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Autodesk Research: Enabling the Future through Software

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Autodesk researchers’ interests range from methods to help users learn powerful digital prototyping tools, to visualization and simulation techniques which enable designers to achieve new levels of performance.

Autodesk researchers’ interests range from methods to help users learn powerful digital prototyping tools, to visualization and simulation techniques which enable designers to achieve new levels of performance.

Autodesk — the company that “gives you the power to make anything” – is working to help solve some of the world’s most complex design problems, from pressing ecological challenges to the development of scalable smart infrastructure. Designers use Autodesk tools to not only create plans for buildings, for example, but also to simulate their impact on the environment and track their performance over time.

“Autodesk makes software for people who make things,” said Mark Davis, Senior Director, Autodesk Research, speaking at a recent Bloomberg panel discussion on Machine Learning, He said the company’s team of software developers and research scientists are “working into the future to figure out what the next set of tools software designers will need to design in this brave new world. Our current focus is on a technology that we call generative design.”

Autodesk is a huge company by any measure, with 170+ million users of consumer applications, 9,500+ employees worldwide, and products that are available in up to 17 languages. In 2016, total subscriptions increased by approximately 345,000 to 2.58 million. Autodesk also provides free access to its software to students, teachers and academic institutions worldwide.

Most customers interface with the Autodesk Account part of the company to license their subscriptions and get updates, but commercially available products are first born, tested and refined in the company’s research, labs and beta arms (Figure 1).

According to Scott Shepard, a Program Manager and blogger for Autodesk Labs, the Autodesk Research team works with universities on cutting edge research. They are free thinkers who can propose any idea that is “so crazy, it just might work.” That leads to innovations that would otherwise be unheard of.

Autodesk Labs was created to handle questions such as “What if we totally redid this?” or “What if we made it do something else instead?” When something is on Labs, it is early enough in the life cycle that questions like this are welcome.

Prior to release, some customers participate in Autodesk beta programs. These are typically done under non-disclosure agreements (NDA). The focus of a beta is to make sure a product is ready to ship.

“Ideally, an idea would start out in Autodesk Research, get a thumbs up from early adopters as part of an Autodesk Labs technology preview, get fully developed by the product development organization, get beta tested, and released as part of Autodesk’s subscription offerings,” Shepard explained in a recent blog.

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Figure 1: Commercially available products are born, tested and refined in Autodesk’s research, labs and beta groups.

To provide an overview of where Autodesk is heading in the next few years, this article looks at the various groups that make up the Autodesk Research part of the company and highlights some of their current projects. Autodesk researchers’ interests range from methods to help users learn powerful digital prototyping tools, to visualization and simulation techniques which enable designers to achieve new levels of performance. The groups, which collaborate openly with researchers at leading universities around the world, are focused on: Bio/Nano, Complex Systems, Computational Science, Design and Social Impact, Machine Intelligence, Simulation and Graphics, Design, Design and Fabrication, User Interfaces, and Research Transfer.

Bio/Nano Research

The aim of the Autodesk bio/nano research group collaborates with researchers to co-envision the paradigms and tools needed to understand and exploit the intersection of design with life & materials sciences. The group also explore and drives the emergent design spaces enabled by bio/nano such as synthetic biology.

“For thirty years, we’ve been creating software to help people create and design all the things around us,” said Florencio Mazzoldi, head of engineering, bio/nano research group. “We’re taking some of that software and some of that knowledge around design and creation and manufacturing and bringing it into the new domains of biology and nanotechnology.”

One of the group’s current projects is a Molecule Viewer, a web-based 3D tool optimized for viewing, exploring, and sharing of large-scale protein datasets from the RCSB Protein Data Bank directly in the web browser (Figure 2).

Figure 2: A 3.6-Angstrom cryoEM structure of human adenovirus type 5, made up of 6 million atoms, shown in the web browser on Autodesk Molecule Viewer.

Figure 2: A 3.6-Angstrom cryoEM structure of human adenovirus type 5, made up of 6 million atoms, shown in the web browser on Autodesk Molecule Viewer.

3D visualization of large and multi-scale biological data, from macro-molecular structures to whole organisms, is integral to building models for biomedical research. Existing standards for desktop, plug-in, and web-based applications for 3D visualization can easily push beyond the limits of advanced processing and rendering.

The Autodesk Research Molecule Viewer and its web-based 3D visualization platform is built to leverage cloud capabilities to overcome limitations of scalability, capability, accessibility, collaboration, and communication for 3D biological datasets.

Beyond the Molecule Viewer application, the group says this effort will serve as a stepping stone to launch investigations extending this 3D visualization framework to other large-scale scientific 3D data, making exploration and design of large 3D data scalable, accessible, and shareable.

The group’s current projects also include bioprinting, a genetic constructor and nanodesign. The bioprinting project has two general objectives: the development and adaptation of biological materials to make them usable in 3D printers, and the use of these and other materials to further research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Genetic Constructor is an extensible, open source, cloud CAD tool to drive biological design and complex DNA construction. Project NanoDesign aims to create the new generation of CAD tools to enable the design and manufacturing of nanoscale structures with the goal to accelerate the adoption of DNA nanotechnology and continue to push boundaries in research and application.

