The European Commission is looking at the competitive situation on the market for specialist design software and has requested information from at least one company in the sector. Known as computer-aided-design or ‘CAD’ software, the technology allows designers such as engineers and architects to build computerised 2D and 3D models of their work. Related software products also track how designs evolve over time.
US firm Autodesk, which develops the AutoCAD software popular among architects, told MLex that it was “aware that the commission is reviewing the CAD industry. We have not received a visit from the commission. We have and will continue to provide anything the commission has requested in this matter,” said the company. The commission had no immediate comment.
Among other major developers in the sector are Nemetschek, which makes the Vectorworks software; and Bentley, which makes Microstations [sic]. Both companies could not reply to requests for comment. Similarly, Dassault Systemes was unable to comment.