Leica Geosystems Announces Support for AutoCAD 2007

Leica CloudWorks for AutoCAD 2007 brings High-Definition Survey Point Cloud Data Directly into the Hands of Designers and Engineers who Need Accurate, Detailed Field Conditions

San Ramon, California – April 12, 2006 – Leica Geosystems, the world’s leading vendor of 3D laser scanning solutions for as-built, detail, engineering, topographic, and architectural surveys, today announced support for AutoCAD 2007, next-generation design software from Autodesk, Inc., the world’s leading software and services company for the building, manufacturing, infrastructure, media and entertainment, and wireless data services fields.

The new features in AutoCAD 2007 combined with the ability of Leica CloudWorx to present the reality of any surveyed site, plant or building via high density point clouds allows customers to integrate new designs with existing conditions in a simple and intuitive manner. Accuracy and productivity gains from this unique capability provide a freedom to create great designs like never before.

Leica CloudWorx provides easy-to-use tools for working with huge point clouds. Users can create planimetric or elevation drawings from clouds and best-fit shapes to point cloud segments to create AutoCAD geometry for pipes, walls, and more. Advanced navigation and expanded collaboration tools in AutoCAD 2007 provide critical new capabilities for dealing with large projects involving point cloud data.

“Leica Geosystems has shown its commitment to Autodesk and our joint customers by delivering their products in conjunction with AutoCAD 2007 availability,” said John Sanders, vice president of the Platform Technology Division at Autodesk.  "Through our partnership, we are helping customers realize their ideas.”

Bill Wallace, senior software product manager, Leica Geosystems states, “We are delighted with the progress we see in AutoCAD 2007 and we knew we needed to make Leica CloudWorx available for this new release as soon as we could. Our customers will benefit from the great new productivity features in this release. We think that Leica Geosystems, widely recognized as the leader in the scanning industry, joining forces with Autodesk, the world’s leading design software company, is a major win for our customers and we look forward to continuing delivery of great software to our joint customers worldwide.”

About Autodesk
Autodesk, Inc. is wholly focused on ensuring that great ideas are turned into reality. With seven million users, Autodesk is the world’s leading software and services company for the building, manufacturing, infrastructure, media and entertainment, and wireless data services fields. Autodesk’s solutions help customers create, manage and share their data and digital assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas into competitive advantage by becoming more productive, streamlining project efficiency, and maximizing profits.

Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California. For additional information about Autodesk, please visit www.autodesk.com

Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right
With close to 200 years of pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information.

Those who use Leica products every day trust them for their dependability, the value they deliver, and the superior customer support. Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 2,400 employees in 21 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden.

For further information please contact:
Leica Geosystems AG
Bill Wallace
Senior Software Product Manager
Tel (direct) 1-925-790-2356
Tel (central) 1-925-790-2300
Fax 1-925-790-2309