Trimble has taken an interesting approach to moving BIM forward by acquiring some of the biggest companies in the space. It is apparent though that this is because the company has a vision for how technology can be used more effectively in the construction industry.
One of the big trends in the construction industry in the past few years has been M&As (mergers and acquisitions), with a number of big-name technology providers acquiring others in an effort to create a complete solution set. Trimble was one of the first to start this trend with the acquisition of Meridian Systems back in 2006, with subsequent acquisitions of QuickPen, Accubid Systems, Tekla, Trade Service, SketchUp, WinEstimator, and Vico Software. With a lineup of software this vast, Trimble has positioned itself to offer a complete set of solutions for every building firm’s needs.
The company isn’t standing still either. In the past 12 months, Trimble has continued to update its lineup of products including software from acquired companies. Of note are updates to the Proliance product, SketchUp, and Tekla Structures, to name just a few. The company has also been hard at work introducing new products as well, such as its Field Points software for building construction projects, allowing contractors to create layout points in CAD (computer-aided design) or BIM (building information modeling) files. Additionally, the company has announced 3D BIM consulting services for MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) contractors, showing Trimble also has a commitment to educating the industry about the importance of BIM.
Beyond all these updates and services for construction, Trimble has an overall vision to create a complete solution for the construction industry—along with the financial wherewithal to back it up. Last summer, Trimble even began piecing its acquired technology together, offering construction companies data-integration capabilities between a variety of its planning, estimating, and management software applications including WinEst, Modelogix, Prolog, Proliance, and Vico Office.
It is encouraging to see the steps Trimble has taken since the plethora of acquisitions in the past few years. Some companies acquire simply to obtain a particular customer base, but the industry is beginning to see Trimble has a much bigger vision for how technology can be used in the construction market.