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CAD to deliver Egan savings

SOFTWARE FIRM Autodesk has developed a new design program which is claimed to be capable of delivering the 30% savings on construction costs demanded by Sir John Egan's Construction Task Force.

Site 2000 allows all members of the construction team to access and work on the same data model simultaneously.

'People do things because of the software they use. It's usually sequential but now things will be synchronous,' said Autodesk sales development manager David Clarke.

Changes made during design or construction phases can be relayed instantly to every other user. This should reduce the risk of mistakes, claimed Clarke.

Autodesk developed the software over three years with Halcrow, WS Atkins, Tarmac, Laing, Mott MacDonald and Moss.

The system can handle large and complex construction projects and was developed in response to the growth of partnering and global working patterns.

Autodesk designer James Bradshaw says information contained by the data model grows as the project develops. 'Intelligent software' allows designers to programme in parameters - specified light fittings, ground conditions or BSI standards, for instance - that allow changes to be implemented comprehensively across the design.

This promotes efficiency for the designer and contractor and adds value to the project for the client. 'It's total lifecycle engineering', says Bradshaw.

Official launch for the program, which was previewed at last month's Civils 98 exhibition, will be later this summer.

Sir John Egan is expected to take over as non-executive chairman of property group MEPC. He will remain chief executive of BAA.

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