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US embraces 3D

3D design

Autodesk launched its Civils 3D design software in the USA in October last year, followed by its UK launch a month later.

Civils 3D offers all the benefits of 3D design, including the key benefit of a dynamic model where changes to any element of the design are automatically made throughout the model.

This gives time savings of up to 40%, according to Autodesk chief operating officer Kevin Stewart.

In the US this benefit has been leapt upon, with 80% of Autodesk's existing customers already transferred to 3D.

'That's 70,000 to 80,000 users, ' says Stewart. 'And these are customers of all levels - from people building McDonalds car parks to multi-national engineering projects.

'There are big cost benefits.

On simple projects the saving is 15-20%. The significant savings come when you have to start making changes a significant way into the contract.

'This is where engineering companies see their profits trim down all the time and here you are talking about savings of 2540%, ' he says.

'It is certainly a more expensive product, but that is pennies compared to the savings.' In the UK take up has been slower, but even here it has been faster than Autodesk expected.

'The UK is the best selling country in Europe. It will take at least a couple of years for it to become the norm in the UK, but the very good people are seeing this is where the future is, ' Stewart says.

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