Autodesk Signs Licensing Agreement with Ambercore Software

21 Sep, 2008

Agreement incorporates point-cloud technology into future releases of Autodesk software.

Autodesk announced today it has signed an agreement with Ambercore Software, a provider of enterprise-scale software, to license its point-cloud technology to Autodesk. Point clouds are large data files created through the use of laser scanning, high-definition surveying, or LIDAR (light detection and ranging). They provide a representation of existing conditions, such as a terrain surface, urban center, a roadway or bridge, or the interior or exterior of a building.

"The point-cloud technology from Ambercore Software will allow Autodesk customers to easily incorporate extremely large and highly accurate LIDAR data into the design and infrastructure management process," Lisa Campbell, vice-president of Autodesk Geospatial, said. "The incorporation of this technology into Autodesk's portfolio of Geospatial and building information modeling software means that our customers will be able start with a digital model earlier in the design process or expand the precision and detail of existing infrastructure databases. As a result, they will be able to create more accurate design and mapping information, and use that information to visualize, simulate, and analyze projects before they are built."

Reportedly, the point-cloud technology will enable customers to read, store, index, and retrieve large data sets associated with laser scanning and LIDAR. As a result, they will be able to visualize and analyze data in 3D, as well as build high-precision 3D models.

"Ambercore's point-cloud software has been engineered to efficiently manipulate extremely large spatial data," Martin Sendyk, president and CEO of Ambercore Software, said. "With the increasing proliferation of 3D sensing equipment and resultant point cloud data, the ability to extract intelligence from massive 3D data sets is more important than ever. We are very excited to be solving this challenge with an innovative company like Autodesk."