With a trend toward integrated project delivery gaining traction, project teams are clamoring for a free flow of data between disciplines. In its latest response to the evolving market needs, on Feb. 9, San Raphael, Calif.-based Autodesk Inc. presented 2010 versions of its architecture, engineering, construction and geospatial products, as well as civil design software for transportation and utilities, with changes designed to ease the adoption of building information modeling processes within and across those sectors. The most ubiquitous change, as presented in a web conference showcasing key features of the new releases, is the replacement of tool bars across
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.