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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Autodesk Unveils Its First U.K. Partner For Topobase
Originally Posted at Channel Web

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Vendor Autodesk has unveiled 1Spatial as the first UK VAR to sign up to sell its Topobase spatial data management software.

Topobase is built on Autodesk's AutoCAD Map3D and MapGuide software and sits on an Oracle Spatial database. It already has a 500-strong global customer base and Autodesk is now targeting success in the UK utility market.

Tracey Stone, Autodesk's infrastructure modeling sales manager for northern Europe, claimed 1Spatial's geospatial nous earmarked it as an ideal partner.

“1Spatial already has years of experience in integrating computer-aided design (CAD) and geographic information system (GIS) and working with AutoCAD Map 3D and MapGuide, helping customers reduce costs and increase efficiencies," she said.

“This new move further strengthens our partnership with 1Spatial and reflects Autodesk’s policy of extending the specialist knowledge and value-added services available to customers in this area.”

1Spatial's business development director Graham Stickler claimed his firm had inked the UK reseller agreement after enjoying success in Australia. "UK utilities are currently under pressure from all angles; from government, regulatory authorities and from customers themselves, to streamline processes and become more efficient," he said.

"More flexible and agile business systems are obvious goals at such a time, and the integration of CAD and GIS into the key business processes can provide real and immediate benefit. With an impressive and already proven ROI, we believe it is, therefore, a very appropriate time to launch Topobase into the UK market."

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