Complex Systems Research

The goal of the complex systems research group is to help designers and researchers gain a deeper understanding of complex systems such as those found in the biological world and the built environment. Specifically, the group develops tools and techniques to model, simulate, and explore human-centric natural and designed systems, with an emphasis on data collection and visualization. The team strives to provide a novel multi-paradigm, multi-scale, and multi-physics platform to support collaboration among experts in a multitude of domains.

In the Human Systems Biology domain, for example, the group partners with experts in organizations, such as the Parametric Human Project, to develop novel multi-scale simulation models. In the domain of the built environment, the group partners with academia and government laboratories in Systems Design for Sustainability.

One of the group’s main projects is Systems Design and Simulation. While traditional programming practices have produced a wide range of relatively independent simulation methods, predictive models of extremely complex natural and artificial systems will require a more scalable, more collaborative approach to modeling. This project strives for software that will help researchers develop, debug, document, share, and integrate simulation code.

Another project is focused on Computational Anatomy and Biomechanics, the goal of which is to understand not only the range of external shapes of individual anatomical objects (e.g., muscles, bones), but also their internal architectures, as well as mapping the connections and spatial relations amongst anatomical elements (Figure 3). The group is working to develop a “visual grammar” to describe the surface and volumetric features of organic objects, for the purpose of creating ontological models of the human anatomy that can be understood by both man and machine.

Figure 3: The computational anatomy and biomechanics project seeks to understand not only the range of external shapes of individual anatomical objects (e.g., muscles, bones), but also their internal architectures.

Figure 3: The computational anatomy and biomechanics project seeks to understand not only the range of external shapes of individual anatomical objects (e.g., muscles, bones), but also their internal architectures.

Multiscale Interaction is another of the group’s projects. Computers and 3D graphics applications are continuously increasing in power, memory, and rendering capabilities, making larger and more complex 3D scenes possible. Domains such as medical visualization, architecture and urban design, geospatial scanning, astrophysics, biochemistry, and abstract data analysis are beginning to consider massive datasets. Many of these datasets contain objects that exist at multiple scales, that is, the objects have meaningful observable properties at scales that are one or more orders of magnitude apart. As the complexity of datasets continues to grow, multiscale approaches to interactions are critical to keeping the user in the loop.

The group also has a Visualization & Visual Analytics project underway to tackle the question, “what makes a visualization effective?” Another project is called Dasher uses a BIM (Building Information Modeling)-based platform to provide building owners with greater insight into real-time building performance throughout the life-cycle of the building. Ramtin Attar, a design research associate with Autodesk, explained the goal: “Today we still face a great disconnect between our design tools and how we design our buildings and how we operate them. We need to move beyond fixed benchmarks and look at measuring sustainability and ‘greenness.’ This is as much about providing better tools to bridge this gap and better sustainability as it is about changing the mindset of how we look at buildings, not as static things but as ecosystems.”

Design Research

The Design research group is focused on discovering new, innovative user experiences for designers. Generally taking the form of interactive prototypes and simulations, the group’s research incorporates aspects of ethnography, cognitive science, human-computer interaction, usability, and other design and user research related domains. The goal is to create and refine innovative cloud and mobile experiences that are easily used by consumers, while still scaling up to the demands of professional design and engineering customers.

Current areas of interest include advances in multitouch and gestural interfaces, leveraging the cloud to facilitate design “optioneering”, and rapid application delivery into mobile environments.

The group’s Project Saturn is focused on cloud-based computing and optimization. Mathematical optimization techniques often require immense computational power to perform in a timely manner.  The advent of large-scale cloud computing infrastructures makes it possible to finally solve large optimization problems. Project Saturn, which is also directed by the Computational Science Research Group, aims to develop such a generic cloud-based optimization framework.

Specifically, the Saturn framework is designed to provide a complete library of single- and multi-objective global optimization algorithms, which can be utilized both on local computing resources as well as on the cloud. Projects can integrate Saturn directly as a multi-language multi-platform optimization library with a dedicated API or through a web-service based API to communicate with the global optimization framework running inside the Autodesk Cloud. Results can be seen through Saturn’s own advanced visualization toolkit, which is available through its web interface.

Project Dreamcatcher, which employs the Saturn framework, is described as the next generation of CAD. It is a generative design system that enables designers to craft a definition of their design problem through goals and constraints. This information is used to synthesize alternative design solutions that meet the objectives. Designers are able to explore tradeoffs between many alternative approaches and select design solutions for manufacture.

The Dreamcatcher system allows designers to input specific design objectives, including functional requirements, material type, manufacturing method, performance criteria, and cost restrictions. Loaded with design requirements, the system then searches a procedurally synthesized design space to evaluate a vast number of generated designs for satisfying the design requirements. The resulting design alternatives are then presented back to the user, along with the performance data of each solution, in the context of the entire design solution space. Designers are able to evaluate the generated solutions in real time, returning at any point to the problem definition to adjust goals and constraints to generate new results that fit the refined definition of success. Once the design space has been explored to satisfaction, the designer is able to output the design to fabrication tools or export the resulting geometry for use in other software tools.

