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Thursday, August 7, 2008


He has been standing on the gallows for five years now waiting for the final edict to come and the trap door to spring open below his feet. The edict has been signed and passed down. The trap door will finally open sometime in the spring of 2009 and the trumpeter will play TAPS.

Autodesk finally announced in early July that Land Desktop 2009 will be the final release of this product.

I cannot say that I will miss it much. I was never a fan of that product. I know that some people think that it is great and others are like me. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

But do not worry all is not lost. Autodesk released a new civil engineering product back in 2003 called AutoCAD Civil 3D 2004. The idea behind it was to develop a software package that could do what Land Desktop does but better. Five years later they have a product that is amazing, in my opinion, and they are still adding things to it. Civil 3D helps cut down on mistakes and production time because it automatically updates the documentation as design changes are made. What more can you ask for?

This year Autodesk introduced a new product for civil engineering called AutoCAD Civil. As AutoCAD Civil 3D has continued to mature with analysis and simulation capabilities, the product has grown beyond the needs of the civil engineering technician, drafter, and surveyor. The introduction of AutoCAD Civil provides a solution that delivers a more appropriate level of value for the technician, drafter, and surveyor, at a lower price point.

What is the difference between AutoCAD Civil 2009 and AutoCAD Civil 3D

The functionality in AutoCAD Civil 2009 is a subset of that in AutoCAD Civil 3D 2009.
AutoCAD Civil 3D includes incremental functionality to support analysis and simulation
more appropriate for civil engineers and designers. Both AutoCAD Civil and AutoCAD
Civil 3D are model-centric solutions and can be used together seamlessly within the same
organization. The following table provides a high level comparison of the two products.
More details on functionality for both products can be found at


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