Posted by Mark Bell on February 04, 2004 at 19:25:21:
In Reply to: Re: What is the latest CAD software that is in demand today at architectural firms? posted by Jorge Campos on February 02, 2004 at 08:36:42:
You will probably find the answer changes depending on where you are in the world and the size and type of practice you work at.
By general numbers, AutoCAD has the largest number of sales/seats then DataCAD, Microstation and others. Archicad is coming up but tends to be preferred for 3D presentation that full documentation (at least for larger projects).
My office is part of the Peddle Thorp Group (Australia's largest and world's fifth largest) and have been using DataCAD since 1991 (previously AutoCAD). We do mid-large scale projects and have found it is probably one of the best all-round packages for 3D modelling, rendering, 2D documentation etc. and has a large array of architecture-specific features. As mentioned in earlier posts, Acad is more generic and requires expensive add-ons to make it more architecturally orientated. DataCAD is usable straight out of the box! I believe in the US it is #2 (mainly small-mid size firms) which gives you a greater option for employment. We regularly trial other CAD softwares but have not found one the offers the equivalent value for money or efficiency offered with DataCAD (www.datacad.com / www.softtech.de)
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