IMPROVE ON YOUR PRESENTATION & DELIVERY TIME WITH AUTODESK BUILDING SYSTEM 2007 IMPROVE ON YOUR PRESENTATION & DELIVERY TIME WITH AUTODESK
ARCHITECTURAL DESKTOP AND AUTODESK BUILDING SYSTEM
Change has been said to be one of the constant thing in life and the ability of man to adjust to
change will definitely increase his efficiency.
Since the advent of AutoCAD, the construction industries have witnessed a great deal of project
management efficiency. Those that have refused to move with the change have more or less gone
The manufacturers of AutoCAD have not gone to sleep since the product came up. We have since
a great improvement in the flexibility that the product can offer mainly due to feedbacks and
continual research on the product. Those updates have come in the form of new versions and
Unfortunately, the generality of Nigerian users are not fully aware of various improvements on
the product. We have discovered that most organizations are still using the release 13 &14 of the
90s when there is already the 2006 version with increased intelligence, interactive abilities,
flexibility and efficiency.
Autodesk have even gone to the level of customizing the software to meet the needs of various
services design requirement; Architectural design, Electrical design, Mechanical design,
Plumbing design, Civil engineering design and so on. The software has become really more
interactive and intelligent.
The two major releases are Autodesk Architectural Desktop Technology (ADT) and
Autodesk Building System (ABS) which are built on the AutoCAD technology. The latest is
ABS with the first main release as 2004 version and the latest as 2006 version. ADT has been
developed much earlier.
The major advantages of these two over the AutoCAD releases are as follows:
1. Unimaginable delivery time compared to the former. 8 hours of work can be achieved in
two hours or less.
2. Automated generation of details (sections and elevations) and schedules (bill of
quantities) in minutes.
3. Great reduction in errors of design
4. Presentation in different perspective (2D & 3D) has been enhanced and made more
5. High level intelligence and interactive abilities.
The major challenge to prospective users is the initial high cost of the license to acquire the
software which the developer needs to look critically into. I personally believe that such
services which are more intellectual in nature should be made accessible to every body. The cost
of production is next to nothing for crying out loud. I believe it should be as available and
accessible as the Microsoft office products.