Geospatial Software Products Help Organizations Derive the Full Value of Infrastructure Data across All Stages of Assets' Lifecycle
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ADSK) today unveiled Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2008 and Autodesk
Topobase 2008 software products, two advanced geospatial offerings that
provide organizations with a platform to share location, design and enterprise
information across departments -- delivering the right information to the
right people at the right time. The products help drive innovation,
cost-effectiveness and competitive advantage at every stage of infrastructure
design, construction and management.
Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2008 builds on Autodesk's support for open
source software to help public agencies, utilities and telecommunications
customers extend the reach and value of geospatial information and knowledge
through their organizations and beyond. As a central component of the Autodesk
geospatial solution, Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise software utilizes the
Internet to deliver important, up-to-date asset and infrastructure information
to the people who need it. Additionally, Topobase 2008 -- including a new
customized module for the gas industry -- incorporates the latest Autodesk
MapGuide Enterprise and AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 software capabilities to help
utilities' planning, engineering and operations personnel make better
decisions based on a holistic understanding of their infrastructure assets.
"The open source community plays an essential role in Autodesk's
commitment to providing geospatial solutions that enable the convergence of
data, knowledge and people," said Lisa Campbell, vice president, Autodesk
Geospatial. "Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2008 reflects the open source
community's input on the features most important to organizations, such as
native support for Google Earth, while new Topobase 2008 features apply those
enhancements to the specific requirements of utility companies."
Updates Speed Development of Web-based Geospatial Applications
Valuable contributions from the open source community reflected market
need and fostered many innovations within Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2008.
The software improves enterprise users' ability to integrate design and
spatial data from a variety of sources, develop new geospatial applications
and distribute maps and spatial data faster and more easily through dynamic
Web pages or in the form of detail-rich, highly accurate and compact DWF
files. New and improved functionality makes Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2008
a powerful development solution, while gains in performance, stability and
interoperability deliver a stronger and more dynamic user experience.
Members of the geospatial community such as DM Solutions Group have driven
the development of features important to their customers, which are now
incorporated in Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2008. "Today's news demonstrates
the advantages of collaboration with the open source community," said David
McIlhagga, president of DM Solutions Group. "Everybody wins: open source
developers don't have to clear huge cost or technical hurdles to build the
tools they feel are most important, while our solutions and Autodesk customers
gain relevant, enterprise-class features and functions."
Comprehensive Solution Purpose-Built for Utilities
Autodesk Topobase 2008 software incorporates all of the functionality of
Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2008 and AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 products, as well as
Oracle Spatial database technology, for unparalleled performance, scalability,
reliability and security. Topobase software brings together design, spatial
and enterprise data and bridges the communication gaps that separate people
from the knowledge and insight they need to design, build and service
infrastructure assets more effectively.
"Utilities need a comprehensive understanding of these assets in order to
achieve strategic business objectives, such as improved productivity,
cost-savings and rapid return on investments," said Nigel Nugent, vice
president, CH2M HILL. "Autodesk Topobase serves as a tool that helps utilities
to meet these goals by giving their people the information they need to make
informed, timely decisions."
Topobase 2008 offers additional features that take advantage of the Web
for project workflow management, job creation and editing, and visibility into
existing infrastructure and new projects. With the 2008 updates to the
Topobase Web component, remote users, such as customer service agents,
managers, field operations and external contractors, can securely access asset
information to make better decisions and improve operational effectiveness.
In conjunction with Topobase 2008, Autodesk introduced a new module
developed expressly to address the needs of gas utility operators. The module
includes data models, workflows and business rules that reflect the gas
industry's unique regulatory and local standards. Because the software is
tailored to industry-specific requirements, customers can streamline set-up
and implementation without expensive customization, which may result in a
faster return on investment. Companies may also turn to Autodesk Consulting to
accelerate deployment, integration and implementation of best practices.
Water and wastewater service operators already are measuring the impact of
an industry-specific Topobase module. To keep pace with growth and demand for
services, organizations need to be able to use up-to-date information that is
often trapped in linear business processes. The Topobase solution can serve as
a centralized platform for up-to-date network topology and greater consistency
and efficiency in operations.
Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2008 is now available in English. German,
Japanese, French and Italian versions will be released in the near future.
Autodesk Topobase 2008 will be available in English later this month and in
German, Italian and French shortly thereafter.
Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the
manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets.
Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the
broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art digital prototyping solutions to help
customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies
rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world
performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance
quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk,
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