Design and Fabrication Group

The Design and Fabrication group explores new ways to create objects in both the virtual and physical domains. Generally taking the form of prototype interactive systems, the research incorporates aspects of computer graphics, human-computer interaction, interactive systems, and other related domains. The goal is to create novel design interfaces which are immediately accessible to a novice, while still scaling up to the demands of a professional.

One of the group’s current projects is Meshmixer, a prototype design tool based on high-resolution dynamic triangle meshes. Another related project is Mesh Processing where novel approaches to geometry processing are explored.

Machine Intelligence

Our Machine Intelligence team works in an iterative fashion to research and develop new techniques to apply modern machine learning to designing, creating and interpreting the world. Expectations on the complexity of designs are rapidly increasing and with new manufacturing and materials techniques entering the market new methods are required to assist designers in realizing effective designs.

Not only are sensors becoming cheap and ubiquitous, allowing constant monitoring of the world, but design information is also rich in semantic content.  By analyzing and learning from this information, sophisticated models can be built to: accelerate and elevate the design process, explore entirely new design concepts, automatically direct design based on real performance feedback, and assist with the construction or assembly of products. The group works in a number of areas including: Deep learning, reinforcement learning, knowledge modeling and representation, geometric shape analysis, and robotic control and sensing.

Simulation and Graphics

The Simulation and Graphics group has a long history of developing advanced natural phenomena simulation. The team’s research has resulted in a real-time fluids solver, an advanced cloth solver and self-affecting particle system.

Currently, the major focus of the group is on expanding and improving its unified solver for dynamics, called Nucleus. Existing dynamics solvers are designed for specific effects such as rigid bodies or cloth. Handling the interaction between these solvers is often problematic as one of them takes precedence over the others. The team’s approach is to evaluate all constraints together, resulting in more stable results. The basic philosophy behind Nucleus is that complexity arises by combining simple constraints.

User Interface Research

The User Interface Research Group is focused on advancing the field of human-computer interaction research both at the hardware and software levels. The team is exploring new ways to make software easier to learn, friendlier to use, and more efficient. Interests lie in both seeking novel yet immediately applicable solutions to the user interface challenges existing in today’s software applications, and also rethinking the underlying concepts for which today’s user interfaces are designed, by exploring new paradigms which could shape the future generation of application user interfaces.

The group’s work spans multiple areas within the human-computer interaction research field, including interaction design, computer supported collaborative work, information visualization, and 3D user interfaces.

DLT Solutions to Serve as Leading Technology and Services Reseller for NASA

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Company sole awardee of two NASA BPA contracts worth millions; providing streamlined process for procurement and competitive pricing through NASA Shared Services Center

DLT Solutions, a leading value-added reseller in government information technology (IT) software and services, today announced that it was awarded two blanket purchase agreements (BPA) with NASA. The first contract is an $8 million BPA with one base year and three option years to provide Autodesk® software and services. The second contract, providing industry-leading open source software and services from Red Hat, is a one-year BPA with three option years and no ceiling amount.

Both contracts are new, single-award wins for DLT Solutions and are available to all NASA centers, Associated Facilities and NASA funded programs through the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC). In addition, both contracts provide NASA with a more streamlined and cost-efficient process for procuring Autodesk and Red Hat software and services while reducing administration costs and offering price reductions through a tiered discount model.

“DLT Solutions is proud to be the sole awardee for both NASA contracts,” explained Brian Strosser, executive vice president of sales and marketing for DLT Solutions. “They are significant strategic wins that strengthen our relationship with NSSC’s Enterprise License Management Team and reinforce their focus on increasing operational efficiency and improving overall customer service. These awards also demonstrate DLT Solutions’ focus and commitment to support Civilian and other federal IT customers with solutions that help meet their critical needs through simplified contracts.”

DLT Solutions is an Autodesk Master Government Reseller and provides the public sector with Autodesk’s solutions for: Building Information Modeling (BIM), Integrated 2D and 3D Digital Design Mapping/Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Civil Engineering Software, Construction Simulation, and Collaboration Solutions.

As one of Red Hat’s largest government resellers and recent Red Hat Cloud Partner of the Year awardee, DLT Solutions offers Red Hat software and services including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, Red Hat JBoss Middleware, Red Hat Storage, and the recently announced Red Hat Cloud for Government.


About DLT Solutions

For more than twenty years, DLT Solutions has been the IT software and solutions provider of choice for federal, state, local government and education customers. By hand selecting its manufacturer partners including Amazon Web Services, Autodesk, Google, NetApp, Oracle, Dell Software, Red Hat, Solarwinds and Symantec, DLT fulfills its mission to be a value-added reseller of only the best software and hardware products and services, as well as a premier provider of technical support, through its many government contracts. The company specializes in carefully-selected solution areas — Cloud Computing, Data Center Consolidation, Geospatial Data Systems and Computer-Aided Design for transportation, utilities and manufacturing. For more information or to place an order, contact DLT Solutions at 800-262-4358; email sales@dlt.com; or visit www.dlt.com. Also, on LinkedIn and Twitter (@DLTSolutions).

