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dgorsman

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Lightweight alternative to Civil3D?
« on: November 16, 2009, 03:24:06 PM »
We only need to do a little surface modelling along with some rough cut and fill calculations, so the cost of Civil3D isn't worth it to us - we wouldn't be using, what, 90% of its capabilities?  Can anybody recommend a lightweight program that can create a triangulated surface model from surveyed points (X,Y,Z,description format) along with some basic modification and volume calculations?

I *think* I can do this in-house- already researched the algorithms - but I'm not sure that would be cost effective.
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Willie

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Re: Lightweight alternative to Civil3D?
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2009, 05:44:42 PM »
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Scott

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Re: Lightweight alternative to Civil3D?
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2009, 11:36:23 PM »
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dgorsman

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Re: Lightweight alternative to Civil3D?
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2009, 11:25:16 AM »
Thanks guys, I'll have a look into those.
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try {GreatPower;}
   catch (notResponsible)
      {NextTime(PlanAhead);}
   finally
      {MasterBasics;}