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A new suite of software

CIVILS 2005 - Autodesk is using Civils 2005 to demonstrate a new suite of software solutions specifically tailored for civil engineers.

Packages such as Autodesk Civil 3D are designed to increase productivity by automating the design and drafting of road, site and subdivision projects. Based on AutoCAD 2006 software, they provide dynamic modelling technology, which means that changes made in one place are reflected instantly throughout an entire project.

The model contains all core geometry and maintains intelligent relationships between design objects such as points, surfaces, parcels, roads and grading. Tables, object labels and various analysis displays derive from the model, so these are all updated as changes are made. If you change the horizontal road alignment, for instance, profiles, road model, section plots, volumes, proposed contours and submittal drafting are all changed automatically. They are also integrated directly into the core data contained in the model, ensuring that edits are reflected throughout the project. These dynamic relationships extend to drafting and plan production. When a profile is updated, the software updates all labels and profi le drafting.

Consequently, users can explore conceptual designs and complete fi nal designs faster, more accurately and within budget.

Autodesk is running regular presentations through the show, and customers such as KBR will be telling their own story of how Autodesk products are helping their organisation.

KBR is focusing on its use of the collaborative project management information tool, Autodesk Buzzsaw. This online service enables those in the construction industry to create, manage and share their portfolio of projects offering at-aglance visibility for greater control and accountability.

The Project Portfolio Dashboard provides project status, schedule and budget. In addition, activity logs provide a complete listing of all site and project activity, including who accessed what and when - and automatic notifications keep project team members informed of changes and updates.

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