AutoCAD - Good introductory Design Application.
April 07, 2019

AutoCAD - Good introductory Design Application.

Nick Tanner | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with AutoCAD

Our company uses AutoCAD to supplement other construction workflows. If and when digital plan files for projects are not done in a 3D workflow, we receive 2D DWG files. Survey and layout teams start with AutoCAD Civil files to establish points for project control. The Virtual Design and Construction Department uses CAD files from Mechanical, Electrical, Structural and Architectural disciplines for an overlay style coordination. Our Estimating Department will then have DWG files received from the design teams converted to PDF, so that they can do a quantity take-off review.
  • Layer management and organizing lots of information in one spot. This is helpful to see how things 'stack' up the various levels in a building.
  • File size usually remains fairly small.
  • External reference linking of other files, so that many people can work on different parts of a project at the same time.
  • For its primary use as a 2D design application, it works well.
  • Autodesk has done a great job of improving the product over its very long product lifecycle.
  • I don't have access to provide a ROI value.
When it comes to comparing AutoCAD to Revit, it's like trying to compare an apple to an Orange. While both are a design type of product, they are on different levels, with each having better strengths over the other. There is endless customizability for AutoCAD, while Revit is still developing some of these types of features with add-ins.
Its a great application for quick sketches or basic layouts of something where simple linework would be the best scenario.