Rapidly Growing Boat Dock Company Turns to Autodesk Software to Scale

  Rapidly Growing Boat Dock Company Turns to Autodesk Software to Scale

MariCorp Uses Autodesk PLM 360 and Autodesk Product Design Suite to Streamline
Operations, Help Reduce Rework Tenfold

Business Wire

SAN FRANCISCO -- October 31, 2012

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has named MariCorp U.S. (MariCorp) — a
nationwide leader in the boat dock industry that has expanded from six to 45
employees in six years — as the Autodesk October Inventor of the Month for
using Autodesk PLM 360 to streamline project management and Autodesk Inventor
3D CAD software as part of Autodesk Product Design Suite to improve their

MariCorp U.S. uses Autodesk PLM 360 and Autodesk Inventor 3D CAD software to
streamline project mana ...

MariCorp U.S. uses Autodesk PLM 360 and Autodesk Inventor 3D CAD software to
streamline project management and improve their designs for boat docks like
the one pictured here. (Photo: Business Wire)

As a result of implementing Autodesk software, the fast-growing company —
founded by its 25-year old CEO Scott Fitzpatrick while he was still in college
— has been able to respond to bids more quickly, execute designs more
effectively and efficiently scale its organization.

“Nationwide, there are maybe a dozen large marina projects available for bid
each year, and we need to win a few to distinguish ourselves and drive new
growth,” said Kyle Wilkerson, COO of MariCorp. “Each project is different and
fully custom, so building a technology platform that makes it easier to
rapidly create high-quality designs is our best approach and that’s where
Autodesk has really come into play for us.”

Digital PLM Processes Drive Efficiency

Autodesk PLM 360 — a cloud-based product lifecycle management solution — has
made project management and collaboration across the MariCorp organization
much more efficient. The engineering department receives all the forms, images
and notes for each project as attachments inside PLM 360. In return, the sales
team can clearly see how the dock designs look and be absolutely clear when
requesting changes. Requests for proposals that once initiated a week of
frantic design activity now routinely wrap up in three days.

MariCorp estimates that the use of new design tools combined with easy access
to accurate project information has helped reduce rework tenfold. Designs are
noticeably more complete at the outset, leading to substantially less
confusion or second-guessing from the manufacturing shop floor, all the way to
final installation.

“MariCorp is comfortable working in the cloud and, in addition to pursuing
implementation of Autodesk Inventor iLogic, looks forward to maturing our
design practices further to embrace cloud services like Autodesk 360
Optimization and to becoming even faster at creating more competitive and
compelling designs,” said Wilkerson.

Replacing its legacy design tools, MariCorp retooled its engineering processes
around Autodesk Inventor software to build its dock designs and AutoCAD
software to complete its drawings.

The company also uses Autodesk Showcase software to create photo-quality 3D
illustrations of new design concepts. These renderings help customers to see a
dock design in the context of its surroundings and understand the benefits and
tradeoffs of the proposal more clearly than by viewing 2D sketches or

“MariCorp’s rapid growth wouldn’t be possible to scale without multiple
functions in the organization working more effectively — from design and
engineering, to marketing and sales,” said Brenda Discher, vice president,
Manufacturing Industry Strategy and Marketing at Autodesk. “By standardizing
on Autodesk software, MariCorp gained effective tools to help clearly
communicate their design ideas and project progress to suppliers, customers
and to each other.”

About the Autodesk Inventor of the Month Program

Each month, Autodesk selects an Inventor of the Month from the users of
Autodesk Inventor software, which takes manufacturers beyond 3D to Digital
Prototyping. Winners are chosen for engineering excellence and groundbreaking
innovation. For more information about Autodesk Inventor of the Month, visit

About MariCorp U.S., LLC

Headquartered in Shell Knob, Mo., MariCorp U.S. has quickly become a power in
the residential, commercial and kit dock industry. For additional information,
visit www.maricorpus.com.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in professional and personal 3D design,
engineering and entertainment software. Autodesk tools help unlock the
creativity in everyone, from children and hobbyists to design and engineering
professionals. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building,
construction, digital art and entertainment industries, including the last 17
Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects, use Autodesk software, mobile
apps, cloud services and communities to design, visualize, simulate and
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