It is that time of year again when Autodesk retires an old version of AutoCAD and introduces a new generation. Featuring 2D parametrics and conceptual 3D, AutoCAD 2010 represents a change of direction for the industry de-facto standard. Martyn Day and Paul Woddy give us their views of the product launches.

ImagePaul Woddy of looks at the adoption of Autodesk Revit and discovers that hard user numbers are difficult to find.

ImageIf you need to share, review, interrogate and publish multi-disciplinary 3D representations of a design in a single building model, Autodesk has a very handy tool for the job, writes Martyn Day.

ImageMarc Thomas, senior consultant at Cadventure Ltd, previews the upcoming MicroStation

ImageInteroperability is one of the industry

ImageMoving from pencil and drawing board to CAD improved the productivity of designers overnight. However, with so much design information captured in digital form, even greater benefits are possible.

ImageTekla Structures is an end-to-end structural BIM solution providing a dedicated 3D modelling environment for conceptual design, engineering, round trip analysis, detailing and beyond. Greg Corke takes a closer look at the latest release, version 14.

ImageRecent market conditions have coalesced to drive a massive take-up of Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools. Martyn Day looks at the benefits of this fast-growing technology.


ImageA new website from Informatix is showcasing the work of customers using Piranesi artist

ImageRevit goes green with the addition of the Integrated Environmental Solutions

ImageThere is a lot of talk about green building design and many architects are coming up against design-related criteria of Part L. With building performance becoming key, Martyn Day evaluates a low-cost solution that could be the answer to better building design.

With rumours that Autodesk has been making plans to patent the use of the term DWG, Martyn Day looks at the reasons behind this move and the potential impact on the CAD industry.

Plant extracts This month Autodesk launched its first in-house developed P&ID (pipe and instrumentation diagram) application for AutoCAD. Martyn Day looks at the company

AutoVue 19.2With so many free file viewers available, you would have thought that the CAD file View and Markup market has become a tough place to do business in. Martyn Day evaluates Cimmetry Systems

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Revit Structure 2008Now on its fifth release, Revit Structure is finally catering for the design of more complex structures with a whole range of new advanced modelling tools. Greg Corke reports

SketchUp 6The take up of 3D in architectural practices has been slow to say the least. However, one application appears to have gained broad acceptance within
the AEC market - and that is SketchUp. Martyn Day reports.

Oasys Mail ManagerThere are many different files that need to be kept backed-up when working on a project. It seems there are lots of products that manage CAD files and very few that manage those all important emails.

Fabsec FBEAM 2006The use of cellular steel beams is on the increase in the UK construction sector. But in order to make the most of this weight saving technology, you need a design tool that engineers find easy to use says Greg Corke.