As many of you might know, the CADWorx Plant Professional 2017 R1 was released last week. With this new release came significant benefits for the users, one of the biggest being the possibility to now choose to run their projects on either BricsCAD® or AutoCAD® platforms.
Insider Blog interviewed Peter van der Weijde, Vice President Intergraph® CADWorx® & Analysis Europe and Africa regarding the release and the addition of BricsCAD.
Hi Peter! Could you tell us about the reasons for Intergraph CADWorx & Analysis deciding to include BricsCAD platform to the CADWorx suite?
PvdW: It came down to three main reasons. First, we wanted to provide more flexibility to our users so that they could use the CAD platform that suits their needs the best. Secondly, we wanted to provide full license flexibility for both subscription and perpetual licenses. In addition, we were looking for a cost-effective engine that would enable us to soon invest in cloud technology.
Does this addition impact existing CADWorx users?
PvdW: There is hardly any difference for the user as all the CADWorx commands work 99% the same way on both platforms. There is no need for additional training.
How compatible are AutoCAD and BricsCAD in combination with CADWorx?
PvdW: AutoCAD versions 2014 to 2017 all run on the AutoCAD 2013 DWG format. BricsCAD 17.2 (this is the version that supports CADWorx) is also using the same DWG 2013 format.
This means that any CADWorx DWG file previously created in AutoCAD 2014-2017 can go to BricsCAD 17.2 and vice versa. You could even install CADWorx with the two CAD engines running on one machine and take CADWorx models from AutoCAD to BricsCAD and vice versa.
Does the BricsCAD platform bring additional functionalities?
PvdW: Yes. Bricsys, the company behind BricsCAD, has invested in adding more DWG functionalities to BricsCAD especially in the area of 3D modelling and the cloud.
What benefits do you see this bringing to your customers?
PvdW: If a CADWorx user has a need for solid modeling or architecture, I would recommend him or her to have a look at what BricsCAD offers. For a little more money you have solid modelling capabilities and BIM/Architecture available. This means you don’t need to buy and learn how to use a different CAD platform and you can avoid complicated file conversions as everything is done in a DWG format.
How do you see the position of AutoCAD and BricsCAD as platforms for CADWorx in the future?
PvdW: We will continue to develop and support both CAD platforms giving our users a chance to choose the platform that suits them better.
You can read more about the new CADWorx release here, and find an overview of BricsCAD and AutoCAD functionality here.