giving users the option to order printed copies of Gerard’s primary technical documents including their current Specification Manual.
Working between online and offline resources is also OK; the online Technical Reference section has been ordered and numbered to correspond with the clauses in the hard copy Specification Manual, so specifiers can reference one with the other as they work.