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Trimble and Autodesk Launch Strategic Alliance

PORTLAND, Ore., March 15, 1999 With the goal of moving civil engineering, land survey and design software markets closer to a real-time engineering model, Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) and Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) have launched a strategic alliance to create integrated software solutions for land development. The new, integrated solutions will address user needs for full project lifecycle support and field-to-finish software systems that are modern, fast, flexible, and most importantly, accurate.
The announcement was made at the 1999 American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) Convention.
The interoperability between Autodesk and Trimble software will let surveyors and civil engineers perform site surveys, create construction designs and stakeout buildings, bridges and roads more efficiently. The first technology collaboration created by the alliance is Trimble Link™ software, a plug-in module that will be embedded in Autodesk® Survey software, a complementary product to AutoCAD® Land Development Desktop software.
Trimble Link will let survey and design professionals have tighter links between field and office processes. The module seamlessly transfers Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) Global Positioning System (GPS) and conventional survey data from the Trimble Survey Controller™ software to the Autodesk Survey program where it can be immediately used for analysis and to create base plans for site designs. The design information can be transferred back to the Trimble Survey Controller software for stakeout in the field.
"GPS data is becoming more important to our land survey customers because of the accuracy it provides," said Mark Sawyer, vice president of Autodesk's AEC Market Group, based in Henniker, New Hampshire. "Our alliance with Trimble, the GPS leader, provides a great start towards our companies' joint goal to streamline the land development process and lifecycle."
"Aligning with Autodesk, the leading civil engineering and CAD software company, is a natural fit. We have many customers in common in the design and construction markets," said Joseph Paiva, vice president of Trimble's Land Survey. "The true benefits are increased design and construction productivity."
Trimble Link will be incorporated into the next release of Autodesk Survey software later this year. The module will be available to all current Autodesk Survey and Trimble Survey Controller software customers in April, as a free downloadable program from Trimble's website at or Autodesk's website at
About Autodesk
Autodesk is the fourth largest PC software company in the world and the leading supplier of PC design software and multimedia tools. More than four million customers use the company's 2D and 3D products for architectural design, civil design and surveying, mechanical design, geographic information systems and mapping, and through its Kinetix® division for film and video production, and video game development. For more information, contact any Authorized Autodesk Reseller, call Autodesk at 800-964-6432, or visit Autodesk shares are traded on the Nasdaq national market under the symbol ADSK.
About Trimble
Trimble is a world leader in designing and developing innovative products enabled by GPS technology. The company provides end-user and OEM solutions for diverse applications including surveying, mapping/GIS, agriculture, mining, military, commercial aviation, automotive, vehicle tracking and timing. Founded in 1978, Trimble now holds more than 200 U.S. patents on GPS and related technology, with over 180 additional patents pending. Located in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has been adding value to GPS since 1984.

Media Contact:   LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808
Media Contact:   Barbara Brown of Autodesk, Inc.: 415-507-6093

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