The construction industry is evolving, moving from on-premise software packages in the office toward more collaborative technology on mobile devices. Textura Corp., www.texturacorp.com, Deerfield, Ill., recognizes this trend and is developing and acquiring technology to move the construction industry toward more collaborative workflows.

A big move on the part of Textura is this week’s acquisition of LATISTA, www.latista.com, Reston, Va., a provider of mobile applications, including quality management, punchlists, safety, electronic commissioning, and document management.

This news follows Textura’s June announcement about its IPO (initial public offering) of shares of common stock to the public. At the time of the IPO, Patrick Allin, chairman and CEO of Textura said the IPO will allow Textura to continue its investment program throughout 2013 and 2014.

Since the IPO announcement, investment has come in a number of different forms for Textura. In September, Textura launched a brand new product—BidOrganizer—which allows contractors to track and schedule all bid invitations including historical bid results, current bid due dates, and revenue forecasts.

Now, the company has additionally announced the acquisition of LATISTA, which will bring more mobile functionality to Textura customers. Allin says the company plans to continue to invest in LATISTA and leverage the technology to develop mobile capabilities for its existing solutions. The deal is expected to close on or about Dec. 2, 2013 for cash consideration of $35 million.

What can the construction industry expect following this acquisition? For one, LATISTA will introduce support for BIM (building information modeling) in the future, bringing another interesting technology component to Textura’s line of products.

Textura is not the first construction-technology provider to recognize the trend toward a more mobile workforce. In 2012, Autodesk, www.autodesk.com, San Rafael, Calif., acquired Vela Systems, with the intent to shift BIM to the jobsite in new ways. Now, Autodesk has built out the BIM 360 Field product, combining mobile and BIM at the jobsite and changing the way work is managed in the field.

Add Textura to the list of companies looking to help push BIM to the jobsite. The company has been on a mission to build an end-to-end collaboration solution through both acquired and organic growth for a number of years. It was only a matter of time before the company pushed its mobile and BIM technology further by acquiring one of the leading mobile-solution providers in the space.