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Subscription model helps Autodesk revenue beat estimates

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Company Grows Deferred Revenue to a Record $1 Billion and Raises Billings, Revenue and Subscriptions Outlook for Fiscal Year 2015

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2015

  • Total billings increased 25 percent, compared to the third quarter last year.
  • Revenue was $618 million, an increase of 11 percent, compared to the third quarter last year as reported, and increased 12 percent on a constant currency basis. Revenue contribution from the recent acquisition of Delcam was approximately $14 million.
  • Total maintenance, desktop (rental), and cloud subscriptions increased by approximately 121,000 from the second quarter of fiscal 2015, including approximately 25,000 subscriptions related to Delcam. This is the first quarter that Delcam subscriptions have been included in the subscription count.
  • GAAP operating margin was 2 percent, compared to 12 percent in the third quarter last year.
  • Non-GAAP operating margin was 13 percent, compared to 22 percent in the third quarter last year. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is provided in the accompanying tables.
  • GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.05, compared to $0.25 in the third quarter last year.
  • Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.25, compared to $0.41 in the third quarter last year.
  • Deferred revenue was a record $1 billion, an increase of 31 percent, compared to the third quarter last year.
  • Cash flow from operating activities was $136 million, an increase of 50 percent, compared to the third quarter last year.

“Strong billings and revenue growth was driven by strength in several areas including suites, our Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) and Manufacturing business segments, large deal activity, and double-digit growth in all three of our major geographies on a constant currency basis,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO. “We continue to make meaningful progress in our transition to a more recurring, subscription-based business, adding approximately 121,000 subscriptions and more flexible enterprise license agreements. As a result, deferred revenue increased significantly to a record $1 billion. These strong results have led us to raise our outlook for billings and revenue for fiscal 2015 for the third time this year.”

Third Quarter Operational Overview

EMEA revenue was $238 million, an increase of 17 percent compared to the third quarter last year as reported, and 15 percent on a constant currency basis. Revenue in the Americas increased 11 percent compared to the third quarter last year to $231 million. Revenue in APAC was $149 million, an increase of 5 percent compared to the third quarter last year as reported, and 10 percent on a constant currency basis. Revenue from emerging economies was $95 million, an increase of 13 percent compared to the third quarter last year both as reported and on a constant currency basis. Revenue from emerging economies represented 15 percent of total revenue in the third quarter.

Revenue from the AEC business segment was $217 million, an increase of 17 percent compared to the third quarter last year. Revenue from the Platform Solutions and Emerging Business (PSEB) segment was $188 million, an increase of 3 percent compared to the third quarter last year. Revenue from the Manufacturing business segment was $170 million, an increase of 20 percent compared to the third quarter last year. Revenue from the Media and Entertainment business (M&E) segment was $43 million, a decrease of 3 percent compared to the third quarter last year.

Revenue from Flagship products was $288 million, an increase of 5 percent compared to the third quarter last year. Revenue from Suites was $225 million, an increase of 13 percent compared to the third quarter last year. Revenue from New and Adjacent products was $105 million, an increase of 29 percent compared to the third quarter last year.

Business Outlook

The following are forward-looking statements based on current expectations and assumptions, and involve risks and uncertainties some of which are set forth below. Autodesk’s business outlook for the fourth quarter and full year fiscal 2015 assumes, among other things, a continuation of the current economic environment and foreign exchange currency rate environment. A reconciliation between the GAAP and non-GAAP estimates for fiscal 2015 is provided below or in the tables following this press release.

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The fourth quarter and full year fiscal 2015 outlook assume a projected annual effective tax rate of 31 percent and 26 percent for GAAP and non-GAAP results, respectively. These rates do not include one-time GAAP discrete items or the federal R&D tax credit that expired on December 31, 2013.

Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

Autodesk will host its third quarter conference call today at 5:00 p.m. ET. The live broadcast can be accessed at http://www.autodesk.com/investors. Supplemental financial information and prepared remarks for the conference call will be posted to the investor relations section of Autodesk’s website simultaneously with this press release.

NOTE: The prepared remarks will not be read on the conference call. The conference call will include only brief remarks followed by questions and answers.

A replay of the broadcast will be available at 7:00 pm ET at http://www.autodesk.com/investors. This replay will be maintained on Autodesk’s website for at least 12 months.


About Autodesk

Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone–from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists–uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. For more information visit autodesk.com or follow @autodesk.

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Sustainability Solutions at AU Las Vegas

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Designers today, more than ever, need to be up-to-date with sustainability trends, techniques, and tools to stay competitive and deliver the best value to their customers. The future of making things—from products, to factories, to buildings and even entire cities—is all about doing more with less.

Simulating performance and making design decisions in response to the results is a crucial skill for today’s professionals in building, infrastructure, and product design. Are your skills up to date?

