Every time your users open a Civil 3D drawing, they are losing time and productivity.
The instability of Civil 3D is well documented. Work is lost and users have to begin again.
If you do subdivision design or road reconstruction then your users are spending hours manually updating intersections. Automation tools are essential.
New users typically require one or two weeks of training. Experienced Civil 3D users say it can take two years to become proficient.
Civil 3D is a powerful civil design tool that has become a defacto standard in the United States.
There remain many well documented issues with Civil 3D despite 14 years of development:
This recent blog post is only one of hundreds of examples related to Civil 3D's performance
There are two key components to engineering design:
Most firms using Civil 3D have invested thousands of dollars in the development of layer standards and styles configured specifically to their corporate standards.
These standards must be maintained for optimum productivity.
Virtually all civil engineering firms are working at full capacity. Experienced designers are being poached by competitors. Designers are working overtime.
Junior designers are inexperienced. Many have limited design let alone Civil 3D experience which negatively impacts corporate productivity.
Any solution must make it easier for new users to become efficient in days, not years.
When you are busy, it is hard to make any change - but to get ahead, change is required!
Although it may be tempting to look for a Civil 3D replacement, this is a high risk option that does not address short term productivity issues.
Any solution to the issues associated with Civil 3D must:
In the next post, we review a Civil 3D companion product that has been addressing the above requirements for 14 years.