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Oct 12 2017

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Zuuse and Progressclaim merge

zuuse logo with nameTwo Australian Software-as-a-Service vendors targeting the AECO sector have announced their merger. Zuuse, which targets the BIM to FM opportunity, providing 3D building information modelling and digital asset management tools, is to join with Melbourne-based construction payment management vendor Progressclaim.

Progressclaim.com logoThe CEO of the combined business is former Zuuse CEO Jason Lilienstein, who oversaw the Zuuse acquisition of FM provider BEIMS in April 2016. He said:

“The marketplace in the AECO sector is rapidly changing. Building and then managing assets and information across the full lifecycle (design> construct> operate) is undergoing significant transformation. Systems and processes are largely fragmented or paper based and manual. This inefficiency results in lost dollars, time, information, resources and materials.

“With the combined Zuuse and Progressclaim solution, we now have the leading software platform for construction and building operations globally. Our customers range from general contractors, subcontractors and asset owners through to asset and building managers who are thrilled to have a much deeper solution to utilise across the full asset lifecycle.”

“We have removed the reliance on disparate software products or manual processes for constructing or managing assets. Our customers can rely on the solution to handle everything from day to day operational issues to longer term, strategic issues on the construction or building site.”

The combined business has over 160 customers, located in Australia, New Zealand, UAE, UK, USA and Canada. These include asset owners and operators Fortescue Mining, Monash University, Reserve Bank of Australia, Spotless, Eden Park Stadium and Skycity Casinos and contractors Mirvac, Grocon, Built, Watpac, McConnell Dowell, Icon Co and ADCO.

According to the company, the combined offering during construction, the platform handles payment applications, defects, digital operations and maintenance manuals and 3D BIM during construction. This information is then seamlessly carried through to building operations where the platform takes care of asset management, work orders and maintenance management, visitor contractor registration, BIM in FM and lifecycle costing and management.

My view

The claim that Zuuse is “the leading software platform for construction and building operations globally” should be taken with a pinch of salt. There are competing platforms – not least Australia-based market leader Aconex, which provide much deeper functionality to support design, construction and handover phases (and Aconex’s March 2016 acquisition of Germany’s Conject added some FM capabilities, though it’s unclear whether these will continue to be developed significantly – in May, CEO Leigh Jasper told me: “In five years, we will have a SaaS FM product as part of the suite, but we are not actively building that at the moment”). Two UK businesses I’ve previously covered also spring to mind, spanning the asset delivery and asset management phases: iDox’s Mclaren and Styles & Wood subsidiary iSite which is largely focused on the property management sector.

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