NEWS: Trimble and Frank Gehry Announce Strategic Alliance

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Trimble continues its AEC acquisition trend, this time bagging the technical expertise and products of Gehry Technologies

Trimble and Frank Gehry have announced that they have entered into a ‘strategic alliance’, in which Trimble acquires the LA-based software and consulting services arm of his practice, Gehry Technologies.

The companies made a joint statement to say they will ‘work to enhance the collaboration in the construction industry by further connecting the office to on-site construction technologies’. Gehry Technologies (GT) previously developed and sold Digital Project, a BIM tool based on Dassault Systemes Catia, which proved difficult to sell, so has recently been only used internally by GT in consultancy. However, its latest product Gteam, is what caught Trimble’s attention, GTeam is a ground breaking Web-based 3D file management and collaboration platform for advanced project delivery services for owners, architects, engineers, builders, fabricators and industry professionals. The solutions allow customers of all sizes to communicate more effectively, improve design and construction quality, and accelerate project cycle times.

“This merger is a dream for me. In Trimble, we find a partner who has like-minded ambitions and goals to create efficiencies in the AEC industry that allow the creativity of the architectural profession to flourish and deliver value-added creative solutions within the realities of our economic times. I am very excited to expand our mission with a great new partner,” said Frank Gehry.

“We are honored to enter into an association with Frank,” said Steven W. Berglund, president and CEO of Trimble. “His unique architectural vision has always challenged the conventional. Equally impactful are his views on the potential for transforming the entire design-build-operate continuum. Gehry Technologies has been key in allowing Frank to realize the potential of his designs without compromising cost or schedule. Together, we expect that our common commitment and our combined capabilities will accelerate the adoption of technology in this trillion-dollar industry with resulting breakout benefits. We are delighted with the prospect of working with Frank as he continues his strong personal advocacy for change in the construction industry.”

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