Autodesk Ships Civil Engineering Solutions to Streamline Engineering Processes, Increase Productivity, and Extend the Value of Design Information

Complete Solution Meets the Needs of the Entire Project Lifecycle

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., April 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc. , the world's leading design software and digital content company, today announced the availability of the next versions of its civil engineering and construction software, including Autodesk(R) Land Desktop 2005, Autodesk(R) Civil Design 2005, Autodesk(R) Survey 2005, and Autodesk(R) Raster Design 2005 software. These products together with integrated data management and services help customers save time and money through improved efficiency and by ensuring that data retains accuracy at all stages of the project lifecycle-from conceptual design through ongoing maintenance of completed projects, allowing users to create, manage and share valuable design data.

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"Our civil engineering solutions provide users with something no other company can provide," said Chris Bradshaw, vice president of Autodesk's Infrastructure Solutions Division. "They offer technology and services backed by more than 20 years of expertise, and provide the only complete solution with integrated data management and collaboration. From project planning through surveying, design, construction, management, and client care, our products help make the creation and exchange of critical design information faster and easier, ultimately making our customers more efficient."

Unlike competitors, Autodesk civil engineering solutions provide tools for every task of the project lifecycle, allowing users to choose the tools that best fit their needs, whether they need to survey land, create new plans, capture and integrate design and spatial data, design new facilities, distribute plans and designs or manage existing infrastructure. The technologies work together and help users develop ideas, capture critical data, combine old data and data in other formats, and complete design and construction work faster and more profitably with few integration issues.

  One Complete Set of Software Tools, From Project Start to Finish

  For data capture, analysis and design:
  -- Autodesk Land Desktop 2005 offers planners, engineers, and surveyors
     powerful land-planning features such as coordinate geometry (COGO) and
     map creation, terrain modeling, alignments, and parcels. Built on the
     foundation of AutoCAD(R) 2005 and components of Autodesk Map(R) 3D 2005
     software, it provides an easy-to-use interface and centralized data
     management to create an environment that promotes collaborative design
     and analysis. New enhancements include:
     -- Improved documentation, coordination, and publication of sheet sets
     -- Detail Component Manager to facilitate the creation and management
        of details in construction documentation to help decrease the cost
        of creating construction documents
     -- Legal descriptions and radial stakeout reports to create
        descriptions and reports quickly and easily from project data
        exported to the LandXML file format
     -- Autodesk(R) Civil 3D(TM) data interoperability to enable the
        migrations of data between applications, simplifying collaboration
        between project team members
     -- Integrated Carlson Connect(TM), a new survey equipment communication
        software application, to provide support for additional survey
        equipment vendors and utilities
  -- Autodesk Civil Design 2005 expands the power of Autodesk Land Desktop
     2005 to streamline engineering tasks and to help design drainage
     systems, refine grading scenarios, and design roads quickly and easily.
     New enhancements include:
     -- Improved production drafting, pre-design/planning capabilities, and
        additional reporting capabilities
  -- Autodesk Survey 2005 extends the functionality of Autodesk Land Desktop
     2005, offering an efficient, cost-effective way to get survey data to
     and from the field. The software interfaces with industry-standard data
     collectors, survey instruments, and GPS receivers, allowing line work
     and field coding for automatic mapping capabilities. New enhancements
     include:
     -- Intuitive Survey Toolspace, a new interface for managing and editing
        survey control point data, to survey setup data, survey observation
        data, and survey figure data
     -- New Legal description and radial stakeout reporting feature in
        LandXML to streamline your work flow
     -- Capabilities of Autodesk Land Desktop 2005, such as new reporting,
        details and AutoCAD 2005 sheet production, to save time and money
  -- Autodesk Raster Design 2005 extends the value of information-rich
     images by working within AutoCAD-platform-based applications to quickly
     convert raster images into vector objects to save drawing time, and
     help analyze and extract data for more creative presentations and
     better decision making. New enhancements include:
     -- Improved image manipulation and editing due to a restructured image
        structure interface, support for multispectral imagery, and support
        for Digital Elevation Model (DEM) format data
     -- Better image display that treats raster images as more than just
        imagery, allowing users to represent, analyze, and visualize raster
        data in new ways through color mapping and providing additional
        support for raster data formats

  For data management and collaboration:
  -- Autodesk MapGuide(R) 6.5 software further extends the value of digital
     design data by allowing users to distribute information to a wider
     audience, integrate multiple CAD and GIS data sources or servers, and
     use development tools to build custom applications. With improved
     support for Autodesk Map 3D, AutoCAD(R) DWG files, new support for
     DWF(TM) (Design Web Format(TM)) data, an improved Java(R) viewer, and
     the ability to make the most of advanced Oracle 10g features, Autodesk
     MapGuide is a faster, easier, more flexible way to query, analyze, and
     distribute business-critical information.
  -- Autodesk(R) Buzzsaw(R) collaboration and project management service
     keeps the entire project team connected by providing a secure, central
     online location for all project data.

The civil engineering solutions are backed by Autodesk Consulting, including integrated consulting and training, to help customers worldwide maximize the value of their investment in Autodesk technology. A more detailed look at individual features can be found at http://www.autodesk.com/.

"The Autodesk land development solutions meet the highly specialized software needs of engineers, planners, and surveyors while letting us safely and easily share enormous data sets with our teams," said Tim Burley, P.E., partner of Burley-Guminiak and Associates, PLLC, in New York. "These tools help us gain a competitive advantage by facilitating collaboration and driving down costs."

Availability and Purchasing

Autodesk Land Desktop 2005, Civil Design 2005, Survey 2005, Raster Design 2005, and Autodesk MapGuide 6.5 are available today worldwide in International English. The software can be purchased through Autodesk Authorized Resellers ( http://www.autodesk.com/reseller.) The easiest way for customers to keep Autodesk design tools up-to-date is through the Autodesk(R) Subscription Program. For more information about Autodesk Subscription, visit http://www.autodesk.com/subscription.

About Autodesk

Autodesk is the world's leading design software and digital content company, offering customers progressive business solutions through powerful technology products and services. Autodesk helps customers in the building, manufacturing, infrastructure, digital media, and wireless data services fields increase the value of their digital design data and improve efficiencies across their entire project lifecycle management processes. For more information about the company, see http://www.autodesk.com/.

NOTE: Autodesk, Autodesk Map, AutoCAD, Autodesk MapGuide, Buzzsaw, Civil 3D, Design Web Format, and DWF are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

CONTACT: Dawn Van Osdell of Autodesk, Inc., +1-415-505-8930, or Email Contact.

CONTACT: Dawn Van Osdell of Autodesk, Inc., +1-415-505-8930, or

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