Florida DOT Adds Autodesk's AutoCAD Civil 3D for Road and Highway Design

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Neeraj Dixit

Sep 22, 2008, 11:29:29 PM9/22/08
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SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
(NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced that the Florida Department of
Transportation (FDOT) will implement AutoCAD Civil 3D software, part
of the Autodesk building information modeling (BIM) product portfolio,
to develop roadway designs. FDOT's implementation of AutoCAD Civil 3D
enables its engineers to access and integrate existing data from
across the Department, including both design and geospatial
information, into coordinated 3D transportation models.

FDOT requires highly sophisticated roadway design software capable of
integrating design data from multiple sources. AutoCAD Civil 3D should
meet FDOT's expectations in providing additional ways for their
consultants and customers to develop and exchange design data.

With AutoCAD Civil 3D, FDOT's design workflow can be supported and
further automated, providing additional interoperability with a
variety of systems. Also, the software's information modeling for
roadway corridors means designers can quickly implement design changes
and revisions with automated redrafting, and identify geometric
conflicts well before they begin construction. In addition, 3D models
of the design can be provided to contractors for use with automated
machine guidance for grading projects, enabling significant savings
potential during construction. Automated machine guidance has become
even more valuable as fuel prices and equipment operation costs
continue to increase.

Florida's taxpayers entrust FDOT to maximize their dollar value
invested for roadway design and construction. The challenge at FDOT is
to create sustainable transportation facility designs more efficiently
and at a managed cost.

AutoCAD Civil 3D provides FDOT with a straightforward migration path
from legacy software systems, capitalizing on their previous
investment in Autodesk CAiCE software products, and allowing designers
to leverage information from a broader spectrum of providers.

"From design through construction and into operations, the AutoCAD
Civil 3D software helps transportation agencies like FDOT easily
create and share coordinated digital design information and
documentation," said Bill Goodson, vice president, Autodesk
Government. "Civil 3D will help support FDOT's efforts to shorten the
time to contract letting, reduce errors and omissions, and expedite
project delivery."

"This is truly exciting," said Jim Lynch, vice president, marketing
for Architecture, Engineering and Construction Solutions at Autodesk.
"The AutoCAD Civil 3D software, part of the Autodesk building
information modeling (BIM) product portfolio, allows our customers to
create, predict, and deliver roadway designs more efficiently and with
increased accuracy. BIM and 3D technologies are introducing new levels
of efficiency and automation into workflows."

Autodesk's transportation solutions offer state and local governments
the ability to better design and construct infrastructure projects to
meet community needs. Through an integrated workflow built on
coordinated, reliable information, Autodesk solutions enable
transportation departments to create and share digital design
information and documentation; use that information to accurately
visualize, simulate and analyze performance and cost; and reliably
deliver their projects faster and more economically.
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