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Vault Professional | Buzzsaw – Go Get Yours!


A few weeks ago I blogged about the new features in Autodesk Vault Professional 2014. One of the key things I pondered on was whether or not the Buzzsaw seats which were provided as part of Vault Collaboration AEC would be included as part of this years amalgamated Vault product. Well I have great news, it most certainly is included, exciting stuff indeed. Continue Reading

Autodesk Goes Live with Infrastructure BIM Solutions for 2012

imageAutodesk has just announced two initiatives to help engineers and planners leverage Business Information Modeling (BIM) in their infrastructure designs.

AutoCAD Utility Design 2012

Autodesk moves BIM into the electrical distribution design space with this awesome new application. The software is designed to help planning and engineering of electrical utilities, both overhead and underground. The features include templates and municipal standards, engineering analysis, and integrated documentation and work management.

Get more information on the Autodesk Website


Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2012

imageThis conceptual design software helps civil planners and engineers evaluate proposed improvements for transportation, land, water, and energy improvements. The package incorporates 2D CAD, GIS, BIM, and raster data, including Civil 3D and Map 3D designs. 3D design environment over GIS datasets help develop and manage design alternatives. Image creation and video capture are included as part of the communication platform.

Get more information form the Autodesk Website

Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2012 is Available

That’s right, it’s out…finally !!  And you thought it would never get here….Don’t feel bad, neither did I.

Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2012

Autodesk has released the Infrastructure Design Suite for 2012, which contains a great combination of tools for you to leverage new opportunities in civil engineering and design. From geospatial, through engineering, and out to visualization. It’s in there.

I introduced the Autodesk 2012 Design Suites this spring, and noticed SSA was not in my original list. So here’s the lineup as advertised today:

Infrastructure Design Suite – Standard Edition is a great civil foundation package with tools for infrastructure analysis and planning.  It includes:

  • AutoCAD
  • AutoCAD Map 3D
  • Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis
  • Autodesk Navisworks Simulate

Infrastructure Design Suite – Premium Edition adds the core design component as well as the dynamic integration with Visualization:

  • AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk 3ds Max Design

Infrastructure Design Suite – Ultimate Edition steps up simulation by swapping out Navisworks Simulate with:

  • Autodesk Navisworks Manage

Check out Autodesk’s Infrastructure Design Suite page for more information and the prices.

Image adapted from Autodesk Courtesy Copy

Civil to be Shut Down

imageIt is kind of a sad thing, actually. Civil has been the leading source of information and how-to knowledge for the Autodesk Civil 3D Software, and applying it to Civil Engineering. James Wedding officially announced  last night that the site was to be dismantled and the domain was being picked up by Autodesk, Inc.

As of May 2nd, 2011, the domain will be redirected to  For the next 6 months an option will persist to allow users to go to the Civil content if they like. Once a new home for the content is announced, I’ll provide a link on this site.

This announcement comes 6 months after owner James Wedding, had announced his official employment with Autodesk. Other key members, Dana Probert, Jason Hickey, and Nick Zeeben have already joined the Autodesk team.

AEC Receives 26 Million for BIM Software

April 5th at Waltham we received word that Autodesk had signed a contract with the USAF to supply BIM solutions for a 5 year period. The total amount of that contract was 26 million usd.

DLT Solutions, Autodesk’s government reseller, will provide support and BIM software such as AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Navisworks, Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD, and AutoCAD LT, among others.

“…This agreement ensures Air Force Civil Engineering has access to the latest innovative design, geospatial, modeling, and visualization software tools and professional services to support its national defense mission.” said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president, AEC solutions, at Autodesk.

You may remember 6 moths ago I announced a similar contract with the USACOE. Other state agencies such as Wisconsin and Florida Department of transportation have signed agreements for BIM related civil products. If the trend continues, BIM requirements should begin to permeate government project submittals in the private sector. One more situation where BIM is the minimum requirement to be short listed.

Autodesk AEC Media Day 2011

I’m here at the Waltham MA. office listening to the incredible presentations from Autodesk executives regarding interesting news and developments within the AEC industry. 15 minutes in, and it’s already getting good. Follow us on twitter with the #ADSKAEC hashtag. Continue Reading

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