Wow, what a week. I've been away providing a tremendous amount of training. It may be coincidental but it feels as though the new Civil 3D 2006 has put some, conscious or subconscious, pressure on the larger engineering companies to look at the way they are doing things and perhaps readjust.
Let me explain. Some of the larger engineering firms will not be easily able to convert over to Civil 3D. The smallest companies CAN do so easily, because it is a matter of training only a handful of users. Because the smaller companies are increasing their efficiency and productivity with Civil 3D and also because the larger firms can not hire enough qualified individuals the larger firms must be able to do more with their existing staffs.
This means they are turning to training to provide a solution. This is a good scenario for everyone involved.