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For five years Jeff Yoders covered IT, CAD, and BIM as Senior Associate Editor of Building Design + Construction. He's a chair at-large of the Associated General Contractors of America's BIM Forum and speaks regularly to audiences about how to transition to digital workflows. Jeff has won four American Society of Business Publications Editors awards.
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Trimble acquiring Tekla

May 10, 2011

Finnish structural BIM software company, Tekla, Inc., has announced that Trimble Navigation, a construction software and hardware manufacturer based in Sunnyvale, Calif., has made an offer of purchase for roughly $485 million ($6 a share).

In a statement, Tekla said shareholder Gerako Oy, who holds approximately 38% of the shares and votes in Tekla, had "given an irrevocable undertaking to accept the tender offer."

Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, with a U.S. office in Atlanta, Tekla has about 500 employees and operations in 15 countries. Its flagship product is the 3D BIM program Tekla Structures, a design program optimized for and used by structural engineers.

Tekla and Trimble sources both said they expect the acquisition to be completed by the end of the year.

         
 
 

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I would love to hear

I would love to hear Trimble's ideas on how they plan to move forward with the software.

Sounds like a perfect marriage to me

This seems to be a classic synergistic acquisition that will be beneficial to both parties and their clients. It makes all the sense in the world to me that Trimble would acquire a company with a proven BIM software system, since the last stats I heard are that the percentages of A/E/C/O stakeholders using BIM continues to rise in all segments. Much of Trimble's product line and in particular its 3D Laser scanning systems, generate huge digital data sets, such as the massive data that is contained in just one digital file for the "point cloud" that is collected on that one single project. It makes sense for Trimble to be able to offer a proven 3D BIM software system to the clients who use their equipment to collect the data, to buy a Trimble Software System in which the data sets can be stored, managed and accessed. The data is of value not only during the design and construction of a building or infrastructure system, but also through the entire life cycle of the structure or facilities, when additional information contained in the data file is needed for maintenance, upgrades or additional new construction needs of the client. This seems another positive step in the slow but sure process of more and more A/E/C/O stakeholders accepting the transition to 3D BIM or VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) system(s) and more importantly collaborative processes,……. as the "new normal"…. preferred model of the best way to do business.

Sounds like a perfect marriage to me

This seems to be a classic synergistic acquisition that will be beneficial to both parties and their clients. It makes all the sense in the world to me that Trimble would acquire a company with a proven BIM software system, since the last stats I heard are that the percentages of A/E/C/O stakeholders using BIM continues to rise in all segments. Much of Trimble's product line and in particular its 3D Laser scanning systems, generate huge digital data sets, such as the massive data that is contained in just one digital file for the "point cloud" that is collected on that one single project. It makes sense for Trimble to be able to offer a proven 3D BIM software system to the clients who use their equipment to collect the data, to buy a Trimble Software System in which the data sets can be stored, managed and accessed. The data is of value not only during the design and construction of a building or infrastructure system, but also through the entire life cycle of the structure or facilities, when additional information contained in the data file is needed for maintenance, upgrades or additional new construction needs of the client. This seems another positive step in the slow but sure process of more and more A/E/C/O stakeholders accepting the transition to 3D BIM or VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) system(s) and more importantly collaborative processes,……. as the "new normal"…. preferred model of the best way to do business.

Sounds like a perfect (Corporate) marriage to me!

Congratulations to Trimble for what seems like a classic synergistic acquisition. It makes all the sense in the world to me that Trimble would integrate 3D BIM software into its produce line. The massive data sets that are created by the collection of digital point clouds by 3D Laser Scanning systems needs to be housed, manipulated and managed not only during the design and construction of a building or infrastructure systems, but over the entire life cycle of the building or infrastructure facilities, as changes and additions are made over time and new information needs come up that are readily solvable by accessing the in-house information data base the client has access to when needed. Seems another small but important step by one of the many stakeholders who will ultimately benefit when the BIM or VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) process and 3D modeling of both the above ground and the subsurface eventually becomes "the new normal" as the accepted method of project design and delivery. (Disclaimer: Yes, our Company, Underground Imaging Technologies, LLC does do subsurface imaging and 3D mapping)

Sounds like a perfect (Corporate) marriage to me!

Congratulations to Trimble for what seems like a classic synergistic acquisition. It makes all the sense in the world to me that Trimble would integrate 3D BIM software into its produce line. The massive data sets that are created by the collection of digital point clouds by 3D Laser Scanning systems needs to be housed, manipulated and managed not only during the design and construction of a building or infrastructure systems, but over the entire life cycle of the building or infrastructure facilities, as changes and additions are made over time and new information needs come up that are readily solvable by accessing the in-house information data base the client has access to when needed. Seems another small but important step by one of the many stakeholders who will ultimately benefit when the BIM or VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) process and 3D modeling of both the above ground and the subsurface eventually becomes "the new normal" as the accepted method of project design and delivery. (Disclaimer: Yes, our Company, Underground Imaging Technologies, LLC does do subsurface imaging and 3D mapping)

Sounds like a perfect (Corporate) marriage to me!

Congratulations to Trimble for what seems like a classic synergistic acquisition. It makes all the sense in the world to me that Trimble would integrate 3D BIM software into its produce line. The massive data sets that are created by the collection of digital point clouds by 3D Laser Scanning systems needs to be housed, manipulated and managed not only during the design and construction of a building or infrastructure systems, but over the entire life cycle of the building or infrastructure facilities, as changes and additions are made over time and new information needs come up that are readily solvable by accessing the in-house information data base the client has access to when needed. Seems another small but important step by one of the many stakeholders who will ultimately benefit when the BIM or VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) process and 3D modeling of both the above ground and the subsurface eventually becomes "the new normal" as the accepted method of project design and delivery. (Disclaimer: Yes, our Company, Underground Imaging Technologies, LLC does do subsurface imaging and 3D mapping)

Sounds like a perfect (Corporate) marriage to me!

Congratulations to Trimble for what seems like a classic synergistic acquisition. It makes all the sense in the world to me that Trimble would integrate 3D BIM software into its produce line. The massive data sets that are created by the collection of digital point clouds by 3D Laser Scanning systems needs to be housed, manipulated and managed not only during the design and construction of a building or infrastructure systems, but over the entire life cycle of the building or infrastructure facilities, as changes and additions are made over time and new information needs come up that are readily solvable by accessing the in-house information data base the client has access to when needed. Seems another small but important step by one of the many stakeholders who will ultimately benefit when the BIM or VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) process and 3D modeling of both the above ground and the subsurface eventually becomes "the new normal" as the accepted method of project design and delivery. (Disclaimer: Yes, our Company, Underground Imaging Technologies, LLC does do subsurface imaging and 3D mapping)

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