Cadgile acquired by leading French engineering services company Groupe FIVA

Cadgile is very pleased to announce at the EURONAVAL exhibition in Paris, that we have been acquired by leading French engineering services company Groupe FIVA.  Together, we will develop further state-of-the-art engineering services across the defence, resources, energy and environment sectors in Australia.

Existing Cadgile customers will see ‘business as usual’, including retention of all the Cadgile staff and our name. However, additional knowledge, experience and investment – including recruitment – will enable higher level engineering and project management work. Cadgile will remain at the forefront of CAD service provision as the Australian market continues to evolve.

FIVA has extensive experience in global projects, especially naval and defence applications, with a workforce of more than 250 engineers and technicians in France, Spain and Australia. In combination with the close personal support offered by Cadgile, all Australian customers can expect continued and renewed commitment to delivering the highest levels of service.


“We’re delighted with the Cadgile acquisition which will allow us to respond to the growing Australian market and its requests for engineering and related services. With this acquisition, we have joined with an award winning, multi-disciplined engineering provider whose clients include some of the largest companies in South Australia,” said Yannick Vergez, CEO of Groupe FIVA.

Gary McRae, Managing Director of Cadgile, said, “Joining Groupe FIVA is excellent news for our clients. We will now provide the benefits of FIVA’s significant global experience, as well as the personalised and close support we are known for. This partnership will increase the depth of our knowledge and experience, allowing us to effectively respond to the evolution of the Australian market.”

FIVA provides services in Project Management, Engineering, Detail Design and Project Execution Support.  It has over 25 years of experience with submarines, surface vessels and cruise ships, predominantly with the NAVAL group, NAVANTIA and Chantiers de l’Atlantique, as well as the broader energy and environmental sectors.  Launched in 1990, FIVA’s headquarters are in Cherbourg. A workforce of more than 250 engineers and technicians are based in France, Spain and Australia, and teams can be reassigned worldwide to client premises or on secondment.

Cadgile Attending Euronaval 2018

Cadgile’s Managing Director, Mr. Gary McRae has been invited to Paris to attend the Euronaval Defence Maritime conference in October. He will attend as an invited guest of FIVA (, a leading French Engineering Services company. “It’s an exciting opportunity, and we will continue our discussions regarding partnership opportunities in Defence, Resources, Energy, Infrastructure, Recycling etc”. After the conference, Mr. McRae will tour the Group Fiva head office in Cherbourg. For those attending, Gary will be available at stand F19.

Cadgile Secondments

Managing projects can be very challenging. Rarely do they go smoothly, 100% of the time. They can suffer from a change of scope; delays, breakdowns; or changes in timelines. Often they suffer from a lack of resources at critical moments.

That’s where Cadgile Secondments provide the ideal solution. Say the need is for a piping isometric specialist, using Plant 3D. Cadgile can select the ideal drafter from their existing team, and supply them on site the next day if needed. Sure the hourly rate is a little higher, but the project gets an instant kick along, getting it back on track. And in the end, how much is that worth?

The Three Tier Checking Process – Is it worth it?

Typically drafting accounts for 5-8% of the total cost of a project but influences as much as 90% of the cost.  Combine that with the massive costs that can be incurred in rectifying problems caused by inaccurate drawings and it’s easy to see why investing a little more in the quality of the drafting makes commercial sense.

At Cadgile we allow 15% on all jobs to complete our internal 3 tier checking process.  We are sometimes asked is this worth it?  In our view you can’t afford not to do it.  The checking process is an integral part of the Cadgile way to ensure our clients receive accurate drawings, on time, every time.  And in the end that helps make the project as cost effective as possible.

Join the Team – We are Hiring!!

Due to sustained growth and a number of successful business developments Cadgile is currently seeking key people to join us and add their value to the Cadgile team.  These positions will provide the successful candidates with an exciting and unique opportunity to shape and develop their own future within a growing vibrant business.  If you are interested in joining the Cadgile team, please go to the jobs page on the website of search for Cadgile on Seek.

Jobs Page Upgrade to Cadgile Website

Here at Cadgile we all about making it simple for our clients to access our broad range of services, so it made sense to extend that ease of use to our potential recruitment and contracting candidates.

Cadgile has just upgraded its jobs search page on its website (, optimized for mobile devices.  It’s fully integrated to our candidate management software, LinkedIn and social media..

This will make it easier for those looking for that perfect position to see what’s available, with a easy to use search function.  We are currently looking to fill some truly exciting roles, with blue chip clients.  If you are currently looking for work, or just seeing what’s out there jump on and take a look…

Cadgile Attends S.A. Future Submarine Update

Last night Cadgile attended the Future Submarines Program Update at the new Naval Group headquarters at Richmond S.A..  The speaker, Mr Brent Clark; Naval Group Australia’s CEO and Australian Program Director spoke passionately about this exciting 50 year whole of life project.

