Last week I had the opportunity to present at the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers (MALSCE) Annual Convention, held in Hyannis, MA. I have presented at MALSCE before and have always been welcomed with open arms, courteous hosts, and eager attendees. This convention was no different.
This time I presented on the topic “MassDOT CAD Standard – What does it mean for you?” I have had the great privilege of working as part of the Microdesk team assisting with developing the MassDOT’s new CAD standard. So to be able to present the final product to the local civil community was a great honor.
Alongside me were Michael Chouinard, PE, PLS, Layout Engineer; John Anthony, PLS, Survey Engineer; and Evanson Browne, PLS, Survey Office Engineer from MassDOT, who served as “technical advisors” for attendees with questions regarding the new processes being put into play.
The big announcement was that MassDOT’s standard now requires engineers to submit project deliverables in AutoCAD Civil 3D. This will not only provide a consistent set of documents for MassDOT, but also allows engineers the opportunity to realize some of the major benefits of working with this software. Increased efficiencies and improved workflows between other members of the design team are just a couple.
MassDOT’s move to Civil 3D follows a growing trend we’re seeing from transportation departments across the country – from California to Wisconsin to Alaska – to standardize on a solution that allows the civil disciplines to finally truly engage in the BIM process.
Of course, this is leading civil engineers around the country to ask questions like:
- How will this affect my current work?
- Do I have to upgrade to Civil 3D 2012?
- What changes have been made to the standards?
- How can I do more work with departments of transportation?
- How am I going to pay for all this?
The good news is that agencies like MassDOT are making every effort to provide all the resources necessary to address these questions, help everyone realize the benefits, and make the transition process as painless as possible. So for example, funding sources are being made available for training and software purchases.
I have re-recorded a quick 5-minute version of the presentation here to give you an overview. Check it out and if you have any questions as to how this may affect you, please feel free to contact me.