In recent years, a number of construction technology providers have made a few acquisitions in order to complete their technology solution for contractors. Now, the construction companies are responding by implementing the technology.

Many construction providers have been down the M&A (merger and acquisition) route recently including Autodesk, www.autodesk.com, San Rafael, Calif., with acquisitions of Horizontal Systems and Vela Systems, and Textura Corp., www.texturacorp.com, Deerfield, Ill., with acquisitions of GradeBeam.com, Submittal Exchange, PlanSwift, and most recently LATISTA. Trimble Navigation, www.trimble.com, Sunnyvale, Calif., has also made big moves acquiring SketchUp, Tekla, Vico, WinEstimator, Meridian Systems, and Accubid Systems.

When will contractors begin to really implement the complete set of solutions from a company such as Trimble? Now, Trimble has announced AECOM, www.aecom.com, Los Angeles, Calif., is planning to use many of these products to manage global construction projects.

The companies say AECOM will deploy several of the solutions from Trimble’s DBO (design, build, operate) software portfolio to improve project workflows, increase visibility and accuracy, and enhance team collaboration. Such solutions will include SketchUp Pro, Tekla Structures, Vico Office, WinEst, Modelogix, Prolog, Quantm, Trimble AutoBid Mechanical, Trimble Accubid Enterprise Estimating, and Plancal Nova.

AECOM plans to procure the software on a subscription basis in a multi-year agreement, giving project managers access to the solution set globally. The company also plans to provide on-demand access of the software to its client base.

While the construction firm plans to begin deploying the software beginning in 2014, it anticipates the technology will enable executives to track the overall health of a construction project, while also enabling the 3D modeling tools to be used by fabricators at the jobsite.

Are we entering the next era of construction technology where data will be tied together from the beginning of the project through completion? Time will tell, but AECOM is certainly positioning itself for the next evolution in construction technology.