Autodesk Quantity Takeoff, DWF TrueView

Autodesk (ADSK) is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Their tools are ubiquitous in architecture and construction firms as well as movie production, including over 16 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects.

I was a software development project manager on two products supporting "DWF" files. Autodesk DWF files are to design documents what Adobe PDF files are to text documents. Their viewer and markup tool is called Design Review and works similar to Adobe Acrobat for PDF files.

I was the project manager on a Autodesk Design Review release update, including administering a 145-person Microsoft Project Server plan. The second product was brand new; the Quantity Takeoff software lets estimators take the DWF files from architects and use them to quickly create accurate material takeoffs -- for walls, floor coverings, piping, wiring, etc. I coordinated a 30-person team to take that product from wireframes and story-boards through alpha, beta, 1.0 and 2.0 releases.


Hero image used on the shrink-wrapped
packaging for the Quantity Takeoff suite.

Example of the workspace canvas and the takeoff workbook
for Autodesk Quantity Takeoff.

Hero image used on the shrink-wrapped
packaging for the Autodesk Design Review.

My project team spanned resources in Atlanta GA, Manchester VT, San Francisco, Barcelona, and in Shanghai, where I got to spend time with the large QA and Dev team there.