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Autodesk Supports Easter Island Quest for Sustainable Impact with 3D Design Technologies
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Nov. 16 - Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced it is working with Easter Island officials, local archeology experts and several partners to provide technology, services and expertise to help digitally document Easter Island's current historical artifacts, natural resources and infrastructure assets. The work will create 3D models of the island (locally known as Rapa Nui) allowing government officials to better visualize and analyze how development plans will impact residents and resources, and promote sustainable decision-making. As the project progresses, images, photos, articles and diary entries from participants will be regularly posted, on http://www.autodesk.com/green.
Rapa Nui is a UNESCO world heritage site and Chilean-governed island in the south eastern Pacific Ocean, famous for its enigmatic moai statues, monolithic human figures carved from rock. In recent years, Rapa Nui has drawn increasing interest as a tourism destination, creating strain on the island's infrastructure and its delicate environment and archeological resources.
"We are at a pivotal time in our history," said Pedro Pablo Edmunds Paoa, mayor of Rapa Nui. "Sustainable development, protection of our historical artifacts and natural resources, and ongoing education about our resources are the key challenges we face today. Autodesk design technology and engineering expertise supports our need to make better, more informed decisions about the future of our Island. We appreciate our partners who are helping us modernize without destroying our rich cultural history."
"Autodesk design software is helping Rapa Nui officials digitally visualize and analyze how their development plans could impact roads, buildings and infrastructure, as well as historical artifacts throughout the island," said Lisa Campbell, vice president, Autodesk Geospatial Solutions. "This unique opportunity to work directly with Rapa Nui officials and archeologists to bring state-of-the-art 3D prototyping technology and visual models to tackle their development challenges is especially rewarding for us."
A team first traveled to Rapa Nui in October 2007 to laser scan and survey the island. Autodesk partners include METCO Services, Inc., provider of surveying and scanning services and technology, and Leica Geosystems which contributed GPS and laser scanning instruments and point-cloud processing software. Team members trained Rapa Nui officials on the use of these technologies and Autodesk digital modeling software, so developers and engineers can continue to evaluate and make sustainable development decisions over time.
Existing AutoCAD software customers on Rapa Nui engaged in the project will be migrating to advanced 3D modeling and visualization technologies from Autodesk, including AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise, and Revit Architecture design software.
More information about the Easter Island Project can be found at http://www.autodesk.com/green.
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