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May 4, 2009

Autodesk forms alliance with CADdetails.com

To increase BIM-ready content in Autodesk Seek web service

By CBR Staff Writer

Autodesk, a provider of 2D and 3D design and engineering software, has formed an alliance with CADdetails.com, a developer of manufacturer-specific design and construction details and online building product information, to increase BIM-ready content in Autodesk Seek.

Through the agreement, CADdetails product information for more than 400 building product manufacturers will now be available through the Autodesk Seek web service. Designers can use this service to search and select building product design information directly from Autodesk design applications, including AutoCAD software and the Autodesk Revit platform for building information modeling (BIM).

Autodesk Seek customers will now have access to the powerful CADdetails configuration and selection engine, which expands access to configurable building products and helps designers define BIM-ready objects based on their design constraints and specific requirements, said Autodesk.

According to Autodesk, the CADdetails configuration engine will be available as a service to manufacturers who want to participate in the Autodesk Seek service, allowing them to efficiently create and maintain BIM-ready information for highly configurable or variable product lines. This service can help reduce the cost of developing and maintaining 3D models while expanding the number of configurable products available in the Autodesk Seek web service.

Jim Ballantyne, president of CADdetails, said: This alliance with Autodesk will benefit our customers by further increasing their exposure in the marketplace, and providing direct access to their content from within Autodesk design applications. Autodesk’s leadership is exemplary, and we are very pleased to work with them in their ongoing efforts to improve productivity for the AEC industry.

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