Autodesk Introduces Civil 3D Engineering System

6 Sep, 2004

Autodesk today introduced Autodesk Civil 3D 2005 software, a civil engineering tool for land planning, subdivision design, parcel layout, road design, and grading. The new system offers intuitive, model-based design; automates key design engineering tasks; and presents complex concepts in lifelike 3D to help civil engineers create, manage, and share designs. p>

The software, which spent four years in development and another year in testing, creates intelligent relationships between objects, dynamically updating design changes. That means when an engineer changes one element of a design, all related elements change accordingly.

"Autodesk Civil 3D is not only a new software application, but it creates a paradigm shift in the engineering process," said Mike Carris, design systems specialist of Timmons Group, a design engineering firm based in Richmond, Va. "Software applications currently being used require hours of work to adjust everything affected by a minor design revision, but with Civil 3D, it takes only minutes to accomplish the same design change. Autodesk Civil 3D 2005 offers a dramatic difference in the process which will provide a tremendous effect on the bottom line."

Civil 3D is built on AutoCAD design software and can exchange data with Autodesk Land Desktop. The new system will be available in the United States later this quarter. The company also plans future releases in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, China, Japan, and Korea.

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