Author Archives: Lance Maidlow

About Lance Maidlow

A professional engineer and solution architect with direct experience in a wide range of industries including GIS, water, sewer, power, transportation and oil and gas. Currently focusing on the optimization of design software and field data collection for utilities, local governments and their supporting organizations.

Most Civil/Survey Firms Are Not Well Served by Civil 3D

It is my belief that many of Autodesk’s Civil 3D users would be better served by smaller developers who are laser focused on the Civil/Survey market. Continue reading

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Civil Site Design’s Satellite to Surface Feature is Amazingly Accurate!

Direct access to Google Elevation data significantly reduces the effort required to create accurate contours for pre-design and planning purposes Continue reading

Posted in Civil Site Design, Elevation Data, Google My Maps, Mapping

Is Your Land Development Desktop Getting Long in the Tooth?

Looking for a Land Development Desktop (LDD) replacement that does not require a Civil 3D? Stringer TOPO is a low cost, modern survey application that works with AutoCAD, BricsCAD and Civil 3D. Continue reading

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The Autodesk Rental Model May Result in Local Governments Wasting Money in the Future

I recently had an interesting discussion with the GIS/CAD manager for the wastewater division of a large U.S. city. He raised a number of interesting observations of their changing software needs: The city has migrated to the Esri Government model … Continue reading

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Value in Site Design Software = Productivity+ Ease of Use + Cost

  Autodesk’s move to a subscription only pricing model, combined with backward compatibility issues with Civil 3D 2017 have caused many users to evaluate the true value of Civil 3D to their organization. Many are now considering alternatives for the … Continue reading

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Civil 3D 2017 is not Backwards Compatible

Many Civil 3D users will be surprised to learn that Civil 3D 2017 is not backward compatible to earlier versions.  This will hurt many firms who purchased subscription for some but not all of their Civil 3D licenses to  maintain … Continue reading

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Small Civil Design Firms Can Dominate The Site Design Market!

Smaller civil design firms will realize immediate productivity gains from Civil Site Design that will allow them to generate accurate designs quickly with minimal training. Continue reading

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