SAN RAFAEL, Calif., July 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced it will be working with the city of Salzburg, Austria, as the first pilot city in Autodesk's new Digital Cities initiative. The announcement was made with the Mayor of Salzburg at the AGIT 2008 conference in Salzburg.
The Digital City initiative is Autodesk's unique technology designed to
provide a collaborative environment for visualizing, analyzing and simulating
the future impact of urban design and development at a city-wide scale. Autodesk
has chosen to work with Salzburg, one of the great cultural and historic centers
of Europe, to help them integrate their city data into a highly detailed 3D
model of their city. This combination of city data with realistic visualization
and simulation tools can allow Salzburg to view and interact with the city
landscape, as well as analyze the impact of future urban planning, tourism and
economic development projects before they are built.
"I am very pleased to announce the launch of this pilot project which holds
considerable significance for modern urban administration. With Autodesk as a
leader in design innovation and the University of Salzburg drawing on its many
years of experience in the geoinformation area, we have two internationally
acknowledged partners joining forces to realize this future project. The digital
city model will help cities like ours better understand the impact of proposed
urban projects," said Dr. Heinz Schaden, Mayor of the City of Salzburg. "This
type of pilot program will help us better understand how we can create an
attractive and sustainable future for Salzburg and its people."
Scientific personnel from Salzburg University's Center of Geoinformation
(Z_GIS) are involved with the implementation of Digital City for the city of
Salzburg. "As a competence center for geoinformation, we are pleased to be able
to contribute to one of the most ambitious innovation projects worldwide, and to
be able to do this in our home town of Salzburg. Thanks to this project,
students can benefit from gaining decisive knowledge advantages and
participating companies in Salzburg can develop services upon this new platform.
In this way, the Z_GIS will be strongly oriented to economic, scientific and
"Salzburg is one of the most progressive, well known cities in the world and
so they are a natural choice to participate as our first pilot city. Our Digital
City technology can help the city and community of Salzburg communicate,
collaborate, and deliver projects in a more effective -- and sustainable --
way," said Lisa Campbell, vice president, Autodesk Geospatial. "We are proud to
work with them and our longstanding partner, the University of Salzburg, to
create a business tool that will help Salzburg plan and operate sustainable
development essential for tomorrow's high-performance cities and economies."
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Further information about Z_GIS can be found at
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Autodesk Announces Salzburg, Austria, as First Pilot City of Its Digital Cities Initiative
July 14, 2008