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Score 8.7 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Autodesk Civil 3D is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.1

Civil 3D

91%
7 Ratings
8.6

SOLIDWORKS

86%
53 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Civil 3D

N/A
0 Ratings
9.9

SOLIDWORKS

99%
2 Ratings

Usability

Civil 3D

N/A
0 Ratings
1.2

SOLIDWORKS

12%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

Civil 3D

100%
2 Ratings
6.7

SOLIDWORKS

67%
28 Ratings

In-Person Training

Civil 3D

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

SOLIDWORKS

90%
1 Rating

Online Training

Civil 3D

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

SOLIDWORKS

90%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Civil 3D

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.
vijay kumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

As a mechanical engineer, it is one of the best tools to just start modeling and engineering with. The UI tools are intuitive and engineering analysis such Mold Analysis, FEA, are great! Other 3D CAD modeling tools have a longer learning curve to master. All in all, if you're not planning to design an entire airplane with large assembly files, then Solidworks is your tool!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Civil 3D

  • Very useful for projects that contain rail alignment in such showing profiles along with the utilities that the rail is crossing it
  • Manage GIS data along connecting the design to documentation in order to support the productivity
  • Provide team coordination along using visualizing, simulation, and analysis that integrates with the design process to improve the delivery
Mahmoud obaid | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

  • The collaborative work environment is a cool and useful feature where groups of people can work on the same model at the same time, and SOLIDWORKS ensures that you don't overwrite each other's work.
  • The ease and amount of customization options are very useful for creating a personalized and intuitive user interface, whether SOLIDWORKS is your native CAD package or not.
  • It is very easy to quickly edit a model you have already created. The software allows sketch and feature editing without having to take the time to actually enter the sketch/feature environment.
  • The use of configurations and configurations-specific dimensions in the same sketch is very useful for creating different forms of the same part
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Civil 3D

  • Needs some basic training or technical knowledge before using Auto desk Civil 3D.
  • Needs high power processing computer for smooth operation of software.
Jamuna Thakuri | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

  • Save DWG 2D files in inches or metric easily, defaults to metric and has to be manually converted to inches
  • When using the sketch feature, the ability to disable ALL references. If I don't know the exact shape and I want to draw/adapt my design, it harshly interprets the references which have no value to me. The easiest exact is to think about when you have a Microsoft Word document that has a lot of formatting, photos, tabs, etc. If you accidentally hit the "enter" key, you can explode the formatting and everything goes crazy. SW does this to me, I just want to "doodle" my sketches, edit/delete/etc and not be bound by arbitrary references.
  • For the sketch feature, ability to use a DraftSight plugin of some sort. I'm super fast in DS, if I could draw using the commands in SW then I would probably never open DS again and convert to SW full time. Currently, I only use SW as a way to convert 3D files so I can build everything in DraftSight.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Civil 3D

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$305 per month

Civil 3D Editions & Modules

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

SOLIDWORKS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$1,295 per year

SOLIDWORKS Editions & Modules

Edition
Solidworks Standard$3,9961
Solidworks Annual Subscription$1,2952
  1. per standalone license
  2. per year
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Civil 3D

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 9.9
Based on 2 answers
We have absolutely no reasons to not keep with SolidWorks for the foreseeable future.
Chris Bartch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Civil 3D

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 1.2
Based on 2 answers
SOLIDWORKS is very user-friendly. The user interface is intuitive. Many sources for help are available in the event you are attempting something new.
Michael Greene | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Civil 3D

Civil 3D 10.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Shanti Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 6.7
Based on 28 answers
We have an unusual arrangement. We don’t pay for support, but we’re partnered with a VAR for second-tier support.
I work with other users if I have questions but when we’ve had to ask the VAR, they always have answers.It appears that all of the VARs have access to a support platform from DS SOLIDWORKS that helps them answer most questions.
Cory Puuri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Civil 3D

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

Onshape is a direct competitor. It has great entry level pricing and it is easy to access with no installation required. Being a web based app there is sometime some lag being based in NZ. Management also have concerns over where the data is stored on the cloud. With SW we can control where it is stored
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Civil 3D

  • Possibility to analyze different scenarios of underground infrastructure design
  • Fast material volumes and quantities reports
  • Easiest way to achieve BIM mandate's objectives
Halan Bastos Oliveira | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

  • Creation of small 3D pieces to generate cash flow.
  • Not being able to create 3D sculptures with this tool, and not being able to fulfill the client's requirements.
  • To be able to sell high visual quality simulations for companies that hire the service.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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