Profile: Autodesk Inc (ADSK.O)
23 Jan 2015
Autodesk Inc. (Autodesk), incorporated on May 10, 1994, is a design software and services company, offering customers productive business solutions through technology products and services. The Company serves customers in the architecture, engineering and construction; manufacturing, and digital media, consumer and entertainment industries. The Company operates in four segments: Platform Solutions and Emerging Business (PSEB), Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC), Manufacturing (MFG) and Media and Entertainment (M&E). 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. In addition to software products, the PSEB, AEC and MFG segments offer a range of services, including consulting, support and training. The M&E segment offers software products to creative professionals, post-production facilities and broadcasters for a variety of applications, including feature films, television programs, commercials, music and corporate videos, interactive game production, Web design and interactive Web streaming. The Company’s animation products produced by M&E segment are used by customers of products from other segments for the visualization of their designs. Autodesk design suites are a combination of products that target a specific user objective (product design and building design) and support a set of workflows for that objective. The Company’s design and creation suites include: AutoCAD Design Suite, Autodesk Building Design Suite, Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite, Autodesk Factory Design Suite, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite, Autodesk Plant Design Suite, and Autodesk Product Design Suite.
PSEB segment includes design product, AutoCAD. The Company’s AutoCAD product is a platform product that underpins its design product offerings for all the industries the Company serves. AutoCAD product also provides a platform for developer partners to build custom solutions for a range of diverse design-oriented markets. 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 built for professional drafting and detailing. AutoCAD LT includes document sharing capability without the need for software customization or certain advanced functionality found in AutoCAD product. Users can share all design data with team members who use AutoCAD product or other Autodesk products built on AutoCAD.
AEC software products help to improve the way building, civil infrastructure, process plant and construction projects are designed, built and managed. A broad portfolio of solutions enables greater efficiency, accuracy and sustainability across the entire project lifecycle. The Company’s 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. Autodesk Building Design Suites (BDS) give the power of BIM or CAD, with tools for modeling, visualization and documentation. 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 an intuitive, sophisticated, 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. Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suites are the BIM for Infrastructure design solution. AutoCAD Civil 3D products provide a surveying, design, analysis, and documentation solution for civil engineering, including land development, transportation, and environmental projects. 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 create, manage and analyze design geographic information system and asset data.
MFG segment provides manufacturers in automotive and transportation, industrial machinery, consumer products and building products with digital prototyping solutions that bring together product data from all phases of the product development through production process to develop a single digital model created in Autodesk Inventor software. Autodesk Product Design Suites (PDS) is a solution for digital prototyping, delivering 3D design, visualization and simulation tools to complete the entire engineering process. 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. AutoCAD Mechanical software offers users productivity gains and includes all the functionality of AutoCAD software, in addition to libraries of standards-based parts and tools for automating common design tasks. 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.
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. Product offerings in M&E segment’s Animation group include Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max. 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, extraordinary visual effects, and full length animated feature films. 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. Product offerings in M&E segment’s Creative Finishing group include Autodesk Flame, Autodesk Smoke, and Autodesk Lustre. 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.
The Company competes with Adobe Systems Incorporated, ANSYS, Inc., AVEVA Group plc, Bentley Systems, Incorporated, Dassault Systemes S.A. and its subsidiary Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp. and Environmental Systems.
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