For the construction industry—as with all industries—the cloud has tremendous capabilities to transform IT (information technology) from cost center into value creator.

Like so many other industry insiders, Trimble, www., Sunnyvale, Calif., is experiencing this value firsthand. Trimble recently introduced a powerful cloud-based collaboration platform that empowers teams involved in the design, construction and operation of buildings.

Trimble Connect, based on GTeam software from recently acquired Gehry Technologies, streamlines workflows and transforms collaborative processes, allowing teams to access, analyze, manage, and share project data from anywhere in the field, at any time. As a hub for Trimble Buildings’ portfolio of DBO (design-build-operate) technologies, Trimble Connect enables seamless interoperability for designers, builders, and owners/occupiers—while also providing benefits to teams involved in site preparation and management.

What is Trimble Connect’s core competency? In essence, Trimble Connect creates communities of collaboration across and within disciplines, integrating data from Trimble’s wide variety of applications and devices to reduce the barriers between teams and tasks.

Trimble Connect provides coordinated information for everyone across the DBO continuum, streamlining the process of combining BIM (building information modeling, 3D (three dimension) and 2D two dimension) models via the Web, improving coordination among dispersed offices and teams, and reducing costs for software and training. Additionally, the platform’s storage and archiving of project documentation allows team leaders to keep track of their staff’s progress remotely. Trimble Connect also centralizes all digital assets across a project portfolio, allowing project managers and building owners to audit and report on all past and present project data and activity.

Trimble’s first products in its Trimble Buildings’ portfolio that enable users of these DBO solutions to collaborate via Trimble Connect include: SketchUp, Tekla Structures, Tekla BIMsight, Vico Office, Prolog, Trimble Field Link, MEPdesigner for SketchUp, and Manhattan Atrium EAM.

Reflecting Trimble’s focus on open standards and workflows, Trimble Connect supports the platform-neutral IFC file format for OpenBIM, a broad-based approach to the collaborative design, construction and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows.

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