Autodesk, Inc. announced an agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of c-plan AG, a provider in the European GIS market, whose customers include more than 2,000 users in 700 municipalities and utility companies.
The purchase price for the shares of the Gumligen, Switzerland-based
developer of the TOPOBASE(TM) family of geospatial applications and data management solutions will be approximately $18 million plus net working capital. Autodesk will offer c-plan solutions in key European markets and will continue supporting TOPOBASE software customers. In addition, Autodesk intends to incorporate c-plan’s expertise in its continued development of data management solutions built with open industry standards and featuring Autodesk Map(R) 3D software and Autodesk MapGuide(R) software. Through the combination of Autodesk and c-plan expertise, technology and partners, Autodesk will help customers realize their ideas by better enabling them to integrate computer-aided design (CAD) and GIS technology. Customers may benefit from closer integration of Autodesk products with c-plan’s industry-specific municipal, utility, and engineering applications built on top of an open, relational geospatial database. The combined technologies are expected to provide users with both the engineering precision and information management flexibility required for today’s multi-user infrastructure applications.
The acquisition, expected to close in June, is designed to allow Autodesk to more quickly deliver on its commitment to provide comprehensive industry applications for government and utility agencies. Frank Von Arx, chief executive officer of c-plan, added “This is a great combination of Autodesk’s ability to integrate CAD and GIS technologies on top of Oracle with our industry solutions for municipal government and utility companies. We are pleased to join the Autodesk family.”