Does anyone "in the know" have any idea if the functionality of the LDT Survey module will ever be part of Civil 3D? Or is it going to become an add-on module for Map 3D when LDT does actually go away? I would like to start planning on what direction to take our licenses for the future. But without knowing how the survey end of things fits into the plans for Civil 3D and/or Map 3D I can't do much.
Personally I think it looks like it would be more cost effective for us if it were an add-on for Map 3D (Or a stand alone product similar to Civil 3D) as the users of the survey functionality don't require all the civil functionality. And yes I know they have Field Survey...but that is just Carlson Survey with the Autodesk name on it.
Pete, Autodesk has not announced anything they might or might not be doing in regards to a survey module to work with Civil 3D. Be patient and I'll bet there will be an announcement one way or the other by the 2005 spring releases.
Tim Corey, Owner Delta Engineering Systems Redding, CA Autodesk Authorized Value-Added Reseller
I was affraid of that. With their cheap cross grades right now it would be nice to know how many copies of Civil 3D we will really need in the future. Without knowing what they are doing with the Survey module, and how we can interact with Map 3D for sure, I can't do anything. Which means that it will probably end up costing us more money in the future.
Not that I want to jump right in to Civil 3D, because the opposite is true. There will be a lot of training and getting users to re-think the way they do things to make a smooth transition from LDT to Civil 3D.
Does anyone know if you will be able to open a Map 3D drawing (with terrian data already created) with Civil 3D (or vice versa) and be able to work with the data without corruption?
Again, just trying to plan my upgrade path accordingly. Any info would be great.
Map3D uses the point and surface entities from Civil3D so that shouldn't be
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I did hear a little bit on this. I went to one of the meet and greet demos
when LDT2005 was released. Civil 3D was also demo'ed.The guy giving the demo
showed the new Survey for 2005 and said it was obviously written to fit into
C3D. It had the same type of explorer interface. So for what it's worth I'd
say that it will probably be included eventually.
"tcorey" wrote in message
> Pete, Autodesk has not announced anything they might or might not be doing
in regards to a survey module to work with Civil 3D. Be patient and I'll bet
there will be an announcement one way or the other by the 2005 spring
Have you tried your reseller?
They usually have a way of sharing info that stays within the boundaries of
their Non-Disclosure Agreement with Autodesk.
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> Anyone who knows anything can't talk about it.
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Probably not...but that's a crock. Subscriptions are due and I need to figure out how many licenses of what to keep, downgrade or ditch. I can't do that without knowing what is goig to happen with the Survey module. But then what do they care? It's in their best interest and more money in their pocket to keep me in the dark.