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Autodesk Charts the Future of Building Information Modeling

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

LAS VEGAS — (BUSINESS WIRE) — December 4, 2013Autodesk, 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.

Autodesk FormIt for iPad now includes features that enable simple indications of potential building  ...

Autodesk FormIt for iPad now includes features that enable simple indications of potential building energy performance costs. (Photo: Business Wire)

“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:

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.

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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.

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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