Oct 19, 2011

Autodesk and Gehry Technologies to Work Together to Improve the Way Buildings are Designed and Constructed

Collaboration Will Help AEC Professionals Realize Benefits of Building Information Modeling Through Expanded BIM Consulting Services.

Autodesk, Inc announced a strategic business relationship today. The new agreement will help architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals to more fully realize the benefits of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process to meet the demands of today’s competitive building industry.

The agreement enables Gehry Technologies to better serve its customers by expanding its consulting services to firms seeking to transform business and design workflows with Autodesk BIM solutions.

“I started Gehry Technologies to alleviate many of the long-standing challenges that were present within the industry and to enhance best practices for each new building project,” said Frank Gehry, co-founder, Gehry Technologies. “As a result, the technologies and processes that Gehry Technologies has developed over the years have been critical in helping to achieve this vision while also providing great value to our clients. Autodesk products have been in our toolbox for many years, and now this relationship will help drive our shared goal of industry transformation by helping architects, engineers, contractors and owners get better value and impact from technology.”

“This new business relationship with Autodesk is a key element of our growth strategy,” added Dayne Myers, CEO of Gehry Technologies. “It will enable Gehry Technologies to expand its existing consulting offerings to better assist firms across the globe that are transitioning their businesses to support a BIM workflow and attain the cost and time savings of BIM and other AEC technologies. Our proven methodology for process planning, training and project consulting has helped customers save 5-10% of project costs and reduce design and construction time on some of the industry’s most challenging ventures. These innovative projects include the Beijing National Stadium, the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute in Las Vegas, the Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall in New York, and the Burj Dubai Tower in Dubai.”

“Autodesk sees joining forces with Gehry Technologies’ consultancy services as a powerful way to help AEC firms transition to a BIM process,” said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president, Architecture, Engineering and Construction Solutions, Autodesk. “Our business relationship is designed to take advantage of our strengths as world leaders and will add additional momentum to the adoption of BIM as a process throughout the AEC industry, and the use of Autodesk’s comprehensive end-to-end portfolio of BIM solutions.”

Under the terms of the business relationship, Autodesk will provide Gehry Technologies’ consulting division with extensive support and training in using Autodesk BIM solutions, including the Autodesk Building Design Suite, the Revit family of products, Autodesk Navisworks, AutoCAD Civil 3D and Autodesk Vault Collaboration AEC. As a part of a comprehensive agreement, Autodesk has made an equity investment in Gehry Technologies.

"We are very excited that Autodesk and Gehry Technologies have come together to deliver BIM solutions and services to customers like us," said Yoshihiro Ichioka, deputy general manager, Overseas Business Division, Obayashi Corporation. "I think the industry will definitely benefit from their ability to deliver world-class software and services to promote and implement BIM."