CADstrata is the SaaS incarnation of a custom solution developed gradually since 2003 by Architect Moussa Baradhy to cover the automation & management needs for a multi-national team of architects collaborating on large & challenging architecture projects.
Over the years, the solution evolved into a full platform with comprehensive tools to organize & manage the Building Design Lifecycle.
As a passionate & semi-professional hobbyist of software development, he used his skills to create individual automation modules to solve a long list of practical automation issues encountered during the design process & not solved by the traditional solutions. The modules were later released out of a single product which was sold to a number of major architecture firms.
The original incarnation of this solution was available as an enterprise licensed product, but it had a high-touch sales & support scheme & of limited scalability; presence of a technical team during each implementation & later to provide support for the central database & server product.
The CADstrata project was born in 2010 out of the collaboration between Architect Moussa Baradhy & Element^N to transform his system into a Software as a Service Cloud product.
Moussa received his Master's degree in Architecture at the "Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts" in Lebanon, winning the Alexis Boutros Award for Excellence in Design. In 1996 he Joined "Conceptua architects & Urban designers" in Paris, where he worked on large international urban planning projects & towers.
In 2001 he Co-founded ArcreaStudio in Paris, as the exclusive consultants & designers for Bouygues International (France) & GAP insaat (Turkey) in the Central Asia region, designing & executing Major State Buildings, and winning several International Competition awards.
Back to Lebanon in 2006, He founded VRgrafx Multimedia Consultants & worked on major international projects in the MENA region. He was appointed instructor teaching the Computer Aided Design Core Course at the American University of Beirut.
As a passionate and semi-professional hobbyist of software development, he used his international experience and knowhow in the building design process & computer software development to create automation solutions to solve a long list of practical standardization, organization, collaboration and automation issues encountered during the design process and not solved by the traditional solutions used (AutoCAD, 3D Studio, Adobe creative suite, Microsoft Office). The solutions were later released out of a single product which was sold to a number of major architecture firms in France and Lebanon.
Rabih is an entrepreneur and technologist with over 19 years of international experience. Prior to apstrata, he was SVP of Engineering for Vidavee (acquired by Vignette/OpenText), in 2002 he founded Element^N Inc and is still leading it as CEO, prior to that he co-founded and served as SVP of Engineering for Super11.net, which grew into one of the largest Latin American Internet and Application Service Providers and portals in 2000. Previously, Rabih held different positions at BroadVision Inc. (BVSN) and Navlink (AT&T subsidiary) and co-founded PortalElements and DigiSys. Rabih earned a B.S. in Telecommunications from the St. Joseph University - Lebanon and an MBA from the Ecole Supérieure des Affaires - ESCP/EAP.
Element^N (Holding) SAL is a pioneering company in I.T. professional services, founded in 2003 Element^N has some of the biggest regional companies as its clients. It currently focuses much of its effort on the development of cutting-edge cloud computing tools.
Element^N has continuously demonstrated thought leadership in advanced software architecture, which has provided it with a constant competitive advantage. This enables the company to continuously grow its business and is now positioned as a leading Lebanese software house focusing on the global market with highly innovative products such as its cloud computing platform 'apstrata' that serves as the back-end for CADstrata. As a demonstration of its success and huge potential Element^N has received equity funding in 2010 by the Berytech fund backed by Intel Capital and Cisco.