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The latest versions of Autodesk's geospatial software solutions was announced at World Press Days. The software solutions provide users with a powerful,affordable and flexible geospatial platform. Enhancements in AutoCAD Map 3D
2009, Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2009 and AutoCAD Raster Design 2009 software applications build on the solutions' fundamental properties of open
data access and interoperability with other design, GIS and IT systems.
"Global infrastructure is falling farther behind the needs of emerging and developed nations, and the organizations and agencies that must address the issue are grappling with a shortage of experienced workers," said Lisa Campbell, vice president, Autodesk Geospatial. "Autodesk geospatial solutions combine design and geospatial information without requiring difficult customization, so that users can make fast, insightful decisions and improve engineering standards -- and ultimately, accelerate project completion."
Autodesk is expanding on two key principles that address customers' needs: an open, flexible and interoperable geospatial platform, and tools that are easy to learn and use. The latest enhancements build on an open architecture that preserves data integrity and helps ensure that vital design and spatial asset information moves in and out of systems easily. The software applications and their open application programming interfaces serve as the basis for solutions purpose-built for utility companies by Autodesk and third-party software developers.
Geospatial Platform Is Even Easier to Use
Autodesk is taking steps to help customers make the most of their hardware and software investments. AutoCAD Map 3D 2009 software reflects that effort: The software has been validated with Citrix Presentation Server software through the Citrix Ready program, offering customers more deployment options.
Customers can take advantage of AutoCAD Map 3D software and the Citrix application delivery environment's support for consolidated delivery and single-point management, in pursuit of efficient, cost-effective design and spatial data solutions.
Other significant new functionality in AutoCAD Map 3D 2009 enhances the user environment and builds on Feature Data Object or FDO technology, a central component of the Autodesk geospatial platform that allows customers to work with the data format they prefer and helps ensure consistent access to data regardless of source or location.
Tools Extend Value of Scanned Data
AutoCAD Raster Design 2009 software plays a part in more efficient spatially enabled design, as well. The application extends the power of AutoCAD
software and AutoCAD-based applications to make the most of scanned drawings, maps, aerial photos, satellite imagery and digital elevation models. AutoCAD Raster Design 2009 works with Autodesk geospatial solutions and other AutoCAD 2009 software-based applications, and includes a new ribbon-style interface for quicker, visual access to commands that helps improve user productivity.
Web Mapping Platform Features Innovation from Open Source Community
Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise software provides a powerful mapping platform for delivering geospatial information quickly, easily and cost-effectivel via the Web. Based on MapGuide Open Source, Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise couples the innovation of a broad community of developers with quality assurance and support characteristic of a proprietary application.
The latest release incorporates Flexible Web Layouts, based on the recent contribution of Fusion technology to the MapGuide Open Source community by DM Solutions Group. Flexible Web Layout technology helps speed development of Web mapping applications created with Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2009 and with MapGuide Open Source 2.0 (recently released at http://www.osgeo.org/mapguide). With Flexible Web Layouts, Web designers and software developers do not need specific geospatial application development expertise to create Web mapping applications.
Support for Efficient, Cost-Effective Engineering Services
"We are a long-time user of Autodesk geospatial software, and Autodesk solutions help us improve our business processes by leveraging engineering design information to better manage our assets," said Greg Braswell, water/wastewater information manager of the San Francisco Department of Public Works. "Autodesk products allow us to integrate our asset management and GIS with our engineering, design and construction teams; improve our workflow and data accuracy while saving money; and get the right information to the right people at the right time."