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Autodesk BIM for Infrastructure: Sustainable Cities

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Sustainable infrastructure is needed to replace the $41 trillion worth of infrastructure that needs to be replaced or retrofitted around the world.

According to Paul McRoberts , vice president of the Infrastructure Product Line Group AEC Solutions at Autodesk, there is only about $22 trillion available to remedy this situation. How is this to be accomplished?


Autodesk’s Infrastructure Design Suite 2012, Autodesk’s BIM for Infrastructure solution, combines the tools needed to plan, design, build and manage infrastructure. Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler, a new product, represents the expansion of Autodesk’s BIM portfolio and is geared around the idea of being able to leverage existing information such as GIS data and any kind of disparate data: lidar data, raster and photogrammetry; and being able to layer this information in and to create a representation of existing conditions. Infrastructure Modeler can compare conceptual models that can be used for new proposals to help customers and stakeholders understand what the future infrastructure is going to look like.

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Autodesk’s New Infrastructure Portfolio Additions

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Autodesk announced recently their Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2012 software for conceptual design and AutoCAD Utility Design 2012 software for electric utility design, two new additions to the Autodesk Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Infrastructure portfolio for planning, designing, building, and managing more sustainable infrastructure. These new products complement the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2012, and are designed to help professionals address the failing infrastructure crisis.

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earthmine for AutoCAD Map3D

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

earthmine for AutoCAD Map 3D is an extension to AutoCAD’s model-based mapping software that provides access to CAD and GIS data.


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Autodesk 2012 portfolio moves from products to “suites”

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

In a Webex this week Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Platform Solutions and Emerging Business for Autodesk talked about the 2012 portfolio which will soon be available.

Because customers are successful using multiple products, Autodesk is not offering single products in this release, but rather suites of products for all kinds of design. He called it an “integrated software approach.” A lot of discussion was spent on artists and production facilitators in the entertainment industry, a big customer of Autodesk products.

The suites cost “a few hundred dollars more than an individual software program” but offer more in terms of interoperability and the entire suite will be offered on a USB thumb drive.

Here is a list of the various suites:
Design Suite*
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(inc. AutoCAD, Showcase, Sketchbook Designer, Mudbox, 3ds Max Design and Alias Design)

Building Design Suite*
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(inc. AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP, AutoCAD Structural Detailing, Showcase, SketchBook Designer, Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, Revit MEP, 3ds Max Design, Inventor, Navisworks Manage and Quantity Takeoff)

Infrastructure Design Suite*
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(inc. AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map 3D, Navisworks Simulate, AutoCAD Civil 3D, 3ds Max Design and Navisworks Manage)

Plant Design Suite*
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(inc. AutoCAD, AutoCAD P&ID, AutoCAD Plant 3D, Navisworks Simulate and Navisworks Manage)

Factory Design Suite*
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(inc. AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Mechanical, Autodesk Vault, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk Factory Design Suite Utilities, Inventor, 3ds Max, Navisworks Siimulate and Inventor Professional)

Product Design Suite*
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(inc. AutoCAD Mechanical, Autodesk Sketchbook Designer, Autodesk Vault, Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk Mudbox, Inventor, 3ds Max Design, Inventor Professional and Alias Design)

Entertainment Creation Suite*
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(inc. Autodesk 3ds Max or Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Softimage, Autodesk MotionBuilder and Autodesk Mudbox)

* – Software included varies according to Suite versions; Standard, Premium or Ultimate.

I will be attending the AEC Media Summit in Waltham, Mass. in two weeks and will have a full report on the suites at that time.

Autodesk takes ebayer to court…again

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

One would think that a large software company such as Autodesk would have more to do than to ferret out eBay sellers who are selling their software. But that obviously is not the case:

“The case of Timothy Vernor, the man Autodesk tried to stop selling their software on eBay, has had another day in court.

Vernor is a full-time eBay seller, usually of comic books. But in 2005 he found a copy of AutoCAD design software at a garage sale – software which usually sells for about $4,000.

Shortly after he put the CD on eBay the auction house received a lawyer’s letter from Autodesk alleging infringements of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. eBay pulled the auction but Vernor complained and eBay, and Autodesk, eventually backed down.

But when Vernor chanced upon some more Autodesk CDs, apparently at another garage sale, they again hit him with DMCA notices.”

-Channel Register, Oct. 1, 2009, UK

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2009/10/01/ebay_autodesk_vernor/

Autodesk’s Q1 Fiscal 2010 Results

Monday, June 1st, 2009

On May 21st Autodesk announced their Q1 fiscal 2010 results, reporting revenues of $426 million, a decrease of 29 percent compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2010.

 

This announcement seemed to rock not only the AEC industry where Autodesk is #1, but also the GIS and MCAD industries as well and, in fact, every industry that relies on Autodesk products. The revenues reflect what is happening globally – other technology providers also report significant decreases, but the drop of revenues for a bastion of the industry marks a change that has appeared imminent in recent months.

 

“Our revenue results for the quarter continue to reflect the global economic downturn, which is impacting our business on almost every front,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO in the press release. “We made significant progress in our continued effort to improve our cost structure and ongoing efficiencies, which resulted in lower than expected operating costs for the quarter and greater than expected earnings per share and cash flow.”

 

See press release

Autodesk jumps after results, Reuters, May 22, 2009

Autodesk swings to loss, will cut about 430 jobs Marketwatch, May 21, 2009

 

Back at AU last November, Bass had stated in a press conference the company has $1 billion in assets and no debt, well positioned to weather economic strife. Bass said that Autodesk produces 150 products, most of which generate almost no revenue. Selling them standalone is not a good idea, and the company is looking into bundling some of them. This was a red flag that the company would have to trim the fat — whatever that fat might be.

A scale back was to be expected. Autodesk continues to make acquisitions, but they are also selling some of their assets: for example, the sale of the assets of LocationLogic to TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. ( TCS) for approximately $25 million. In terms of business, according to a recent article, substantially all of the LocationLogic revenue stream is recurring service revenue from hosted infrastructure software and location-based applications.

 

One can only guess that these decisions weren’t made lightly; looking at the numbers, products that are not earning sufficient revenue or which might present significant challenges in integration may be let go or drop by the wayside.

 

Already eager to bring attention to the wavering numbers of the Q1 results, some competing vendors have suggested that Autodesk customers may want to jump ship and move to their less popular products in an I’ll-show-you move. To me, this doesn’t make sense. Most Autodesk shops are heavily invested in Autodesk products, not just one or two seats of AutoCAD but numerous products that are well integrated with the primary bodybuilder, AutoCAD. Customers may be open to trying free software from the less expensive, less well known vendors, but they’ll be hard pressed to get their systems folks to change. Fact is, competing software companies are also feeling the pinch so customers may feel safer sticking with the known quantity.

 

It’s difficult to tell at this point how much this will affect the GIS industry. Autodesk provides some valuable geospatial products that complement their CAD offerings, but it is not the #1 GIS provider.

 

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