Profile: Autodesk Inc (ADSK.O)
24 Jul 2014
Autodesk, Inc. (Autodesk), incorporated on October 5, 1994, is a design software and services company, offering customers business solutions through technology products and services. The Company operates in four operating segments: Platform Solutions and Emerging Business (PSEB), Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC), Manufacturing (MFG) and Media and Entertainment (M&E). The Company serves customers in the architecture, engineering and construction; manufacturing, and digital media and entertainment industries. The Company’s software products enable its customers to experience their ideas before they are real by allowing them to imagine, design, and create their ideas and to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world performance early in the design process by creating digital prototypes. Autodesk software products are sold globally, both directly to customers and through a network of resellers and distributors. In January 2014, Autodesk Inc completed the acquisition of technology and the development team of Circuits.io. In February 2014, Autodesk Inc completed the acquisition of Delcam, one of the suppliers of advanced computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software. In June 2014, it acquired Stockholm-based Bitsquid AB.
The Company’s PSEB segment includes its design product, AutoCAD. The Company’s AEC and MFG segments offer tailored versions of AutoCAD software for the industries they serve. Its AutoCAD product also provides a platform for its developer partners to build custom solutions for a range of diverse design-oriented markets. PSEB’s revenue primarily includes revenue from sales of licenses of its design products, AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT, as well as the Autodesk Design Suite and many other design and consumer products. AutoCAD software is a customizable and extensible computer-aided design (CAD) application for professional design, drafting, detailing, and visualization. AutoCAD software provides digital tools that can be used independently and in conjunction with other specific applications in fields ranging from construction to manufacturing, civil engineering and process plant design.
AutoCAD LT software is purpose built for professional drafting and detailing. AutoCAD LT includes document sharing capability without the need for software customization or certain advanced functionality found in its AutoCAD product. Users can share all design data with team members who use our AutoCAD product or other Autodesk products built on AutoCAD.
The Company’s AEC software products help to in the way building, civil infrastructure, process plant and construction projects are designed, built and managed. Its AEC solutions include advanced technology for building information modeling (BIM), AutoCAD-based design and documentation productivity software, sustainable design analysis applications, collaboration and project management solutions. BIM, an integrated process for building and infrastructure design, analysis, documentation and construction, uses consistent, coordinated information to improve communication and collaboration between the extended project team. AEC provides a portfolio of BIM solutions.
Purpose-built for BIM, the Autodesk Revit products collect information about a building project and allow this information to be coordinated across all other representations of the project, so that every drawing sheet, two dimensional (2D) and three dimensional (3D) view and schedule is based on internal information from the same underlying building database. The Autodesk Revit products, including AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite, AutoCAD Revit MEP Suite and AutoCAD Revit Structure Suite, provide a model-based design and documentation system for architects; mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineers; structural engineers; design-build teams, and other design and building industry professionals.
AutoCAD Civil 3D products provide a surveying, design, analysis, and documentation solution for civil engineering, including land development, transportation, and environmental projects. Using a model-centric approach that automatically updates documentation as design changes are made, AutoCAD Civil 3D products enable civil engineers, designers, drafters, and surveyors to significantly boost productivity and deliver designs and construction documentation faster. With AutoCAD Civil 3D products, the entire project team works from the same consistent, up-to-date model so they stay coordinated throughout all project phases.
Designed for architects and built on the AutoCAD platform, AutoCAD Architecture software includes Architecture industry-specific tools to gain efficiency and improve coordination. AutoCAD Map 3D software provides direct access to data needed for infrastructure planning, design and management activities. AutoCAD Map 3D software helps professionals working on transportation, land development, water, and power projects to more easily create, manage and analyze design geographic information system (GIS) and asset data.
MFG segment provides manufacturers in automotive and transportation, industrial machinery, consumer products and building products with comprehensive digital prototyping solutions that bring together design data from all phases of the product development process to develop a single digital model created in Autodesk Inventor software. Autodesk Inventor allows manufacturers to go beyond 3D design to digital prototyping by giving engineers a comprehensive and flexible set of tools for 3D mechanical design, simulation, analysis, tooling, visualization and documentation. With Autodesk Inventor, engineers can integrate AutoCAD drawings and model-based design data into a single digital model, creating a virtual representation of a final product that enables them to validate the form, fit, and function of the product before it is ever built.
AutoCAD Mechanical software is purpose-built to accelerate the mechanical design process. The Autodesk Moldflow family of injection molding simulation software provides tools that help manufacturers optimize the design of plastic parts and injection molds, and study the injection molding process.
The Company’s M&E segment is comprised of two product groups: Animation and Creative Finishing. Animation products are sold as software only and provide tools for digital sculpting, modeling, animation, effects, rendering, and compositing for design visualization, visual effects and games production. Creative Finishing products are primarily sold as turnkey solutions for editing, finishing and visual effects design, and color grading.
Autodesk 3ds Max software provides 3D modeling, animation and rendering solutions that enable game developers, design visualization professionals and visual effects artists to digitally create realistic images, animations and complex scenes and to digitally communicate abstract or complex mechanical, architectural, engineering and construction concepts. Autodesk Maya software provides 3D modeling, animation, effects, rendering and compositing solutions that enable film and video artists, game developers and design visualization professionals to digitally create engaging, lifelike images, realistic animations and simulations, and extraordinary visual effects.
Autodesk Flame software is an interactive real-time design, finishing, grading and visual effects solution for supervised post-production. Autodesk Smoke software is a non-linear and non-compressed online editing, effects and finishing software application and is used in commercials, music videos, corporate video, film as well as broadcast design projects. Autodesk Lustre software is a high-performance color grading solution used by artists for creative look development and final color and lighting effects for both film and television. Autodesk Flare software is a software solution that offers the compositing capabilities of Flame contributing to faster project completion.
Design and Creation Suites
The Company offers design and creation suites that combine multiple products across segments. Its design and creation suites were introduced during the year ended December, 31, 2012, and provide workflows for specific needs in building design, product design, entertainment creation and more. Its design and creation suites include the product classes, including Autodesk Design Suites, Building Design Suites, Entertainment Creation Suites, Factory Design Suites, Infrastructure Design Suites, Plant Design Suites and Product Design Suites.
The Company competes with Adobe Systems Incorporated, ANSYS, Inc., Bentley Systems, Incorporated, Dassault Systemes S.A., Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI), Google Inc., Intergraph Corporation, Nemetschek AG, Parametric Technology Corporation, Siemens Product Lifecycle Software, Inc., Trimble Navigation Limited, Apple Inc., Avid Technology, Inc., SONY Corporation and Thomson.
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