I have had BIM (building information modeling) on my mind lately. With companies like MiTek, Trimble, Bentley, and Autodesk gobbling up a large share of the technology community to build end-to-end solutions, how can BIM not be on most construction companies’ minds these days?

Candidly, the vision a company like Trimble or MiTek has—to piece together different solutions for an end-to-end software platform—is a great one, but only if the construction industry takes advantage of the solutions available, and that is where the rubber meets the road.

In a blog I wrote last month, I address the fact that all too often there are BIM blunders happening on construction jobsites. I am not talking about big mistakes, rather just little errors that happen all the time—whether it is working off the wrong model or not entering the correct data.

As we have said here at Constructech time and time again, it all starts with developing a solid strategy for how to effectively implement BIM on a construction project. The good news is technology providers are making big moves for BIM, which ultimately could provide valuable for the construction industry.

Let’s take a little bit of a closer look at how all the recent moves in the space are impacting BIM in the construction industry.

Residential Movers and Shakers
As I mentioned at the onset, MiTek, a Berkshire Hathaway company, has made big moves to advance BIM in the residential construction space. The company has already acquired BuilderMT, Kova, and Simpad. Add those acquired products to MiTek’s already existing line of SAPPHIRE products for the supply chain, and the industry has an integrated solution to collaborate on designs, estimates, and other aspects of the building process—all from a single 3D model.

Trimble, Autodesk Take on BIM
Certainly I don’t have to go into great depth about the impact Trimble is currently having on BIM in the construction industry. The company has acquired Meridian Systems, QuickPen, Accubid Systems, Tekla, Trade Service, SketchUp, WinEstimator, Vico Software, Manhattan Software, and Gehry Technologies (whew that is a mouthful and that is only the list of companies that impact BIM in construction). The combination of software enables the sharing of data from the jobsite, to the office, and through the lifecycle of the facility.

Comparably, Autodesk has made fewer—albeit not any less significant—acquisitions. The biggest BIM acquisitions by Autodesk have most certainly been Vela Systems and Horizontal Glue, which have morphed into BIM 360 Field and BIM 360 Glue, respectively. Following the acquisitions, both products have continued to be a mainstay in many construction companies.

Bentley Builds Up BIM
Bentley Systems also surely has its eye on the BIM prize. In its fifth annual Corporate Update conference call for press, held yesterday, Greg Bentley walked the media through the company’s operating and company highlights for 2014, as well as priorities for 2015. The update was held in conjunction with Bentley’s first CONNECTION Event, held May 18-19 in Philadelphia.

During the update, Bentley discusses the four recent acquisitions: SITEOPS (for site optioneering); Amulet (for predictive and prescriptive analytics); Acute3D (for reality modeling); and EADOC (for managed cloud service for construction management), as well as the latest CONNECT Edition, which is the successor of Bentley’s V8i software.

The company first unveiled the CONNECT Edition late last year. Now the company has additionally announced an introductory access program for Navigator and a partner program. Bentley says CONNECT Edition’s capabilities represent the culmination of all the technological advancement that has taken place at Bentley Systems in the past 30 years.

Certainly there will be more to report as the CONNECTION event continues in both Philadelphia and Chicago this week. Stay tuned.

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