Need Advice On Architectural Engineering And Construction Software
Q: We are soliciting opinions and recommendations on architectural, engineering and construction CAD packages for our company. We need a very complete and polished package to support us from the initial design through maintenance and future building modifications. We would like to hear your opinions and experiences both good and bad on commercially available software. Please reply via e-mail to eac...@hfm.com Our requirements are as follows: 1. The package must interface with the Oracle database package (preferrably version 7). 2. The package must support the following areas: a. Complete Architectural Drawings with detail suitable for construction including: - Complete Structural Details - Electrical - Plumbing & Piping b. Capability for handling special flooring requirements for raised floors, angled floors and floors with special finish requirements. c. Ability to define special equipment in a library for placement and reuse in our drawings. d. Ability to place equipment and furniture in a building and view it in both 2-d and 3-d. e. Ability to create a complete Bill of Materials for everything required to build the building. f. Ability to do animation and walk-throughs. g. Facilities maintenance support. h. Fixed Assets Support. i. Site planning and preparation. j. The ability to allow files to be viewed by all users on a network possibly through X-windows. Thanks for your assistance.
A: -It doesn't really sound like you have a whole lot of choices for the core drafting program. Either Autocad r12 or Intergraph's Microstation pc are capable of doing what you want. Both packages are supported by a number of third party vendors that have applications that should suit your needs. -It doesn't really sound like you have a whole lot of choices for the core drafting program. Either Autocad r12 or Intergraph's Microstation pc are capable of doing what you want. Both packages are supported by a number of third party vendors that have applications that should suit your needs. -Actually, Arris from Sigma Design, Inc. (617 270-1000), is well suited to the above requirements, as well. Personally, I prefer it to Autocad. I would imagine there are a number of other packages available, also, especially if you aren't overly concerned with market share as an attribute.
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