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I was recently certified by Autodesk as a Civil 3D Implementation Certified Expert or ICE. I have worked in the Civil Engineering industry since 1987. In 1994 I started my consulting business doing training and consulting for Civil Engineering customers utilizing Autodesk civil engineering technology. I started L.A. CAD in 1999 and we are currently the 3rd largest Autodesk partner in the U.S. Studied Civil Engineering at Long Beach State, graduated in 1996.

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Saturday, March 04, 2006


Autodesk Civil 3D Packaged Services

Well, I am officially committed to helping Autodesk establish their service offerings for Civil 3D. I partipated in this 2-day meeting with Mark Scacco, P.E. of Engineered Efficiency, Inc. Autodesk asked for our help because they realized that Mark's company and my company L.A. CAD have the most integrated and comprehensive methods of implementing this technology into the marketplace. It is not as easy as you think. The ICE training is a nice start, but it is not going to give you the real world experience nor teach you the strategies by which you can get this implemented into an organization correctly. Autodesk asked us to partipate because they have been exposed first hand to the way we are accomplishing true adoption of this technology. L.A. CAD was the only Autodesk partner and Mark's company was the only consulting partner asked to participate in this event.

It was tough for Mark and I because we both realize the competitive advantage we have to getting this technology implemented successfully and the intellectual property we are giving to Autodesk. However, we were asked to help and we realize the alternative is probably not the best solution. At the end of the day, this will help the greater community be successful with Civil 3D. If you have any questions as to the methodology and strategies we utilize for transitioning a company from 10 users to 1000 users to Civil 3D, please contact me.

Posted by DannyCounts @ 7:38 AM


Posted by Anonymous Anonymous : 11:40 AM

First of all, Congrates, being asked to participate is quite the feather in your cap.

My problem is this: The majority of Management understands we aren’t using the software the way we should be, however, the majority of the employees show no interest in learning new features/commands. We have licenses for Land Desktop & Civil companion 2006, however the drafting department use it as an overpowered drafting table. Plans are created with linework & blocks not command functions or program features. Have you dealt with this type of situation before? How do you motivate change when the majority seems happy with the status quo?

Posted by Blogger DannyCounts : 2:07 PM
Yes, I constantly deal with this type of mind set. It is always and will remain a part of what we do. You said management is admitting the problem; that is a start. They are pretty much the only folks that have the ability to affect change within an organization. We conduct very high level meetings with C-level individuals to create the necessary urgency. The urgency is very real. The bottom line is I am sure they would like to stay competitive in their market, thus they will need to make some decisions and begin some planning in regards to Civil 3D and using design software the way it was intended as the competitive market place continues to heat up.

I cannot discuss specifics of how this will be addressed from an Autodesk perspective yet, but I would be happy to discuss with you some of the ideas above.

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