by Professor Geoffrey Moore Langdon
As of today (Thursday, 11 December 1997) all the results in all the categories of Designers 3D CAD Shootout for Architectural CADD Systems are now posted on the Web site. We have also started uploading all the Teams actual drawing submissions done during the 3 hour charrette, starting with the MiniCAD Team, which is the overall winner and now current holder of the Architectural CADD Cup.

Four Teams came away from the competition as the clear winners - winning over 85% of all the categories between them :

The judges on the jury were very very conscientious and scrutinized not just the final end products but carefully watched the process and techniques the Teams used, so they could give us some insights in a number of categories, such as how easy and how accurate were the 3D modeling details. Each of the 12 CAD softwares represented are excellent and ideal for some practitioners in our widely diverse construction industry. In many cases the Teams were able to make their point and appeal. Thus, it is important to look at the results in areas critical to your firm - for instance, BuildersCAD, though not a top placer, clearly demonstrated that it may be the best software for design build firms. An analysis of each Team will be posted soon.

Also of interest is the software currently used by the audience, and whether they planned to change what software they use after seeing the competition. As is typical of architects in New England the predominant software in use is DataCAD, followed closely by AutoCAD (with all the various versions combined), followed distantly by MiniCAD, Microstation, and No CADD use.

We invite you to take a look at the results, and to look at the drawings and judge for yourself. Once all the Team drawings are posted we will have a Web vote, so you can tell us what you think.

The Designers 3D CAD Shootout