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California Department of Transportation Selects Autodesk for Road and Highway Design Projects
One of the Nation's Largest State Departments of Transportation Transitions to AutoCAD Civil 3D Software for Transportation Projects Statewide

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Jun 29, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a world leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, today announced that the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), one of the largest Departments of Transportation (DOT) in the United States, has selected AutoCAD Civil 3D for road and highway design projects statewide. The contract is over a five year period and includes access to Autodesk's AutoCAD Civil 3D software, training and services. Civil 3D is part of Autodesk's broad portfolio of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Infrastructure solutions, which includes software for planning, designing, building, and managing infrastructure.

California has almost 400,000 lane miles of road and Caltrans manages more than 50,000 of these miles. Developing and repairing this infrastructure strategically, economically, and sustainably requires innovative road design software. Caltrans plans to use AutoCAD Civil 3D software to produce timely and quality plans, specifications and estimates for transportation improvement projects statewide. Caltrans' decision to move to Civil 3D adds them to a growing list of major transportation agencies--including Wisconsin DOT, Florida DOT, Mass Highway, and Alaska DOT--who have made the move to Autodesk BIM for Infrastructure solutions.

"We continue to see considerable momentum in the demand for our BIM for Infrastructure solutions," said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president, AEC solutions, at Autodesk. "Agencies like Caltrans are recognizing the benefits of our BIM portfolio, including Civil 3D, for substantially reducing project costs and delivering better transportation solutions to the public. Caltrans' decision underscores our commitment to listening to the needs of our infrastructure customers and delivering world class solutions that address them, whether it's for transportation, water, energy, or land and urban development projects."

Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), a global leader in planning, design and management for infrastructure, has been using AutoCAD Civil 3D extensively on highway design projects across the state of California. "I am excited that Caltrans has decided to standardize on Autodesk's Civil 3D. The model-based workflows that Civil 3D supports have resulted in efficiency gains for our highway engineering and management teams, giving us a competitive advantage," said Brady Nadell, P.E. at Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Autodesk offers a broad portfolio of solutions--including its new Infrastructure Design Suite Premium, which includes AutoCAD Civil 3D--to help consultants and owners plan, design, build, and manage more sustainable infrastructure.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries -- including the last 16 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects -- use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software for global markets. For additional information about Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com.

Autodesk, AutoCAD, and Civil 3D are 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. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document.

© 2011 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

SOURCE: Autodesk, Inc.

Autodesk, Inc.
Brett Smith, 415-547-2405
brett.smith@autodesk.com