NEWS: Trimble and Nemetschek to focus on BIM interoperability

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Firms will use the Trimble Connect collaboration platform to integrate design modelling and 5D construction management workflows.

In what appears to be great news for improving interoperability in the AEC industry, Trimble has formed a strategic alliance with Nemetschek Group with a view to expanding the deployment of BIM across the entire Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of buildings.

To this end the companies intend to transparently share data formats and, much like the Trimble / Bentley Systems alliance of last year, tighten the connection of Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) solutions to real data from the field and real objects in the physical world. Both companies say they are committed to open standards and workflows.

“Across the DBO spectrum, customers want the freedom to choose the best tools for the job and the security of knowing those tools will work together. But too often they find that the data they need is not interoperable across their different software workflows,” said Bryn Fosburgh, vice president responsible for Trimble’s Construction Technology Divisions. “Our companies’ shared vision is to give users a choice, rather than dictate what they use. We’re pleased to partner with Nemetschek on these important initiatives.”

Trimble and Nemetschek plan use the Trimble Connect platform, Trimble’s cloud-based collaboration environment, to integrate design modelling and 5D construction management workflows and create close interoperability between selected Trimble solutions—including SketchUp, Tekla Structures, Vico Office, Trimble Prolog, Trimble Field Link and MEPdesigner for SketchUp—and solutions in the Nemetschek portfolio, such as Allplan, ArchiCAD, DDS, SCIA Engineering, Vectorworks and Nevaris.

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