Dec 7, 2011

Bouygues Construction and Autodesk Establish Strategic Relationship

3D Software for Building Information Modeling Helping Transform Global Construction Firm.

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) and Bouygues Construction, a subsidiary of Bouygues (CAC40: EN) announced a Virtual Construction Partnership Agreement. Through the agreement, the companies will combine talents and efforts to increase adoption of Autodesk software for Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the construction industry.

This global agreement is the result of a multiyear collaboration between the research teams of Autodesk and Bouygues Construction. BIM is a valuable tool for managing the building design lifecycle—from simulation, construction, operation and renovation—helping users to achieve energy performance targets, improve building site logistics and reduce construction time.

“This collaboration is a natural development of our already long-standing relationship with Bouygues Construction. Bouygues is an innovative company and global market leader, offering a full range of services to some of the world’s most complex construction projects,” said Jim Lynch, Autodesk vice president for AEC Solutions.

Bouygues has been using a range of Autodesk software, including Autodesk Revit Architecture and Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis, for several years and has worked with Autodesk to drive development of future product functionality. This collaboration contributed to the development of the latest versions of Revit products and to Autodesk Navisworks project synthesis software tools.

BIM Better Serves Clients

Bouygues Construction is confident that BIM solutions support the lifecycle of the building and plans to increase its investment in and adoption of cutting edge technology. Autodesk BIM software provides building insight, even in the preplanning stages, helping better ascertain and meet clients’ expectations, while respecting budgetary constraints, project delivery times and energy-performance commitments.

“BIM and associated 3D simulation software are helping support Bouygues Construction in its transformation from a general construction company to a global business, handling not only the design/construction/maintenance phases but also energy management and associated services to occupants,” said Gaetan Desruelles, deputy director general in charge of research and development for Sustainable Construction at Bouygues Construction. “The Autodesk BIM portfolio enables us to ‘build before we build.’”

In recent years, Bouygues Construction has used Autodesk BIM software on the Philharmonic Hall in Paris and the Sport’s Hub in Singapore. Bouygues Construction recently completed work on the Surrey Outpatient Facility in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, where they used Autodesk software for all the design development of the project including Architectural, Structural, MEP designs and for thermal, acoustic and daylight simulation. The firm was able to complete the Surrey project with almost no change orders, helping them to deliver the project on time, with lower costs and improved efficiency.

Bringing Together All Players from Design to Operation

BIM provides a single, common information repository for all specialists on a project, helping improve coordination of the many phases of construction. A single, information-rich digital model helps users optimize building lifecycle management for both operations and maintenance and enables Bouygues Construction to define new roles within its teams, as well as heighten its ability to attract new talent to the construction professions.

Meeting the Challenges of Sustainable Construction

Respecting sustainable development is important to Bouygues Construction. Beyond technical specifications, BIM helps Bouygues optimize performance levels of sustainable buildings by enabling the firm to more accurately assess the carbon footprint, measure energy performance and simulate the integration of renewable energy.