Trimble and Nemetschek have established a strategic alliance to expand adoption of open approaches to building information modelling (BIM).
US-based IT provider Trimble (provider of, among other solutions, SaaS applications Trimble Connect and Project Sight – both launched in late 2014) and the Nemetschek Group (provider of the BIM+ common data environment and the Vectorworks BIM authoring application). According to the announcement (made today, 4 May 2015, in Germany), both companies are collaborating “to promote openness and interoperability across their solution portfolios.” It continues:
“Trimble and Nemetschek will share their extensive global market and technology expertise and collaborate on initiatives to drive a paradigm change in the development and adoption of technologies for the AEC industry and building owners. The companies intend to:
- Transparently share data formats to support new solutions and promote workflow interoperability between selected products across the DBO lifecycle…
- Support interoperability and the longevity of project data for the entire project lifecycle;
- Maintain their respective deep commitments to open standards and workflows for the benefit of the entire industry—rather than for any individual vendor.
Trimble and Nemetschek plan to leverage the Trimble Connect collaboration platform (announced in October 2014) to integrate workflows and create close interoperability between selected Trimble and Nemetschek solutions. The move might be interpreted as a concerted effort to help customers bypass other AEC software vendors which have lagged in their interoperability efforts. In July 2014, Nemetschek Vectorworks also formed an alliance with London-based SaaS vendor Asite.