Autodesk’s acquisitions have strategically changed how construction uses technology today. Two of the biggest BIM acquisitions by Autodesk have 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.

This represents a recent trend in the industry, which has been moving design and BIM (building information modeling) processes from the office to the field. Autodesk has taken the necessary steps to begin this move by offering a growing portfolio of cloud and mobile solutions to help extend the value of BIM to the jobsite.

The acquisitions of Vela Systems and Horizontal Glue are perhaps some of the bigger moves, as construction companies look for ways to leverage BIM on mobile devices. Both solutions are important to help the company accelerate the movement of BIM to the cloud.

A number of large construction companies still use BIM 360 Field and BIM 360 Glue, and report improved documentation, collaboration, and management of design data.