Autodesk, Pitney Bowes Software Partner to Support Infrastructure Professionals19 Jan, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff
Under the new strategic relationship, the pair will provide solutions combining GIS, analytics, BIM, and asset management.
Last week, Autodesk and Pitney Bowes Software — a subsidiary of Pitney Bowes Inc. that provides customer data, location intelligence, analytics, and communication software and services — entered into a strategic alliance agreement. The new agreement is intended to serve as a framework for both companies to provide resources, services, and solutions to help infrastructure owners and AEC organizations make better-informed decisions across the lifecycle of infrastructure. The relationship will enable the parties to provide infrastructure professionals in transportation, government, utilities, and other industries with coordinated solutions to help fully realize the value of project information, from planning and asset management to design, operations, and management.
"We see tremendous synergies between the offerings of Autodesk and Pitney Bowes Software," said Paul McRoberts, vice-president, infrastructure product line group, Architecture, Engineering and Construction Solutions, Autodesk. "Users of our BIM [building information modeling] for Infrastructure Solutions, including the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite, can gain tremendous benefits from the deep insights that the MapInfo product family can provide, particularly during the planning and asset management phases of infrastructure projects. With our combined deep industry expertise and solutions for GIS, analytics, BIM, and asset management, we will be well positioned to offer a much more comprehensive end-to-end solution to the market than other providers."
"AEC experts will be able to take advantage of unique solutions which will shorten the modeling and construction phases within projects and will help organizations to determine optimum location and environmental impact of design scenarios and optimize asset maintenance management so that infrastructure monies can be maximized across the entire asset lifecycle," said James Buckley, senior vice-president and general manager, Customer Data & Location Intelligence, Pitney Bowes Software.
"A tremendous amount of valuable data is locked up in traditional GIS systems. Unlocking that value has the potential for delivering increased operational efficiencies for infrastructure projects," said Jeff Vining, research vice-president at Gartner. "This is particularly important for agencies and local government departments around the world looking to implement smart government initiatives. Combining the power of location intelligence with BIM modeling will help agencies and local governments improve decision making across the plan, design, build, manage lifecycle."
This strategic alliance agreement also provides both organizations with an opportunity to develop specific, industry-related solutions in the future using the industry knowledge, products, and services of both companies.