Hello from Barcelona
Okay, we’re ready to start covering the annual Bricsys International Conference here in warm Barcelona by the Mediterranean Sea.
The theme of this conference is Choice, the choice being between BricsCAD and some other CAD package that has millions of users (no, not Graebert ARES). The slogan “I Choose BricsCAD” is everywhere.
Just before the keynote began, I happened to be speaking with a customer from California, who does roadway design. He wants to have CAD licensed for every workstation, but it was too expensive to license Autodesk’s Civil 3D on them all.
Autodesk suggested that he put AutoCAD on some stations. As he looked into this, he looked further, and discovered BricsCAD, and so saved . (He uses my ebook, “Inside BricsCAD.”) But it was not just the expense of licenses. Bug reports are ignored for years. And dealing with Autodesk generally is unpleasant, he told me.
So now they have some licenses of Civil 3D (“because America runs on Civil 3D,” he said), and the rest of BricsCAD. The biggest problem has been in the area of dynamic blocks: not that BricsCAD can’t create them (the design firm has Civil 3D for this task) but that BricsCAD in the past was not able to manipulate dynamic blocks well enough. He hires programmers to fix the little problems.
For the future, his hope is to replace Civil 3D entirely with road design software from Australia, which runs on BricsCAD.
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