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Autodesk, WSP Group sign ‘milestone’ software agreement

FARNBOROUGH, UK — Autodesk and WSP Group announced on March 12 a new partnership for flexible software licences aimed at streamlining workflow around the world while taking advantage of the advances in 2D and 3D design software and the benefits this brings to multiple industries.

The contract is Autodesk’s largest ‘Multiflex’ agreement signed outside the US. It means the creation of centrally managed, flexible licences which allow users to choose the solution best suited to their project from Autodesk’s portfolio of software, from any location in the world.

This is the first time WSP Group, one of the top 10 design, engineering and management consultants in the world, has entered into a global agreement with a single supplier and, according to the company, it is an ‘important milestone’ in its development of new internal collaborative processes such as the adoption of building information modelling (BIM). Using BIM, architects and engineers can efficiently generate and exchange information, create digital representations of all stages of the building process and simulate real-world performance – even when they are in different locations or time zones.

“Challenging times demand innovative solutions,” said Mark Paraskeva, vice president of EMEA for Autodesk. “This deal represents a very serious and long-term approach and we understand and appreciate the dedication and effort from WSP in bringing it to fruition. This is exactly how we like to work in partnership with our major customers.”

”This agreement marks another step in our plan to use WSP’s global resources and capabilities in the most efficient way and a common software platform is an essential part of this,” said Chris Cole, WSP Group CEO. “A priority will be the development of BIM expertise within the WSP Group as this is an area where we strive for highly efficient processes that tie together work groups from different regions and different disciplines. This is the first time the WSP Group has entered into a global agreement with a single supplier and the decision is an important milestone.”

Cole continued, “A collaborative technical platform with this comprehensive internal back-up means that we can significantly improve our efficiency in dealing with in-sourcing resources in Asia, thereby strengthening our competitiveness in Europe and the US.”

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