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Score 8.3 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Autodesk Civil 3D is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.3

Civil 3D

93%
7 Ratings
7.0

LabVIEW

70%
5 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

Civil 3D

100%
2 Ratings

LabVIEW

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Autodesk

Well suited:
  1. Simple and self-explanatory user interface.
  2. Inter usability between other software such as MicroDrainage and Bentley CivilStorm.
  3. Autodesk customer service.
  4. Easily customizable.
Not suitable: The software is still very resource intensive on the machines and often crashes when too much data is being shown. Though significant improvements have been made in other Autodesk software like Revit, older applications like AutoCAD and C3D seem to be stuck on old, inefficient source codes.
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NI (National Instruments)

LabView is a great tool to connect your sensors to your data aquisition hardware. It makes it really easy to set-up a data acquisition routine that meets your individual requirements. I, as an engine researcher, find it very well suited for engine experimentation. For any other programming needs, i.e. not data acquisition, I would not recommend using LabView because of its graphical programming architecture. The architecture makes it a great tool for Data Aquisition but puts at a disadvantage when it comes to other computational tasks, e.g. making a thermodynamic engine model. For those applications having text-based programming is better suited
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Pros

Autodesk

  • Ease of functionality
  • Templates make design and drawings easier to complete
  • The ability to design and setup drawings simultaneously, where the drawings will be updated as the design is updated should there be changes
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NI (National Instruments)

  • Automation.
  • I/O.
  • Data Processing.
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Cons

Autodesk

  • The processing of huge sized files in such in big projects, the delay of opening a sheet in Civil3D would burn time
  • Sometimes, it crashes while opening or processing
  • The vast number of tools and functions which make it difficult to use at times hence decent amount of training may be required
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NI (National Instruments)

  • Sometimes backwards compatibility issues arise.
  • Error messages can be confusing.
  • Although it is a graphical programming interface, it has a pretty steep learning curve at first.
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Pricing Details

Civil 3D

Starting Price

$305 per month

Editions & Modules

Civil 3D editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Can be licensed monthly ($305), Annually ($2,430), or every 3 years ($6,560).Available free for one year on a student license.

    LabVIEW

    Starting Price

    $407 per year

    Editions & Modules

    LabVIEW editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    LabView Base4071
    LabView Full3,2062
    LabView Professional5,3443

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Support Rating

    Autodesk

    They have a vast open community, which has helped us understand Autodesk Civil 3D from the beginning. They have provided many templates and tutorials videos to our team due to that we can learn every new feature from them. Autodesk Civil 3D has also helped us to interconnect all its software in an internal bridge, which helps us switch between software as we need.
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    NI (National Instruments)

    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    Autodesk

    Nothing compares to the ease of learning for Autodesk Civil 3D. It is very intuitive and easy to pick up. However, most DOTs require the use of MicroStation for roadway and transportation modeling. Autodesk Civil 3D does NOT integrate well with GIS or Bentley products. However, most aviation jobs and land development firms use the software and most students learn to model on a student trial of the software.
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    NI (National Instruments)

    We chose LabVIEW over MATLAB due to the integration with hardware and the graphical programming interface. Also, the ability to use LabVIEW with FPGAs and real-time processors without having to make large changes to the code base or swapping to a separate programming environment was a big benefit since we don't know what hardware will be suitable for each customer application.
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    Return on Investment

    Autodesk

    • Possibility to analyze different scenarios of underground infrastructure design
    • Fast material volumes and quantities reports
    • Easiest way to achieve BIM mandate's objectives
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    NI (National Instruments)

    • Allows us to spend more time on analysis and less time on coding
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