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Industry Viewpoint: 6 Ways for Architecture and Engineering Companies to Improve Their CAD Software
|By Business Wire
|July 3, 2014 09:00 AM EDT
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.
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+.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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