The Common Data Environment market just got busier: acquisitive Trimble has wasted no time in launching its cloud-based collaboration platform, Trimble Connect.
Some seven weeks after acquiring Gehry Tchnologies, including its GTeam platform, and promising to add it to a DBO software solutions platform (post), US construction technology giant Trimble has launched Trimble Connect, based on GTeam, providing a cloud-based collaboration platform for teams involved in the design, construction and operation of buildings.
According to the news release, Trimble Connect streamlines workflows and transforms collaborative processes, allowing teams to access, analyse, manage and share project data from anywhere at any time. As a hub for Trimble Buildings‘ portfolio of Design-Build-Operate (DBO) technologies, Trimble Connect enables seamless interoperability for designers, builders, and owners/occupiers – while also providing benefits to teams involved in site preparation and management. Bryn Fosburgh, vice president responsible for Trimble’s Construction Technology Divisions, says:
“Trimble Connect creates communities of collaboration across and within disciplines, integrating data from Trimble’s wide variety of applications and devices to reduce the barriers between teams and tasks. This new platform not only reinforces Trimble’s leadership as a provider of advanced software and hardware, but positions us to transform the way the world designs, builds and operates buildings through collaboration.”
Trimble Connect centralises and provides coordinated information for users across the DBO continuum, combining Building Information Modelling (BIM), 3D and 2D models via the web. It also helps project team leaders track their staff’s progress, while building owners can also audit and report on all past and present project data and activity.
Various Trimble products are already “Trimble Connected”, including:
- SketchUp (acquired 2012)
- Tekla Structures
- Tekla BIMsight
- Vico Office (established by ex-Graphisoft execs in 2007, acquired 2012)
- Prolog (acquired 2006)
- Trimble Field Link
- MEPdesigner for SketchUp, and
- Manhattan Atrium (enterprise asset management – acquired 2014)
And, in echoes of the Aconex BIM announcement earlier this week (post), Trimble Connect also supports the platform-neutral IFC file format for OpenBIM. And, coincidentally, both vendors are branding their offerings as “connected”.