How do changes make their way into the Intergraph CADWorx & Analysis Software Solutions? As with most things, teamwork!
Intergraph CADWorx & Analysis Solutions (ICAS) has partners all over the world and ECE Design is one of those partners in the CADWorx Focus Group. ECE is the frontline, working with customers to solve everyday workflow challenges. ICAS and ECE then meet and discuss those solutions and generate ways to incorporate them into your favorite ICAS software. Some changes are small and some are pretty major, but all are important.
CADWorx Plant Professional has taken the limelight over the last year with enhanced pipe routing, design grips, and other great time saving tools. With 2014 around the corner and further enhancements to CADWorx Plant Professional, the CADWorx Focus Group is shifting its attention – for a bit – to CADWorx P&ID Professional, CADWorx Steel Professional and CADWorx Equipment. Now, things don’t happen overnight but the CADWorx Focus Group has been compiling ideas from around the globe into a single list. We recently met to discuss this list and how to incorporate the ideas contained within, into the ICAS products we love.
This latest meeting was a genuine success and we thank our hosts at ICAS for getting us all together. We are very excited to see the CADWorx family of products grow and thrive.
We would also like to thank our customers. Together, we can keep the CADWorx Plant Professional Suite the #1 AutoCAD based Plant Design Package in the world!
It would have been nice if they would have invited a few customers to the meeting. I saw the CADWorx 2014 new features at ICAS’s open house and it was impressive. If everything that was presented is true (particularly the overall COG calculations that include UserShapes) then we’re a big step closer to executing floating/semi-submersible type offshore projects with CADWorx.
However, there is one major issue that ICAS hasn’t addressed regarding CADWorx and that is how to workshare across multiple offices. This can be challenging, especially when running a “live” SQL Server database. I realize that the makers of AutoCAD have some solutions for this issue and there is some cloud technologies available. However, our legal department still has issues with some of those technologies.
Tell ICAS “Job well done” with CADWorx 2014 and we’re looking forward to the other disciplines (electrical, instrumentation, and civil/structural) being upgraded to an “enhanced” mode in the near future.
Understood. They look to ECE to gather a wide cross section of user needs and wants across the USA and other partners around the world did the same. Once gathered, ECE provided our customer’s feedback and needs moving forward. Keep pushing John and our Support team and trust me ECE will continue to push them into the products in this collaborative effort.