The History of COACH

The COACH suite powered by Sapphire is creating a streamlined process from enhancing specification and quoting speed to creating manufacture ready data.  COACH systematised quality, design for manufacture and assembly, whilst ensuring the design is effectively delivered. The history of COACH follows a chain of regular updates and improvements since 2010.

Our unique online tool was born out of a desire to make compliant balcony design as simple as possible across the world. 

COACH is the latest enhancement to CABS our Computer Aided Balcony Specifier, and the complete new suite launched in December 2020. 

timeline history coach sapphireWhere did the COACH Journey get started? The History of COACH

The initial software was a balustrade designer launched back in 2010. The first 3D balcony configurator was launched in 2018. Since then, the software has continually been enhanced and extended starting with anchor detailing introduced later in 2018.  

Further feature upgrades and additions to the tool for example proposal reports and updates along with a new visualiser in 2019 have continually progressed the COACH vision towards its ambitious goals.  

December 2020 saw a significantly enhanced suite including new features, a completely new operating platform and project pricing, automated calculations and an account portal. 

Faster Design & Specification

COACH enables you to create compliant balcony designs faster whilst giving you the detail you require to adequately specify the product. When using COACH and after use you will get access to a suite of design information. Including: 

  • downloadable BIM/CAD compatible drawings 
  • NBS specification 
  • Drainage considerations 
  • Fire Safety information 
  • Structural detailing 
  • Project design report 
  • And more…   

The tool continues to be developed with more features being rolled out in regular software updates.