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know its still early in the game and I also applaud autodesk for attempting
this object oriented approach, however, I think there are going to be a lot of
users who would just as soon stick with the tried and true land desktop. It
works. And as Allen says, you can easily get 90% down the path before you have
to start manually editing. If autodesk is going to improve on civil3d, they
will need to put some tools in there to allow manual drafting(ie cross section
and profile tools). I work in an urban area where you have to make the design
fit very limiting existing conditions, not in an empty field where all you
need to worry about is if the earthwork balances. And if you can get the
software to take in all the minute details needed to finish the plans it will
become too complex to run. I think they should release civil 3d as a seperate
product; two different levels of automation. Ive been in the business for
about 15 years, worked in big companies and small and am now in the government
sector, and of all the users Ive known only about 30-40% of them can run every
aspect of software(softdesk, autodesk, LDD)efficiently. Thats a big gamble on
autodesks part to risk losing half of their user
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