- SPECIAL REPORTS
- THE MAGAZINE
A couple weeks ago, Eagle Point announced that it will no longer sell its civil engineering and surveying software after the 2012 release. This means that in approximately one year, Eagle Point products as we have known them will cease to exist.
Instead, Eagle Point will become a “national dealer” of sorts for Civil 3D, bundling its Pinnacle solutions as part of the Civil 3D purchase. The company’s Web site says it will be “standardizing on Civil 3D as our development platform.”
So what does this mean for Eagle Point software users? I suggest that this is a time for introspection because it isn’t a matter of IF you will move to another solution-it’s a matter of WHEN. But moving to another solution could mean several benefits! Consider:
- Eagle Point, Autodesk, Carlson and Bentley Systems will all be vying for your business. In doing so, they will likely end up steeply discounting the pricing and offering other benefits. Take advantage of these offerings as you select your next-generation solution. No one knows how long these discounts will be offered.
- Don’t simply look at cheap introductory prices; rather, consider the entire package being offered. Does the tech support and implementation match the needs of your company as you move to a completely new application solution? Are the quality, experience and credentials of the trainers what you were hoping for?
- If you have old (perhaps unused) Eagle Point licenses and would like to add a few seats of something else to your repertoire, now may be the best time to do so as competition for you as a customer will be aggressive among the remaining vendor solutions.
- You as a customer will now strongly benefit from reviewing the marketplace to research which of the remaining three manufacturers offer the solution that will best fit your needs.
- Some Eagle Point customers use the software on multiple platforms such as both AutoCAD and MicroStation. For the MicroStation users, Bentley Systems is the only clear choice. Bentley’s PowerCivil does virtually everything the standard Eagle Point offering does and more. For AutoCAD users, it would seem that AutoCAD Civil 3D or Carlson Civil Suite is a good choice. However realize that advances in the AutoCAD and MicroStation worlds now allow DGN’s to be used in AutoCAD and DWG’s to be used effectively in the MicroStation platform. So the plot (and your research) thickens.
- AutoCAD’s Civil 3D offers an opportunity for Eagle Point customers to see what Autodesk has been introducing to the market for the past six years or so. Autodesk’s Intellisolve and Boss acquisitions of late add hydro/hydra capabilities to this product that surpass those found in the Eagle Point software. Alternatively, Bentley Systems’ PowerCivil offer an excellent, low-cost, multiplatform solution that has embedded within it, an upgrade path to Bentley’s top-of-the-line DOT solutions of GeoPak and InRoads. They also offer an excellent opportunity to enter the world of infrastructure project work for those users previously in land development who wish to expand into the USACE and DOT work. Bentley’s Haestad Methods water products offer high performance and will prove to be a great addition to any organization’s tool kit. And Carlson Civil Suite offers a solution primarily suited for the DWG design environment and contains strong land development tools that are well tuned to the industry. The company offers a relatively inexpensive implementation path, free tech support and a workflow similar to what Eagle Point users are used to.
I would be interested in hearing from you if you have thoughts and comments. Confucius said “May you live in interesting times.”