AutoCAD a great design tool for multi purpose projects !
March 29, 2018

AutoCAD a great design tool for multi purpose projects !

Victor Arana | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with AutoCAD

We currently use AutoCAD to do reviews and markups of the drawing sets of construction projects. We also use AutoCAD to make changes over the design landscapes and report the inconsistencies upon final revision of the drawings. Our team of project managers and estimator work closely using and sharing updates of the CAD file sets. All the drawings are being shared using A360 that allows us to get the most from the AutoCAD cloud add-in set. The TCO and the annual subscription of Autodesk impact the IT budget of software maintenance.

Pros

  • The ability to deploy shared licenses, and manage the end user subscription from the Autodesk web portal
  • Easy steps to deploy install and set up user accounts.
  • Allows to preview 3D drawings and send them to other Autodesk apps like Revit or Civil

Cons

  • The Auto CAD ADLM requires explicit rules for Internet access and firewall permissions to stay connected in company networks.
  • The Manuals to manage and set training path to end user are not available.
  • The amount of seats or end users may impact for ADLM services held in Auto CAD server.
  • Auto CAD can be used to create simulated environments to show the client and set an accurate preview of the project
  • 3D CAD designs can be made to look realistic by using the material library for clients to see, and get advantage over the change order aiming to the client preferences.
  • Time invested on training staff and the cost of the training can be challenging.
  • Initial cost of buying CAD as a network based system is high.
AutoCAD allows me to download preset libraries of objects and export as many items as I require to fill out a complete design in a single existing or new drawing, allows me to work in 2D and 3D layout without add ins from third party apps or vendors and works great saving docs by sections in PDF format.
Auto CAD meets the requirements as it's well suited to do reviews and build drawings sets and to create project standards, build an extensive catalog of drawing designs, merging new and existing concepts.

Auto CAD can read 3D and build new layouts within the standards of an existing or new drawing.

Auto CAD can't be used to replace Revit, Civil, or an Architectural Auto Desk program suites that have custom and specific features to bring an outstanding design of a catalog based drawing designs.

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