e-Builder boosts its BIM

e-Builder-logoe-Builder, the Florida, US-based SaaS construction programme management provider has announced today that it has acquired the assets of Scenario Virtual Project Delivery (VPD), a leader in collaborative Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology for construction. This acquisition (for which the terms were not disclosed) extends e-Builder Enterprise by tightly integrating it with BIM (when I talked to e-Builder in February 2014, co-founder Jon Antevy said BIM was still at an early stage for many of their customers, but interest was growing).

Founded in 2010 as a subsidiary of Florida HQ-ed specialist contractor KHS&S, Scenario VPD developed a SaaS-based BIM integration platform for design, construction and operation of complex projects and structures, launched in 2011. The web-based system used plug-ins to integrate data from Autodesk’s AutoCAD 3D, Revit and Navisworks, to create a single BIM dataset. The goal was to reduce clashes and errors while projects were still at an early virtual stage (something also flagged by Jon Antevy last year). To date, this has been deployed on a range of projects, including one of the top five largest projects in the world with an aggregate project value of over $8 billion.

Ron Antevy, President and CEO of e-Builder said:

“BIM adoption rates are on the rise as facility owners seek new strategies to improve project outcomes and reduce the risk on their projects. This acquisition strengthens our commitment to provide the most complete system to manage capital projects specifically for the facility owner. While many project management and BIM technologies are available for contractors and designers, our combined technology will provide the only integrated system that is designed from the ground up to meet the needs of the building owner throughout the process from planning to construction.”


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    • anon on 27 July 2015 at 1:09 pm

    To anyone from e-builder, what kind of volume of documents and mail do you get through the e-builder system and on a typical project or on a very large project for you? is this something that you can share? I am researching the industry and obviously you are one of the main players and I am trying to figure out how you stack up against Procore and Aconex in ability to volumes of data and in system use.

    1. Thanks for your question. Please send an email with your contact information to the editor so that he can forward to me. This way we can connect via phone so I can learn more about your research. Happy to help if I am able.

    • anon on 28 July 2015 at 9:13 am

    Thanks for the reply – I may take you up on it. I work for a large investor looking at investing in Aconex and have been tasked with collecting benchmarking data, based on what is in the public domain at this stage. One of the benchmarks is about system use. Another benchmark is marketing slanted and based on ability to get message about the successful activities of the company into the public domain, which includes publishing credible statistics on system use. Is there anything that you can point me to in the public domain that would indicate e-builder’s system capacity to serve large volumes of data, documents and mail similar to Aconex? If this kind of information is not available in public domain then I may get in touch.

    • Rob Vanderhill on 31 July 2015 at 11:04 am

    Good luck trying to get other vendors to compare their system stats with Aconex.
    The other vendors are mom and pop operations by comparison – no offence intended but there’s a humongous capability difference.
    They have only survived and grown thus far due to a lack of competition and choice in their markets.
    I bought into Aconex because as an industry professional who has worked around world I could see how this is all going to play out over time.
    Aconex is the industry T-Rex and it’s coming!

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