Productivity-Enhancing Software Helps Civil Engineering Design Firm Take On as
Many as Ten Additional Projects Each Year
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced that Coastal Engineering Associates (COASTAL),
one of Florida's most respected engineering firms, is using Autodesk Civil 3D
software, an industry-proven civil engineering solution, to help increase the
productivity of its staff and take on more new business-without having to hire
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Over the last several decades, Florida has seen incredible population
growth, which has led to a land development boom for civil engineering firms
like COASTAL. Unfortunately, the population growth has not resulted in an
increase in the number of available professionals with civil engineering
design experience. Consequently, many firms are forced to turn work away or
present potential clients with project schedules that do not best meet the
Instead of turning away work or disappointing clients, COASTAL is
investing in technology like Autodesk Civil 3D to keep its productivity levels
high. "With Civil 3D, we are able to design projects faster and more
efficiently than many of our competitors," said Quinton McDaniel, a project
manager with COASTAL. "That allows us to take on more projects without adding
Dynamic Model Saves Time
Much of the timesavings on design projects come from the dynamic Autodesk
Civil 3D engineering model, which links elements in designs and enables faster
revisions. Surfaces, cross sections, profiles, annotations and more are
dynamically linked and updated automatically, reducing costly errors and
omissions. As a result, Civil 3D customers can evaluate multiple alternatives
quickly, make smarter decisions, minimize manual edits and output updated
These dynamic change capabilities proved their value while COASTAL was
working on the Southern Hills Plantation, a 1,000-acre luxury residential
community. COASTAL discovered that some of the site's elevation figures
needed to be adjusted, and was able to correct the elevation issue in one day
using Autodesk Civil 3D-a task that previously would have taken several days
"We are completing the Southern Hills project 30 to 35 percent faster
thanks to Autodesk Civil 3D," said McDaniel. "These savings help us to accept
more projects than before. We have been able to take on as many as ten
Chris Bradshaw, vice president, Autodesk Infrastructure Solutions,
believes COASTAL is a great example of the typical Autodesk customer who,
facing a range of industry-wide pressures-including high demand and a
shrinking workforce-has turned to advanced technology to improve productivity.
"COASTAL is leveraging Autodesk Civil 3D so that they can work smarter, not
harder. Their success demonstrates what a difference the right civil
engineering application can make to a company's bottom line."
Autodesk, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 company, wholly focused on ensuring that
great ideas are turned into reality. With seven million users, Autodesk is the
world's leading software and services company for the manufacturing,
infrastructure, building, media and entertainment, and wireless data services
fields. Autodesk's solutions help customers create, manage and share their
data and digital assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas
into competitive advantage, become more productive, streamline project
efficiency and maximize profits.
Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California. For
additional information about Autodesk, please visit www.autodesk.com .
About Coastal Engineering Associates
Coastal Engineering Associates is a multi-disciplined firm with a wide
range of professional, technical and support skills. Since its inception in
1958, Coastal has completed a diversity of projects in its many fields of
specialization including civil engineering, planning, survey, environmental
services, transportation and construction administration.
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in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or
trademarks belong to their respective holders.
Contact: Alan Dunton, 415-318-4141
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