As Published on the AU Blog – For the latest on AU Las Vegas – visit http://au.typepad.com/

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Autodesk Expands in Construction Market with New BIM 360 Layout iPad App

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Part of the Fast-Growing Autodesk BIM 360 Cloud Service, the App Utilizes the Building Information Model to Fuel Construction Layout Activities on the Job Site

Autodesk today announced the release of the new Autodesk BIM 360 Layout app for iOS. The app uses the BIM 360 cloud service to provide General Contractors and Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) contractors the ability to connect Building Information Modeling (BIM) to the construction layout process.

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Autodesk to go subscription-only within 24 months

Monday, October 20th, 2014

The company announced at its Autodesk Investor Day that it plans to phase out perpetual software licences over the next 12-24 months, leaving maintenance and desktop subscriptions as the only way to buy its products.

During his presentation, Autodesk SVP Andrew Anagnost said that the company intended to target the 2.9 million customers who use versions of its products one to five years old.

“These are not pirates . these are real customers. They just happen to purchase from us perpetual licences on an infrequent basis, because they can,” he said. “This really isn’t good for our ecosystem.”

“We not only believe [subscription] is the right thing for our business, we believe it’s the right thing for our customers,” Anagnost continued. “Not only does this provide the lowest-cost access to the offerings our customers have ever seen, it also provides a superior experience. Because we believe in this so much, over the next 12 to 24 months, we’re going to stop selling perpetual licences.”

The withdrawal of perpetual licences will be phased in by geographical region and by product, with Anagnost identifying AutoCAD LT as the company’s initial focus.

Anagnost noted that Autodesk intends to introduce new subscription packages, such as ‘buy three years, pay annually’, which may reduce the cost for committed users.

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AutoCAD for Mac 2015 and AutoCAD LT for Mac 2015 Now Available

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

New Functionality Helps Mac and Windows Users Work Together More Efficiently

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced the 2015 releases of AutoCAD for Mac and AutoCAD LT for Mac software, two of the leading computer-aided design (CAD) tools for Mac users.

The new software makes it easier than ever for businesses and students to create drawings and designs on the platform of their choice without sacrificing important functionality that is key to everyday design workflows. Users can also share their work with colleagues that are using Windows versions of the software for uninterrupted collaboration.

“The new releases of AutoCAD for Mac and AutoCAD LT for Mac are among the most significant updates in the products’ five-year history,” said Amy Bunszel, vice president of AutoCAD products at Autodesk. “This release has some rich new features but at its core, it is about eliminating dead ends that prevent people from being as effective as they can be when working together on design projects.”

Key new enhancements include:

  • Dynamic Blocks. Mac users gain the ability to create and edit Dynamic Blocks—a capability previously limited to Windows users. This feature enables them to insert one block that can change shape, size, or configuration instead of inserting several static blocks.
  • Layer States. Mac users can also now save their layer settings as Layer States, which store information like color, linetype, and information about whether a layer is turned off, frozen, or locked. Prior to the 2015 releases, Mac users were unable to view any of the layer states information their Windows colleagues had embedded within a drawing.
  • Data Linking. Users who need to link a table to data in a Microsoft Excel file can use the new Data Linking feature, and their table will automatically update as external changes are made. This feature is especially helpful when managing large amounts of information about things like materials or fixtures.
  • Quick Select. The Quick Select tool allows users to quickly select objects based on query criteria, enabling users to easily select exactly what they need in their drawing. The Quick Select tool also includes a “preview” option so that users can see what they’re about to select before they commit to the selection.

“AutoCAD for Mac 2015 is a fantastic release with a surprising number of significant new features,” said Graham Merritt, intern architect at FRANCL Architecture. “We’re very pleased with where this product is going.”

“With the newest release and its added functionality, I can finally leave Windows behind and use AutoCAD LT for Mac as my drafting and design software of choice,” said Kendra Swartz, lead designer, Liederbach and Graham Architects.

Additional details about the software, including pricing and availability, are available here.


About Autodesk

Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone–from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. For more information visit autodesk.com or follow @autodesk.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, AutoCAD, and AutoCAD LT are registered trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.

© 2014 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Autodesk Charts the Future of Building Information Modeling

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

At Autodesk University, Raft of New Technologies Push BIM Capabilities Deeper Into the Building and Infrastructure Lifecycles

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) unveiled several exciting new technologies for Building Information Modeling (BIM) today at its annual user conference, Autodesk University. With today’s announcements and numerous other recent innovations, Autodesk continues to extend BIM value across the full lifecycle of the built environment for Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) professionals in the building and infrastructure industries.

“We are expanding the reach of BIM on multiple fronts — into conceptual design on one end of the spectrum and into construction on the other. Our advancements are empowering professionals to move from designing objects and simply representing their ideas in 2D and 3D to designing in context while optimizing and better predicting the performance of their designs,” said Amar Hanspal, Autodesk senior vice president of Information Modeling and Platform Products. “Autodesk is helping to drive higher levels of productivity into the building design, infrastructure and construction industries both in the office as well as in the field with our expanding desktop, cloud and mobile portfolio.”

