On Friday, June 13 Autodesk launched AutoCAD Civil with an information disclosure on new expanded website previously dedicated solely to AutoCAD Civil 3D ( www.autodesk.com/civil ). With this move, the company also laid out a new roadmap for AutoCAD Land Desktop.
Since the roll out of AutoCAD Civil 3D the Civil Engineering team at Autodesk has been promoting a model-centric work process and 3D design for land development, transportation, and environmental engineering projects. To date, AutoCAD Civil 3D software, part of Autodesk Inc.’s Building Information Modeling portfolio, was the firm’s only vehicle to support this mission.
“AutoCAD Civil 3D is a great solution, yet we have found that as the product continues to mature with more analysis and simulation capabilities, it has grown beyond the needs of a core part of the civil engineering project team-the civil engineering technician, drafter and surveyor,” said Adam Strafaci, senior manager, civil engineering product marketing for Autodesk. “With the introduction of AutoCAD Civil, we can deliver a solution with a more appropriate feature set for the technician, drafter and surveyor. The functionality in AutoCAD Civil will be a subset of that in AutoCAD Civil 3D and will be offered at a lower price point.”
The Autodesk Civil Engineering portfolio now includes:
- AutoCAD Civil, which provides civil engineering technicians, drafters and surveyors with a focused design and documentation solution
- AutoCAD Civil 3D, which provides a more comprehensive civil engineering solution with analysis and simulation capabilities for the civil engineer and designer
Concurrent with the launch of AutoCAD Civil the company outlined changes to the roadmap for AutoCAD Land Desktop.
“As technology has advanced, and the challenges facing engineering organizations have become increasingly complex, customers have asked us to look beyond Land Desktop to technology to better address the demands of today’s projects,” Strafaci noted. “As a result, AutoCAD Land Desktop 2009 will be the last release of Land Desktop and moving forward, we will be focusing our resources on the development AutoCAD Civil and Civil 3D. We plan to continue to invest in resources that make the migration from Land Desktop to AutoCAD Civil and Civil 3D as smooth as possible for our customers and we will continue to support the product for a period of time to ease migration.”