During the 1980s architect Sabu Francis (the Founder, CEO) realized that standard CAD applications did not have the capability to attach information with drawings. Designs cannot be easily analyzed just using drawings. After all, it is only when someone looks
at the drawing can the architect interpret what is going on inside.
Unfortunately, interpretations can vary from person to person. Moreover, it is time consuming and even error prone.
It was therefore imperative that designs must be expressed in a manner that the model also contains meaningful information. This situation led him to a mathematical taxonomy for architecture, which allowed architecture to be expressed very succinctly and tersely. He conceptualized and developed an architectural design application, called TAD (The Architect's Desktop), which was one of first applications that utilized the concept of BIM (Building Information Modeling).
In 1991, the Journal of Indian Institute of Architects (JIIA) recognized Sabu Francis’ contribution to the field by awarding him the all India Special Award for Research in Architecture.
Thereafter, Sabu Francis continued his work on TAD, which was made commercially available since 2000 from his own practice. Quite a few architects in India have attended seminars and workshops conducted by Sabu.
TAD has been used in all the projects done at Sabu's office (Sabu Francis & Associates
). TAD has also been used in two research projects at IIT Bombay. In May 2014, some investors and backcers including Persistent Systems Ltd saw the potential in TAD and related technologies. Syncspace was incorporated to further develop and promote TAD.
Over the last several months, Syncspace has developed a simple BIM based engine called HuddleDen
which extends the TAD data format for use on the Internet for many different solutions.
We have the dream of giving people all over the world gadgets that truly show the HuddleDens
they are involved in. So when you open a laptop; for example, you would see four floor plans: One is the HuddleDen
of your house, the other is the HuddleDen
of your office, the third is the HuddleDen
of your club and the last one is the HuddleDen
of your learning centre you visit