I was reminded the other day that ten years ago this month, Autodesk acquired Softdesk. I can’t believe it’s been that long!
For those of you who may not know the history of the Autodesk civil products, here is the abridged version:
- 1985 – DCA Engineering starts marketing LISP routines for AutoCAD
- 1991 – DCA renames itself Softdesk
- 1997 – Softdesk is acquired by Autodesk
I was never a Softdesk employee, but I was a Softdesk Registered Consultant, so I remember the acquisition well. All the Softdesk folks were scared to death that they would lose their jobs. Few actually did. In fact, more than a few former Softdesk folks are still at Autodesk, most of them based in Manchester, NH.
We certainly have seen evolution at work since 1997. Land Desktop was the first. Today of course, Civil 3D and the dynamic modeling capability it provides, is revolutionizing how we do our work