Today’s announcements span all facets of the BIM process — from conceptual design all the way through construction — for both buildings and infrastructure:

  • Autodesk Dynamo and Autodesk FormIt Updates– For building designers, Autodesk announced a major update for computational design with the merger of Autodesk Dynamo and Autodesk DesignScript. Dynamo is an open source visual programming environment for BIM. It can be used stand-alone, or allows users to extend the parametric capabilities of Autodesk Revit software products. Autodesk DesignScript is a unique programming language, intended to help designers build and analyze complex geometric models that would be difficult to model with interactive techniques. Now both are coming together in Dynamo to deliver a clear confluence of the best of both worlds: a clean and modern UI that combines DesignScript responsiveness and visual feedback with Dynamo’s tight integration with Revit.

    Also today, Autodesk announced that the BIM-based conceptual design tool, Autodesk FormIt, now includes a web-based application that runs on a choice of browsers for Windows and Mac (currently available in beta at autodeskformit.com). On all platforms – including previously released iPad and Android versions – Autodesk FormIt gives architects and designers easy-to-use tools to create, collaborate and share early-stage design ideas and continue their BIM process by taking models straight into Autodesk Revit. FormIt for iPad has been updated to take advantage of iOS 7 and also includes new energy analysis features that enable users to get simple indications of potential building performance – valuable insight at the beginning of the BIM process that can reduce rework later.

    Looking ahead, Autodesk demonstrated a forthcoming feature in the FormIt family of applications that supports real-time collaboration, enabling future designers to simultaneously access and collaborate on design models using their FormIt application of choice.

    For more on the Dynamo and FormIt updates, please see a related blog post here.

    • Graitec Acquisition – Expanding its capabilities in the structural detailing stages of BIM, Autodesk also today announced the close of its acquisition of Graitec’s Advance Steel and Advance Concrete product lines and associated employees. Building on Autodesk’s current portfolio for structural engineering, the acquired product lines offer modeling, detailing, and fabrication solutions to support BIM-based steel and reinforced concrete workflows.*
    • Autodesk Structural Bridge Design – For bridge designers and engineers, Autodesk recently launched Autodesk Structural Bridge Design. Resulting from the August acquisition of technology assets from UK-based Bestech Systems, the new software is an important addition to the Autodesk BIM for infrastructure portfolio. Autodesk Structural Bridge Design gives engineers greater flexibility and efficiency in their small- to medium-span bridge design processes by integrating loading, analysis and code checking in a single environment. By using this unique approach, more consistent data can be used throughout the bridge design process allowing projects to be more quickly and accurately brought to completion. For more on Autodesk Structural Bridge Design, please see a related blog post here.
    • Azalient Technology Acquisition – Also today Autodesk announced the acquisition of technology assets from UK-based Azalient Ltd. The acquisition helps support the evolution to BIM-based design workflows among traffic engineers and transportation planners working on roads, highways and railway projects. The acquired traffic analysis technology enables designers to simulate how people travel — whether by automobiles, busses or trains — in isolation and in series. It also provides transportation customers with tools to help predict demand for new infrastructure projects, forecast how to handle future demand and predict traffic disruptions caused during construction, with the addition of cost and benefit analysis of alternative infrastructure designs. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.*
    • Topcon Collaboration – Building upon Autodesk’s existing collaboration with Topcon, the two companies are working together to further improve the integration of BIM workflows and field layout to support greater predictability, productivity and profitability. Autodesk is developing a new BIM 360 mobile app for iPad that further simplifies the process of precisely locating BIM coordinates on a construction site. Designed for general contractors and MEP trades, the app controls a robotic total station – as well as the new LN-100 3D positioning system from Topcon announced yesterday — that can accurately position control and layout points on the construction site, and as-built data can be fed back into the design model via BIM 360 for quality assurance.

    These announcements follow numerous other major investments Autodesk has made in recent months to expand BIM for infrastructure and construction. In infrastructure, Autodesk recently launched Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro, Autodesk Roadway Design for InfraWorks 360 Pro and Autodesk Vehicle Tracking (based on the acquisition of technology assets from Savoy Computing).

    In construction, Autodesk BIM 360, cloud-based mobile-accessible tools for pre-construction coordination through field execution, has seen dramatic uptake in the past year. Autodesk adds about 50 new users per day for BIM 360 with approximately 15,000 monthly active users, up 65 percent year-over-year.

    Autodesk has gained numerous construction customers among the global top 100 firms. For example, Gilbane Building Company, a top 25 contractor and top 10 construction management firm in the US1, recently made a major new investment in Autodesk BIM 360 Glue and Autodesk BIM 360 Field web services thanks to the productivity gains the company sees.

    “BIM 360 Glue has really enabled us to improve our on-site workflow, because we can now bring a three-dimensional model into the field with us. And our quality control has gone up threefold, just by being able to walk with a model and seeing how the building is supposed to be built before it’s actually constructed. So we can more effectively identify problems before they actually become problems in the field by being able to see more clearly how it’s supposed to be built, and using that model to enable us to construct it correctly,” said Daniel Raimer, Senior Project Engineer and Quality Manager, Gilbane Building Company.

