CivilDesigner Posted February 19, 2020 Share Posted February 19, 2020 (edited) ACad question : Preface: For a decade, I've been using very simple 2D program for work, primarily to draw street & lot layouts and all associated improvements, PLUS detailed sections & basic building schematic integrated into such layouts (plan & section) Program uses a "hand/pencil" type of entry: drawing exactly as one does by hand, via mouse. This means all sections require hand-drawn re-creation, which is tedious. But there's basically no learning curve - in few mins. you could be doing what I do, no training. (Assuming you're a professional able to hand-draw your design) Great program, but I've vastly exceeded its intended use. Despite this, I keep using it, as I can't find equally easy-to-use replacement. I've searched/tried many demo CAD programs, including ACad, and all are incredibly frustrating: achieving nothing after 1 hour, not even extremely basic things. The "insanity" part is, its utterly counter-intuitive how to even PLACE or HANDLE a line. My brain just doesn't get it. If you think I'm wrong to expect to use ACad in an hour, then you're not grasping this is merely a tool to convey my designs. (and that I don't have time to spend dozens of hours training) I've heard (& seen) amazing work in ACad's "CIVIL-3d". But colleagues tell me it's a huge learning curve and difficult (these are 20+ year accomplished engineers, not draftsmen) but admit it'd be great if it was simpler. I'm not a draftsperson, I create/specify designs, so what's essential is being able to clearly communicate my concepts to allied professionals. I can effortlessly do this with my little program, but have exceeded its limits. The 2 things I need are: 1.) ability to obtain sections & perform conflict-checks -without having to RE-create everything, as I do now; 2.) import topo contours & work with them. Can anyone recommend an ACad version that can do this ? (with caveat of my need to use it with little training/involvement/drama) Edited February 19, 2020 by CivilDesigner correction Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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