Today’s construction companies rely on collaboration to promote openness and interoperability across a project team. As such, two big technology providers recently formed an alliance to improve collaboration and modeling.

Trimble,, Sunnyvale, Calif., recently formed a strategic alliance to expand the deployment of BIM (building information modeling) across the entire DBO (design-build-operate) lifecycle of buildings. The partnership will emphasize collaborative approaches to design modeling and 5D construction management through data integration between a variety of the companies’ products.

The partnership between Trimble and Nemetschek,, Munich, Germany, will allow both to share the extensive global market and technology expertise, as well as collaborate on initiatives to drive a paradigm change in the development and adoption of technologies for the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industry and building owners.

The companies intend to transparently share data formats to support new solutions and promote workflow interoperability between selected products across the DBO lifecycle; tighten the connection of VDC (virtual design and construction) solutions to real data from the field and real objects in the physical world; support interoperability and the longevity of project data for the entire project lifecycle;  and maintain their respective deep commitments to open standards and workflows for the benefit of the entire industry—rather than for any individual vendor.

For ideal integration, Trimble and Nemetschek plan to leverage the Trimble Connect collaboration platform—including SketchUp, Tekla Structures, Vico Office, Trimble Prolog, Trimble Field Link, and MEPdesigner for SketchUp—and solutions in the Nemetschek portfolio, such as Allplan, ArchiCAD, DDS, SCIA Engineering, Vectorworks, and Nevaris.

Both companies are dedicated to open standards and workflows—a rapidly emerging approach to the collaborative design, construction, and operation of buildings. With Nemetschek solutions supporting the Trimble Connect platform—a cloud-based collaboration environment that features an open environment for BIM-based AEC workflows—Trimble and Nemetschek are coordinating their efforts to offer best-of-breed solutions for customers.

Across the DBO spectrum, customers want the freedom to choose the best tools for the job and the security of knowing those tools will work together. But too often they find that the data they need is not interoperable across different software workflows, according to Bryn Fosburgh, vice president for Trimble’s Construction Technology Divisions. This partnership will give users a choice, rather than dictate what they use, Fosburgh adds.

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