Thursday, September 18, 2008

Florida Department of Transportation Adds Autodesk's AutoCAD Civil 3D for Road and Highway Design

News Release Issued: September 17, 2008 8:00 AM EDT
Florida Department of Transportation Adds Autodesk's AutoCAD Civil 3DforRoad and Highway Design
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.(NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced that the Florida Department ofTransportation(FDOT) will implement AutoCAD Civil 3D software, part of the Autodeskbuilding information modeling (BIM) product portfolio, to developroadwaydesigns. FDOT's implementation of AutoCAD Civil 3D enables its engineerstoaccess and integrate existing data from across the Department, includingbothdesign and geospatial information, into coordinated 3D transportationmodels.
FDOT requires highly sophisticated roadway design software capable ofintegrating design data from multiple sources. AutoCAD Civil 3D shouldmeetFDOT's expectations in providing additional ways for their consultantsandcustomers to develop and exchange design data.
With AutoCAD Civil 3D, FDOT's design workflow can be supported andfurtherautomated, providing additional interoperability with a variety ofsystems.Also, the software's information modeling for roadway corridors meansdesigners can quickly implement design changes and revisions withautomatedredrafting, and identify geometric conflicts well before they beginconstruction. In addition, 3D models of the design can be provided tocontractors for use with automated machine guidance for gradingprojects,enabling significant savings potential during construction. Automatedmachineguidance has become even more valuable as fuel prices and equipmentoperationcosts continue to increase.
Florida's taxpayers entrust FDOT to maximize their dollar value investedforroadway design and construction. The challenge at FDOT is to createsustainable transportation facility designs more efficiently and at amanagedcost.
AutoCAD Civil 3D provides FDOT with a straightforward migration pathfromlegacy software systems, capitalizing on their previous investment inAutodesk CAiCE software products, and allowing designers to leverageinformation from a broader spectrum of providers.
"From design through construction and into operations, the AutoCAD Civil3Dsoftware helps transportation agencies like FDOT easily create and sharecoordinated digital design information and documentation," said BillGoodson,vice president, Autodesk Government. "Civil 3D will help support FDOT'sefforts to shorten the time to contract letting, reduce errors andomissions,and expedite project delivery."
"This is truly exciting," said Jim Lynch, vice president, marketing forArchitecture, Engineering and Construction Solutions at Autodesk. "TheAutoCAD Civil 3D software, part of the Autodesk building informationmodeling(BIM) product portfolio, allows our customers to create, predict, anddeliverroadway designs more efficiently and with increased accuracy. BIM and 3Dtechnologies are introducing new levels of efficiency and automationintoworkflows."
Autodesk's transportation solutions offer state and local governmentstheability to better design and construct infrastructure projects to meetcommunity needs. Through an integrated workflow built on coordinated,reliable information, Autodesk solutions enable transportationdepartments tocreate and share digital design information and documentation; use thatinformation to accurately visualize, simulate and analyze performanceandcost; and reliably deliver their projects faster and more economically.
About Autodesk Government
Autodesk Government is a dedicated organization within Autodesk that hasserved the needs of federal and state/local government agencies for morethan20 years. Autodesk Government delivers software solutions that integrategeospatial, manufacturing, design and engineering data with othercriticalinformation to reduce the time it takes to make informed decisions. Inrolesthat include emergency response management, physical infrastructuredesignand protection, mission rehearsal, simulation and training, and assettracking, Autodesk Government is a trusted partner to help agenciesensuremission success.
About Autodesk
Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for themanufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainmentmarkets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodeskhasdeveloped the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototypingsolutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are real.Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize,simulateand analyze real-world performance early in the design process to savetimeand money, enhance quality and foster innovation. For additionalinformationabout Autodesk, visit
Autodesk, AutoCAD, Civil 3D and CAiCE are registered trademarks ortrademarksof Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates, in the USAand/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, ortrademarksbelong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alterproduct offerings and specifications at any time without notice, and isnotresponsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear inthisdocument. (c) 2008 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

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