    Added Hanspal, “The product updates, innovations and acquisitions we’re showing at AU clearly demonstrate that we are keeping our foot on the gas and continuing to invest in and expand our BIM portfolio to meet the evolving needs of the industry. No other provider can come close to delivering the kind of value up and down the BIM spectrum that Autodesk does. We intend to continue extending our advantage in 2014 and beyond.”

    Business Outlook

    *These transactions are expected to have no impact on guidance issued on November 21, 2013.

    Safe Harbor Statement

    This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding: the impact of the acquisition and acquired technologies on Autodesk’s product and services offerings, and Autodesk’s expansion of BIM in the AEC industries. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include the following: Autodesk’s ability to integrate Graitec and Azalient technologies and employees; costs related to the acquisitions; whether certain market segments grow as anticipated; the competitive environment in the software industry and competitive responses to the acquisitions; our success developing new products or modifying existing products and the degree to which these gain market acceptance; general market and business conditions; the timing and degree of expected investments in growth opportunities; pricing pressure; changes in the timing of product releases and retirements; failure of key new applications to achieve anticipated levels of customer acceptance; failure to achieve continued success in technology advancements; and unanticipated impact of accounting for acquisition.

    Further information on potential factors that could affect the financial results of Autodesk are included in the company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2013, and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 31, 2013, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Autodesk does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

    About Autodesk

    Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone—from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. For more information visit autodesk.com or follow @autodesk.

    Autodesk, BIM 360, FormIt, Glue, InfraWorks and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.

    © 2013 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

    1 Source: ENR Top 400 Contractors: http://enr.construction.com/toplists/Top-Contractors/001-100.asp & ENR Top 100 Construction Management/Design Build Firms: http://enr.construction.com/toplists/Top-CM-Risk-Firms/001-100.asp

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Autodesk BIM 360 Glue Helps Streamline Design and Construction Processes

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) is launching a new version of Autodesk BIM 360 Glue, a cloud-based Building Information Modeling (BIM) solution. Autodesk BIM 360 Glue extends the BIM process from design to construction by providing all stakeholders access to project information for model coordination and clash detection via desktop, mobile and web.

“We believe BIM 360 Glue will take our construction services to the next level.”

The introduction of mobile devices into the construction industry is transforming the way that projects are built and managed. With BIM 360 Glue, enhanced cloud-based collaboration and mobile access help ensure that the entire project team can participate in the coordination process, minimizing the coordination cycles and providing teams with tools to view the designs wherever they are located. Extended project design and construction teams can use one-click access to review the latest project models and run clashes in real-time, saving time and money on design and construction projects.

The new release provides a redesigned and optimized user interface as well as support for larger project models, and improved coordination with Autodesk Revit, Autodesk AutoCAD, and Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D. With BIM 360 Glue, users can move more seamlessly between Autodesk Navisworks software products and BIM 360 Glue for more intelligent and connected workflows. Now supporting more than 50 different 3D formats, customers can use BIM 360 Glue for team-based coordination and then bring the coordinated models directly into Navisworks software. From there they can take the project even further with advanced analysis, 4D animated timelines, and model-based quantification. The updated BIM 360 Glue mobile app also provides better anti-aliasing and support for Navisworks models to deliver virtually “anywhere access” to critical project data.

“BIM is transforming the AEC industry; this happened first in architecture and more recently in construction,” said Amar Hanspal, Autodesk senior vice president of information modeling products “Autodesk’s cloud and mobile technologies are untethering BIM from the desktop, allowing extended project teams to more effectively collaborate and coordinate projects with greater speed and power.”

Rodd Merchant, senior vice president of JE Dunn, said, “We believe BIM 360 Glue will take our construction services to the next level.” JE Dunn Construction is a leading provider of construction management services, design-build, and integrated project delivery.

Coordinating models across the extended project team requires significant file management, which can slow down the collaboration process. With BIM 360 Glue, the extended project team has one-click access to the latest models in the cloud at any time, simplifying coordination and allowing contributors to run their own clashes, reducing the coordination cycle and helping save on project duration and cost.

The latest release of BIM 360 Glue and 30-day free trial are available as of May 13th, 2013 and are available globally, sold and supported in English.

About Autodesk

Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone—from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. For more information visit autodesk.com or follow @autodesk.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, BIM 360 Glue, Revit, AutoCAD, Navisworks and Civil 3D are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document. © 2013 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

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Autodesk 2014 Design and Creation Suites Give Flexibility to Innovate More

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

The new Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) Design and Creation Suites offer unprecedented access to the Autodesk 2014 software portfolio spanning the desktop and cloud and allow building, product, plant, and factory design; engineering, construction and infrastructure; and entertainment creation professionals to innovate more. For the first time, the 2014 Design and Creation Suites include new reality capture software and services that more easily incorporate both laser scans and digital photographs of the physical world into the 3D design and engineering process.

