Chicago — The first Grid report for civil engineering design software, published by business software review platform G2 Crowd, ranks eight products to help purchasers in their selections. The Spring 2015 report is based on more than 200 reviews written by engineering professionals.

The Grid, which is created from G2 Crowd’s software review platform, factors in customer satisfaction reported by users and vendor market presence determined from social and public data to rank products.

Civil engineering design software includes functionality specific to the civil engineering industry, such as railway modeling, road and highway design and mapping tools. Some of these products are stand-alone tools with extensive computer-aided design (CAD) technology tailored towards civil engineering, while others run atop other tools to optimize them for civil engineering purposes.

To qualify as a Leader, a product must receive a high customer satisfaction score and have substantial market presence. AutoCAD Civil 3D, Bentley InRoads, AutoCAD Map 3D and MicroStation were named Leaders. High Performers have high customer satisfaction scores with a smaller market presence than Leaders. AutoTURN was the only High Performer named, and it also earned the highest overall customer satisfaction score.

Across all civil engineering design tools, reviewers reported the product they use meets their requirements at an average rate of 84 percent, and on average reviewers said they were 84 percent likely to recommend the product they use.

Of the nearly 20 software vendors listed in G2 Crowd’s Civil Engineering Design Software category, the eight ranked products each received 10 or more reviews to qualify for inclusion on the Grid.

Satisfaction rankings are generated from the user reviews, and market presence is calculated from vendor size, market share, and social impact. Based on a combination of these scores, each software solution is categorized as a Leader, High Performer, Contender, or Niche.

Premium research access can be purchased at for $599. This offers the original data for filtering and weighting, as well as individual profiles of each platform with the most helpful positive and negative civil engineering design software reviews, detailed company information, user satisfaction ratings, feature scores and customer metrics. Future Grid refreshes will provide updated rankings based on the latest reviews and social data.