NEWS: Autodesk and Trimble sign interoperability agreement

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Leading AEC software firms will share APIs and developer tools to help improve file compatibility.

Over the past few years Trimble has worked closely with Bentley Systems to improve interoperability between their respective products. Trimble has now taken a similar path with Autodesk, the other major player in the AEC industry.

With the new interoperability agreement announced today, Trimble and Autodesk customers working on the same projects will be able to work together ‘seamlessly through optimised file compatibility’ across applications.

Trimble says the agreement will benefit architects, engineers, contractors and project owners by enabling more freedom to optimise technology workflows. The company also states that the collaboration demonstrates ongoing commitment to support open industry standards such as Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) and Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie)

Under the terms of agreement, Autodesk and Trimble will exchange Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and developer tools to build and market interoperable products. This, according to Trimble, will allow the two companies to improve upon existing data exchanges, as well as open up new workflows between their products, both in the office and on site.

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