With the advancement of technology over the past three decades, the roles of how design is accomplished has evolved. One of the largest adjustments was going from paper to electronic drafting methods. This transition took years and not everyone adjusted. Nevertheless, the speed in which edits were made and plans could be created far outweighed the cost of the equipment and the training.
Our entire purpose is to assist companies in reducing the learning curve while getting the most out of the software.
To focus their time, effort, and money on the design itself and taking care of their customers.
At first, the technology was created to provide a digital canvas of what was being done on paper – drafting the design. However, back in the late 80’s there was software released named DCA Civil Software which began the concept of DESIGNING within the software. This same software progressed to Softdesk which was bought out by Autodesk® and a portion of Softdesk became Land Desktop.
In the early 2000’s, Autodesk® saw that design, analysis, visualization – all within the software – was the key to effective engineering. Thus, they purchased a software that became Autodesk® Revit for the AEC industry. This software is effectively used to create an information model of a design. However, since this software interface was dramatically different from AutoCAD, it was clear that to implement this software meant a change of workflow and a learning curve.
In addition to purchasing software, Autodesk® developed for the Infrastructure industry a specific modeling software from the ground up. This software is now known as Autodesk® AutoCAD Civil 3D. Civil 3D was built onto the familiar AutoCAD interface. Yet due to this familiarity, companies often mistakenly see this as an advanced form of AutoCAD and don’t realize that, like their AEC counterparts, to implement this software effectively means a change of workflow and contains a learning curve.
Recently, Autodesk® produced another Infrastructure Design software named InfraWorks that is, again, revolutionizing the industry.