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Covert Engineering

App bridges gap between trades and architects

Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional Facilities Design
Larry Covert, Electrical Engineer, Mobile, AL

Electrical engineer Larry Covert spends many hours on the road designing electrical systems for churches, schools, hotels, and other commercial buildings. He was immediately intrigued when he learned about the AutoCAD 360 mobile and cloud application.

Electrical engineering CAD drawing
Electrical engineering CAD drawing
Electrical engineer CAD drawing
Electrical engineer

“When I realized that AutoCAD 360 would let me travel with design drawings without carrying a CD or flash drive, I thought, ‘I’ve got to try this out!’”

Covert now uploads his AutoCAD LT drawings to his AutoCAD 360 online account and syncs them with his iPad. So whether he’s traveling or in the field, Covert can always access drawings.

When he starts a project, Covert typically takes a floor plan provided by the architect to the site and marks it up using AutoCAD 360. “I can insert electrical symbols and write notes easily using AutoCAD 360,” says Covert. “Sometimes I even start my electrical drawing in the field. When I get back to the office, I download the drawings from my iPad to AutoCAD LT on my desktop. Then, I do the heavy-duty design work in AutoCAD LT.”

When he needs to collaborate with architects, he simply gives them access to drawings via AutoCAD 360. “I've seen architects navigate through my drawings in AutoCAD 360 within minutes after giving them permission to view them,” Covert says.

Sometimes Covert doesn’t have internet access while on the road. Not a problem. AutoCAD 360 enables users to store drawings locally on the iPad. “I can take drawings into the field on my iPad, make notes, and then sync with the AutoCAD 360 cloud application when I’m back online,” he explains.

Covert sums up the reasons why he uses AutoCAD 360 multiple times a day: “First, I always have my drawings, no matter where I am. Second, I can edit drawings with either a computer or an iPad. Third, using AutoCAD 360 in the field is just as easy as working in AutoCAD LT back at my desk. AutoCAD 360 is a great tool for me.”