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CAD we do it? Yes we can

Engineering software - A new Autodesk CAD programme features more for busy design engineers

Autodesk has relaunched its AutoCAD Civil 3D design product as Autodesk Civil 3D.

In response to user feedback and a market where skills shortages, tight margins and risk management are commonplace, the product has been modified.

As a result, multi-users can now use Autodesk Vault - an 'in the box' data management solution - or data shortcuts to access models for design, analysis and drafting.

Highway plans, profiles and plan/profile sheets can now be automatically generated, signi. cantly streamlining the process of generating alignmentbased submission sheets.

There are also enhancements to profile and section plotting and annotation, grading feature line label improvements and a new contour label creation interface for production drafting.

Enhancements to support better annotation, display of multi-segment pipe networks and the ability to create labels that reference multiple alignments have also been introduced.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2008 has more flexibility to help surveyors create base geometry faster. It also has provision of third-party applications from equipment manufacturers to enable the bi-directional movement of field captured data into Civil 3D and back.

The newly launched product also allows users to import and export Google Earth images.

This can help engineers produce cost-effective drawings of roads and other linear infrastructure projects and can help improve communication with clients.

The 2008 UK and Ireland Country Kit includes a new library of about 100 products such as traffic lights or trees to add even more realism to rendered 3D models.

These can be dragged and accurately positioned in a planned view as a symbol, but will then appear as lifelike objects when the plan is exploded into 3D.

FLIGHT SIMULATOR: Using a light detection and ranging distance measurement system, BlueSky's aircraft-mounted laser technology determines heights of land and buildings. The digital data provides height above sea level readings every metre with an accuracy of 15mm. It is being used to calculate cut and fill volumes on projects ready for the earthworks stage. The 3D maps are created by aircraft equipped with a system of lasers flying over the routes set for new roads or railway lines at a height of less than 700m.

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