Friday, March 13, 2009

Autocad vs. Microstation

A key part of the comparison is the CAD platform. Each platform offers advantages and each has deficiencies. The pro's and cons can make a significant difference in your productivity. Among the features to be considered are:

Performance. How well does the software perform routine tasks?
Stability: Is the software stable? How often does it crash?
Resource requirements: How do the 2 platforms compare for hardware requirements?
Features: What features will boost your productivity?
Collaboration: How well does the software work in a multiuser, multidicipline, multi platform environment?

What do you want to know?

If you have questions about how either other product handles certain tasks or anything else, let me know by posting here.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

About the blog

I have been using Autodesk's Land Desktop/Civil Design product since 1998. In 2004 Autodesk introduced it's new civil design product, Civil 3D, as a preview offering. I have followed it's development from the sidelines,dabbling with it at home up until 2007 when my company purchased several licenses. After teaching myself via tutorials and online resources I could see it still had some serious deficiences that made me hold back from embracing it and I started looking for alternatives which led me to Bentley's Power Civil product.

After viewing online presentations and working with a trial version I wanted to know more about how Power Civil compared with Civil 3D from actual users, but I have found there is little information available online. I have yet to find anyone who has a good working knowlege of both products, so for the sake of those seeking information I will try to fill the need by sharing my experiences. That is what this blog is all about, comparing Bentley's Power Civil with Autodesk's Civil 3D.