this project set me up for my return to south Africa - and the measuring of many old existing buildings in and around cape town. one of the areas i did many cad capture surveys has been the cape quarter - bo-kaap area. on the first cape quarter project i was the only architectural technician on the project. i would take my desktop computer everyday to site - set up and bang out drawings. then come back to my home office to complete other work - all the while carting my desktop up and down stairs - it was really hard work however incredibly satisfying to sit in the restuarants in the piaza and know i had been part of a team that created someting as special as the cape quarter. i also did all the existing as built site surveys on my own for the second cape quarter project. however the developer by then had secured enough funds to employ an entire team of architectural technologists. so my draughting input during the initail design phase was exciting. however during the build phase many hands made lite work. i worked for chris brown and assoc amd propfin on this project. eventually compiling over 900 drawings for this exciting project.
i have measured and captured many old buildings in cape town since then - on my own mostly. I really enjoy this task of unpacking the old girls. so with my worker overalls on and tape measure in hand slowly piece together from my survey sketches and measurements the building on cad. incidently since starting the passion in mid 1997 i have worn out 13 tape measures - kaput. i dont use modern technology i prefer measuring myself - this allows to to really understand the nuances of the old buildings.