Autodesk and Halcrow enter 'groundbreaking' license agreement

Autodesk and the Halcrow Group have signed a new licensing agreement which the two companies describe as 'ground-breaking'. Halcrow believes this new enterprise agreement will help it better serve its global clients, addressing the growing need for closer collaboration among professionals across the world and the changing face of CAD, in particular the increasing use of building information modelling (BIM).

Under the new Global Network User Licence contract, Halcrow - which specialises in the provision of planning, design and management services for infrastructure development worldwide - has invested in centrally-managed, “flexible” licences enabling users to choose the solution best suited to their project from a comprehensive portfolio of Autodesk software, wherever they are in the world and in any time zone. Consultancy and training are part of the licence agreement to ensure best practices and optimisation of the investment.

Working closely with Autodesk Major Accounts and reseller partner Excitech, Halcrow has chosen this new licensing model as part of a refreshed, corporate ten-year strategy for growth, developed to ensure it is able to support client needs even more effectively on a global scale.

The UK-headquartered group, with around 8,000 staff worldwide, is currently working on programmes in over 70 countries - including such high-profile projects as the Yas Island development (due to host the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November 2009) and the new Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque, Busan Geoje tunnel and bridge crossing in South Korea, the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Park in Chengdu China, Dames Point container terminal in Jacksonville and in the UK, major upgrades to the Thames Barrier

“Our plans demand the harnessing of the best technology available on behalf of our clients,” says Halcrow CIO, Chris Farmer. “This new model ensures that all staff, irrespective of their geographic location, have access to the latest design technologies – enabling Halcrow to continue to deliver innovative and world class solutions in our chosen market sectors.”

“It will also enable improved cost planning and management, the elimination of localised, fragmented decision-making and the saving of significant administrative effort involved to ensure licence compliancy.”

“With the latest upsurge of client interest in BIM and collaborative working technologies, the need to equip our staff with the right tools, in the right place to meet future demands are of the highest priority,” adds Doug Bevan, Halcrow director of engineering. “The added value of this agreement is that consultancy and training is included, enabling us to become best-in-class in the areas we operate. To complement this, we have also initiated our own CAD accreditation appraisal scheme to ensure that our staff have the required competencies to ensure quality deliverables.”

Mark Paraskeva, VP of EMEA, Autodesk, says he believes that Halcrow is a pioneer in what could become a paradigm shift in licensing agreements. “The combination of this highly flexible arrangement with consultancy and training from Autodesk results in a streamlined, more productive way of working. Halcrow is a true example of a global organisation using innovation to compete and win in a challenging market – not only in providing its clients with innovative design solutions but also in its approach to doing business.

“Halcrow is taking a significant step by putting in place a template for a more sustainable business model.”

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