Welcome!

News Feed Item

Industry Viewpoint: 6 Ways for Architecture and Engineering Companies to Improve Their CAD Software

ZWSOFT, a leading supplier of CAD solutions for the global MCAD and AEC industries, has published the results of an in-depth research study with 5 major architecture and engineering company customers, regarding problems when using their CAD software. Six main issues were raised by these companies and solutions have been found.

High-level API

The vast number of elements involved in engineering and architecture design means that several specialist tools are needed to be integrated within the design environment, to avoid the requirement for several other pieces of specialist software. ZWCAD+’s high-level API compatibility means developers can create applications to address the specific needs of users. They can also port their applications 10 times faster, meaning even more applications are available on ZWCAD+.

Efficient Tools

Since CAD software was invented to make the design process easier and more efficient, the availability of advanced tools has proved to be a major concern for the respondents. Users wanted a more customizable UI, ensuring that their most used features are the most easily accessible, thereby becoming more efficient and saving money and time, while also making it easier to correct mistakes and undertake repetitive tasks. The innovative features offered by ZWCAD+, such as Associative Dimensions and Dynamic Block, can reduce the need for re-working, while the brand new SmartSeries allows for highly customizable commands and annotation.

Data Exchange

As the most common complaint about CAD software, mentioned by 3 of the 5 firms questioned, compatibility is the main concern for many users. Zamil, a Saudi construction firm; Euroned, a Romanian offshore engineering company; and CASAIS, an architectural firm from Portugal, all noted that they had worries in this area. With the vast amount of CAD and other specialist software required in major projects, as well as the high level of collaboration involved with architecture and engineering, the firms wanted strong compatibility to allow users to open and edit drawings from a variety of origins, in one design environment. ZWCAD+ offers compatibility with all mainstream CAD software, meaning users can open files from clients and collaborators without the risk of changes or time-consuming conversions.

Efficient Memory Management

Euroned, CASAIS and Ingerieros, a Chilean construction firm, have all noted that their computer speeds have decreased as the CAD software they are using becomes more sophisticated and their designs become larger and more detailed. Since replacing hardware is far too expensive for most businesses, the firms noted the need for the efficient use of a computer’s processing ability while running the CAD software. ZWCAD+’s new Memory Management technology allows users to open large drawings over 100MB with 50% less memory usage, leading to faster speeds, saving time and money.

Comfortable User-Interface

The layout of the UI was noted by many as a major issue with CAD software. With AutoCAD being the most common starter software, a significantly different layout would cause confusion and result in significant re-learning costs when moving to a cheaper or more efficient alternative. This idea has been raised by firms as a major worry when considering switching CAD software. Having switched to ZWCAD+, however, the respondents found that there were no re-learning costs due to similarities with the AutoCAD layout, while the customizable features allowed them to make their most used commands easily available to improve efficiency.

Customizable Upgrade Structure

With the growing prices of AutoCAD, the market leader, and the major importance of cost when bidding for projects, firms are looking for alternative CAD software that may offer a more competitive pricing structure. At around 20% of the price of an AutoCAD license and a cost-efficient and customizable upgrade policy, ZWCAD+ can offer huge savings for any firm.

The vast size of most engineering and architecture projects causes unavoidable problems and challenges, while some CAD software presents unnecessary additional issues. With ZWCAD+, these challenges have already been addressed through innovative features and a focus on the end user, resulting in an efficient and cost-effective design process for all.

About ZWSOFT

ZWCAD Software Co., Ltd., is an international CAD software provider through its network of over 150 partners in 80+ countries and regions. The flagship products of ZWSOFT include ZWCAD+, the CAD solution developed by its wholly owned subsidiary company, ZWCAD DESIGN, and ZW3D CAD/CAM software.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Hitachi, the leading provider the Internet of Things and Digital Transformation, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., offers an integrated portfolio of services and solutions that enable digital transformation through enhanced data management, governance, mobility and analytics. We help globa...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Juniper Networks challenges the status quo with products, solutions and services that transform the economics of networking. The company co-innovates with customers and partners to deliver automated, scalable and secure network...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named "Platinum Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place in November in Silicon Valley, California.
Developers want to create better apps faster. Static clouds are giving way to scalable systems, with dynamic resource allocation and application monitoring. You won't hear that chant from users on any picket line, but helping developers to create better apps faster is the mission of Lee Atchison, principal cloud architect and advocate at New Relic Inc., based in San Francisco. His singular job is to understand and drive the industry in the areas of cloud architecture, microservices, scalability ...
Back in February of 2017, Andrew Clay Schafer of Pivotal tweeted the following: “seriously tho, the whole software industry is stuck on deployment when we desperately need architecture and telemetry.” Intrigue in a 140 characters. For me, I hear Andrew saying, “we’re jumping to step 5 before we’ve successfully completed steps 1-4.”
DevOps is being widely accepted (if not fully adopted) as essential in enterprise IT. But as Enterprise DevOps gains maturity, expands scope, and increases velocity, the need for data-driven decisions across teams becomes more acute. DevOps teams in any modern business must wrangle the ‘digital exhaust’ from the delivery toolchain, "pervasive" and "cognitive" computing, APIs and services, mobile devices and applications, the Internet of Things, and now even blockchain.
@DevOpsSummit has been named the ‘Top DevOps Influencer' by iTrend. iTred processes millions of conversations, tweets, interactions, news articles, press releases, blog posts - and extract meaning form them and analyzes mobile and desktop software platforms used to communicate, various metadata (such as geo location), and automation tools. In overall placement, @DevOpsSummit ranked as the number one ‘DevOps Influencer' followed by @CloudExpo at third, and @MicroservicesE at 24th.
The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regu...
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
Did you know that you can develop for mainframes in Java? Or that the testing and deployment can be automated across mobile to mainframe? In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Vaughn Marshall, Sr. Principal Product Owner at CA Technologies, will discuss and demo how increasingly teams are developing with agile methodologies using modern development environments and automating testing and deployments, mobile to mainframe.
As pervasive as cloud technology is -- and as persuasive as the arguments are for using it -- the cloud has its limits. Some companies will always have security concerns about storing data in the cloud and certain high-transaction applications will always be better suited for on-premises storage. Those statements were among the bottom-line takeaways delivered at Cloud Expo this week, a three day, bi-annual event focused on cloud technologies, adoption and associated challenges.
Multiple data types are pouring into IoT deployments. Data is coming in small packages as well as enormous files and data streams of many sizes. Widespread use of mobile devices adds to the total. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will look at the tools and environments that are being put to use in IoT deployments, as well as the team skills a modern enterprise IT shop needs to keep things running, get a handle on all this data, and deli...
Quickly find the root cause of complex database problems slowing down your applications. Up to 88% of all application performance issues are related to the database. DPA’s unique response time analysis shows you exactly what needs fixing - in four clicks or less. Optimize performance anywhere. Database Performance Analyzer monitors on-premises, on VMware®, and in the Cloud, including Amazon® AWS and Azure™ virtual machines.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Grape Up will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct. 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Grape Up is a software company specializing in cloud native application development and professional services related to Cloud Foundry PaaS. With five expert teams that operate in various sectors of the market across the U.S. and Europe, Grape Up works with a variety of customers from emergi...