Does Civil 3D provide value to the typical surveyor?
Maybe not a concern for the typical surveyor, but it is a non starter for me because it does not have geodetic functions.
I have used it. I can see it being preferred by large engineering firms with very compartmentalized job duties, but other wise, I think the higher cost and steeper learning curve provide very little extra benefit for most independent land surveyors.
In a word...NO!
C3D is a powerful design tool but it is too complex and far too expensive for most all survey related needs.
I've watched this post with interest but refrained from posting simply because I am a Bentley user. But I would like to say something now. One misnomer I've noticed is in the title of the original post; typical surveyor; and therein lies the "x factor". I don't believe there actually is such a thing. We all probably would like to think we are "typical". I mean we all basically perform in a similar fashion. We survey. But I think the comparison stops there.
I can understand the need for software compatibility with A&E firms if the bulk of your work is preparatory for those types of projects. I have several colleagues that are strictly C3D users because their business model is slanted in that direction. I also have colleagues that do bang-up business, like myself, that have absolutely nothing to do with architectural or engineering clients. While we are all surveyors, the end-users of our data appear to drive what software we need, not our commonality as surveyors, and rightfully so.
I have noticed over the years that AutoCAD products have put a lot of time and effort into maintaining some sort of exclusivity in their products. I am disheartened by the fact that all that time and effort seems geared more toward keeping their profits high than anything else. I would rather see them providing diverse products for a wider spectrum of users...
But I guess that's the American Way. If you have something that everyone thinks they need...hike your prices.
Although this link below is survey related to Autodesk Infraworks, it does at the end mention a similar video for Civil 3D. These guys appear to be producing and sharing a lot of good stuff.
Getting costs for the yearly "update/subscription", they are very close to jumping the shark this time. It's outrageous!!!