“With our 2014 portfolio, organizations large and small across every industry can simply innovate more”

The flexible, economical software access provided by Autodesk Suites means designers and engineers have a broader palette of tools to choose from — they can choose the best tool for the job at hand and better respond to changing business requirements. Suites customers on Autodesk Subscription will also have access to select Autodesk 360 cloud services that extend designers and engineers’ workflows to explore more design alternatives, collaborate more effectively and experience greater mobility. Subscription customers now can purchase additional cloud capacity as well.

“With our 2014 portfolio, organizations large and small across every industry can simply innovate more,” said Andrew Anagnost, senior vice president of Industry Strategy and Marketing at Autodesk. “Autodesk’s commitment to making our 3D design, engineering and entertainment software portfolio accessible to customers through suites workflows that connect to value added services in the cloud is unwavering.”

The 2014 family of Autodesk Design and Creation Suites includes:

Comprehensive Industry Workflows Include Reality Capture

A key addition to the 2014 portfolio of suites is Autodesk ReCap, a family of new reality capture software and cloud services that simplify the process of creating intelligent 3D data of physical objects and environments using laser scans and photos, allowing customers to bring the actual job site or physical objects into their design and engineering process.

Rather than beginning with a blank screen, designers and engineers can add, modify, validate and document their design process in context. For example, a civil engineer can bypass an existing bridge or expand the road underneath digitally and test feasibility with accurate survey data. At construction phase, builders can run digital clash detection to truly understand if existing utilities will be in the way. Urban planners can get answers to specific design questions about large areas, such as how much building roof surface is covered by shadow or vegetation.

The 2014 suites’ industry specific workflows address specific user needs and strengthen compatibility between products. For example, suites containing Autodesk Revit products and Autodesk AutoCAD software enjoy tighter interoperability so when it is time to import forms from AutoCAD into Revit products, the forms retain much greater integrity, or when it is time to output drawings in AutoCAD, users can generate 2D documentation within Revit products. Suites containing Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Inventor software will benefit from tighter interoperability that allows customers, such as building product manufacturers, to simplify and export an Inventor model into a Revit file format for the construction environment without exposing any sensitive intellectual property.

Better Together: Desktop and Cloud

Autodesk 360 extends the suites workflow advantage by connecting the desktop to secure and virtually infinite computing power in the cloud, helping subscribers rapidly design, visualize, simulate, and share their ideas anywhere, anytime.

Illustrating the power of a combining the cloud and desktop, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2014 and Autodesk Building Design Suite 2014 introduce Autodesk InfraWorks software and Autodesk InfraWorks 360 cloud services. These new tools help accelerate the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and cloud-based workflows for the planning, design, construction and management of civil infrastructure projects. Helping improve the civil infrastructure design process by engineering in 3D from the start, the software and services allow collaboration with a broad set of stakeholders on mobile and desktop platforms, and enables communication in new and visually compelling ways. Autodesk InfraWorks allows civil engineers and planners to design within the context of the real-world environment, helping to deliver projects, both large and small, by more efficiently managing even large-scale infrastructure models.

Economical Access

Finally, each suite offers an economical way for customers to access their primary design software—plus the complementary software and cloud services needed to more effectively complete design, engineering, or entertainment creation tasks. The 2014 Suites, which come in Standard, Premium or Ultimate editions, offer greater value than ever before:

  • Standard editions of all suites containing AutoCAD have added AutoCAD Raster Design software.
  • Autodesk Building Design Suite subscribers gain access to Autodesk Green Building Studio and energy analysis cloud services in the standard edition, as well as InfraWorks 2014 and the Optimization for Inventor cloud service in the Ultimate edition.
  • Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite customers will benefit from new workflows like the ability to easily generate moving or idle crowds with populate, improved viewport display and shading, and the ability to create production-quality meshes with the new retopologizing options.
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite includes more than 300 new factory assets.
  • Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Premium now includes Autodesk InfraWorks 2014, Autodesk Roads and Highways Module for InfraWorks, Autodesk AutoCAD Utility Design software and for the first time, a single, comprehensive version of Autodesk Revit products that combines tools for architectural design, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering and structural engineering.
  • Autodesk Plant Design Suite Ultimate adds Autodesk Inventor with Routed Systems, and the Plant Design Suite Premium edition now includes Autodesk 3ds Max Design software.
  • Autodesk Product Design Suite Premium now includes Autodesk Inventor Professional, and Autodesk Navisworks Manage has been added to the Product Design Suite Ultimate edition for clash detection. Both Product Design Suite Ultimate and Premium customers on Autodesk Subscription now have access to the Optimization for Inventor cloud service.

Availability

Availability varies by country. Suites customers on Subscription have access to select Autodesk 360 capabilities, and subscribers can purchase 100 additional cloud credits for only $100. See details and purchasing options at http://www.autodesk.com/purchaseoptions.

About Autodesk

Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone—from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. For more information visit autodesk.com or follow @autodesk.

Autodesk, AutoCAD, Inventor, Maya, Navisworks, Revit and 3ds Max are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Autodesk is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.

© 2013 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

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