Trimble are to acquire Building Data to develop BIM content
Announced at Trimble Dimensions, the US Construction and technology company will acquire privately-held Building Data, whose managed content and software solutions enable Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) contractors and engineers to produce intelligent, constructible models, including manufacturing-specific content from a proprietary database of over 6 million 3D data components.
Building Data is dedicated to managing 3D component data for customers who create dimensionally accurate BIM for 3D coordination and installation. With over 6 million manufacturer specific content components, Building Data is host to the largest database of its kind.
The combination of Building Data’s experience in Building Information Modeling (BIM) content paired with Trimble's leadership in providing software and hardware solutions for building construction will empower contractors and engineers to gain efficiencies throughout the building lifecycle. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2016.
MEP contractors face an enormous challenge to develop and maintain the data needed to design, estimate, build and manage projects. Trimble's pricing and content services, combined with Building Data’s 3D solutions, will support the need for timely, accurate and structured information to drive key processes within design and construction.
Building Data’s managed content and its SysQue software extends the capabilities of existing 3D CAD platforms to enable MEP contractors and engineers to increase productivity by developing constructible models that enable accurate pre-fabrication and field layout.
"With the addition of Building Data, Trimble continues to reinforce its commitment to providing data and analytics solutions to the construction industry. Building Data’s strength lies in its ability to provide structured and highly accurate 3D content that will be connected to Trimble's existing product and pricing services," said Pat Bohle, General Manager of Trimble's MEP Division.
"This wealth of content will enable MEP contractors and engineers to use their models to improve estimating, detailing, fabrication, purchasing, manufacturing and installation processes."
"Building Data’s solutions are dedicated to improving the productivity of the building contractor and engineer," said Jim Reis, Chief Operating Officer of Building Data. "We are already integrated with several of Trimble's industry-leading software solutions including their fabrication software, field layout solutions and pricing services. We are excited to provide an even greater integrated office workflow for the building contractor and engineer by joining with Trimble.”
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