Focusing on the future Australian labour requirements, it was quite interesting to hear that multiple generations within the one family of employees will work through the shipyard over the life of the project.  Current high school students will be the future Naval Group engineers, fabricators and project team members of the future.

As a proud South Australian SME, Cadgile is excited by the opportunity to become involved with such an iconic Australia Defence program.

Easy Access to Skilled CAD Professionals

If you need urgent CAD design drawings to close your project, Cadgile has the answer.  We will send you one of our experienced CAD design drafters, ready to hit the ground running.  No scope or package of works needed.  Our drafter will work out the brief with you, onsite.  They’ll even bring their own workstation and software.

  • CAD design drafters available immediately
  • No need to scope, package or email the work
  • Get drawings done onsite, with minimal input from you
  • Direct point of contact for you and your team, in person
  • Workstation and software included in the daily rate
  • Minimum commitment – only 1 day
  • More time can be purchased easily, if necessary.

To book a CAD design drafter, email or call Nathan Grocke on 1300 890 054, or

Outsource the Mundane

A leading SA based Oil & Gas company had a large backlog of redline updates to its P&ID’s.  This was creating headaches as they were starting to have to make redline updates to updates.  This was causing problems in the field to their operators, and was a potentially unsafe situation.

Rather than tie up their valuable internal CAD resources, Cadgile worked with them to create a tailored and streamlined process for providing a fixed price quote and guaranteed turnaround time to work through the back log.

The drawings are sorted into work packs, typically around 50.  The required changes are then quickly graded as A, B or C.  And based on the grading, a pre agreed time/cost is allocated to each drawing, and hence the entire pack.  In this example a category “A” drawing is allocated 22 minutes; a category “B” is allocated 102 minutes; and category “C” are individually quoted.  Of course all the times include full QA checking.

The mark ups are then sent through to Cadgile via a secure FTP server. On receiving the drawings Cadgile then quickly confirm the grading’s, any adjustments are agreed, and an order is raised and the work started.

A 10 working day turnaround time was settled on to keep the flow of work moving, and time for the client to prepare the next pack to be worked on. Using this method most of the backlog has been cleared, and with a minimum of effort by the client.

If you have a similar backlog of work, consider outsourcing, we would be happy to tailor a work flow or system to suit your needs.

Contact Nathan Grocke on 1300 890 054 to discuss your needs.

Technical Operations Manager

Cadgile is an award winning, multi-disciplined Engineering Support Services provider, specialising in all forms of CAD design drafting. Forged from 12 years of dedicated service to the Mining, Oil & Gas, Utilities, Defence, Transportation and Construction environments, we have become the largest independent CAD drafting specialist in South Australia and we are set to expand.

During our time, we have developed leading processes and technologies and a progressive outset in order to remain at the forefront of design documentation executables.

We currently have a unique and immediate opportunity for a proven industry professional as a Technical Operations Manager, capable of delivering Cadgile’s drawing and design office expertise to a dynamic client base.  Working as a key part of Cadgile’s executive team the incumbent will empower our experienced technical designers in surpassing client’s expectations and producing outstanding results.

Located in our Prospect office and reporting into the Managing Director, the primary focus of this position will be to champion the technical direction of Cadgile’s highly respected service offerings, whilst maintaining our competitive edge through innovative systems and processes. This role will also provide a vital link between our Business Development Manager (BDM) and our client base in order to enhance the seamless customer service and outstanding quality our clients have come to expect. The ideal candidate for this position will have a Continuous Improvement mindset, keen to take ownership of the position and drive new initiatives whilst respecting the framework within which it operates.

Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Management of the Drawing Office staff and workflow and deliverables
  • Leadership and mentoring of the Drawing Office staff
  • Management of technical queries and maintaining Cadgile’s technical edge through research and knowledge of the latest design tools
  • Ensuring seamless Project Delivery for both large and small scale projects
  • Account management of existing clients alongside the BDM
  • Working closely with the BDM to identify sales opportunities, scope definition and estimation
  • Draft, prepare and submit quotations
  • Maintain and improve established processes and systems within the Cadgile team

In order to be considered for this position you will have:

  • Knowledge of CAD systems and their workflows, i.e. AutoCAD, MicroStation, Inventor, SolidWorks. Revit, Plant 3D etc
  • Able to read and interpret engineering drawings
  • A thorough understanding of the drafting process in an engineering field
  • Experience in staff and workflow management
  • Proven experience in stakeholder engagement
  • Ability to communicate with clients on a technical level
  • Understanding of a QA and Document Control process
  • Understanding of the sales process in an engineering field

Sales experience in an engineering field, ideally supporting Mining, Resources or Oil & Gas Industries will be highly regarded.

You will be rewarded with an attractive salary package and the opportunity to work with a team of enthusiastic and dedicated professionals in a progressive environment.

Please feel free to contact Mike Walters on 0405 367 113 to discuss this role in greater details, alternatively apply with a cover letter & CV clicking through the link provided below.