San Rafael, Calif.-based Autodesk, Inc. recently announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has signed a multi-flex, enterprise license agreement for Autodesk products and Autodesk-related services and training. The contract value of the deal is $6 million over a three-year period and includes access to the following Autodesk products: the Autodesk Revit family of products, AutoCAD Civil 3D software, and Autodesk Navisworks software products.

"We are extremely pleased to further strengthen our long-standing relationship with the USACE with this agreement," says Bill Goodson, VP, North American public sector and utility sales, at Autodesk. "Autodesk software plays a vital role in helping USACE provide quality and responsive engineering services to over 37,000 employees in 90 countries worldwide. This agreement ensures USACE will have full access to the latest innovative Building Information Modeling (BIM) software tools and professional services to support its national defense mission. The flexible and concurrent licensing Autodesk is offering the USACE will provide better asset management and version control."

As BIM-based designs are required by the General Services Administration (GSA), the USACE now requires a BIM-based design approach for all vertical military construction (MILCON) projects in fiscal year 2010 and beyond. Under the recent announcement, the USACE will now have complete access to Autodesk's BIM family of products, including Autodesk Revit Architecture software and Navisworks software products. By having access to the BIM products, USACE personnel — who deal with managing building construction, operations and maintenance — will have the software tools and training necessary to take better advantage of the 3D building models being delivered by design contractors.