ConstructionPro Week, Volume: Construction Advisor Today - Issue: 115 - 07/08/2011

California Transportation Department Chooses Autodesk for Road, Highway Design Projects

California’s Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has selected Autodesk Inc.’s AutoCAD Civil 3D for road and highway design projects across the state. A five-year contract between the two parties permits access to the company’s AutoCAD Civil 3D software, training, and services. Civil 3D is part of Autodesk’s portfolio of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Infrastructure solutions, which includes software for planning, designing, building, and managing infrastructure.


California has almost 400,000 lane miles of road, and Caltrans manages more than 50,000 of these miles.


Developing and repairing this infrastructure strategically, economically, and sustainably requires innovative road design software, according to Autodesk. “Caltrans plans to use AutoCAD Civil 3D software to produce timely and quality plans, specifications, and estimates for transportation improvement projects statewide. Caltrans’ decision to move to Civil 3D adds them to a growing list of major transportation agencies – [including transportation agencies in Alaska, Florida, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin] -- that have made the move to Autodesk BIM for Infrastructure solutions.”


“We continue to see considerable momentum in the demand for our BIM for Infrastructure solutions,” said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president of Autodesk’s AEC solutions.


Parsons Brinckerhoff, which focuses on planning, design, and management for infrastructure, has been using AutoCAD Civil 3D on highway design projects across California.


“I am excited that Caltrans has decided to standardize on Autodesk’s Civil 3D,” said Brady Nadell, P.E. at Parsons Brinckerhoff. “The model-based workflows that Civil 3D supports have resulted in efficiency gains for our highway engineering and management teams, giving us a competitive advantage.”




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