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Thursday, April 26, 2012

#Trimble buys #Google SketchUp! WTF? Where does BIM go from here?

Thanks to Juliana for sending this to me a few minutes ago.  One of my fears at my last job was that Google would create a program that would be really economical and do what many current BIM programs do.  Google touts that Google Sketchup could be used by contractors and even Turner Construction released a press release last year that they were using Sketchup as part of their BIM process.  I always suspected Turner did that to piss off Autodesk for getting asked to pay more money for software after getting a super deal in the early days of BIM for construction.

Trimble, who has acquired Quickpen (for mechanical contractors) and Tekla Steel Fabrication already has some great solutions for contractors and BIM efficiency.  I've made some other blog posts today that showcase these other tools.

So, where does BIM go from here?  It's more and more about construction and not just about design. The more that companies get on board in speeding up the fabrication and installation process, the more those companies will win the BIM business.

This is also going to be all about interoperability and sharing of the information.  Will IFC be the winner?  Software vendors are going to have to share their data easily with others in order to stay in the game.  Archicad has figure this out with their IFC import and export tools and Autodesk is still behind in their efforts.  This is what the buildingSMART alliance is working on and you will all have to learn to share.

Source/Link: Trimble - Trimble to Enhance its Office-to-Field Platform

On April 26, 2012, Trimble announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SketchUp® from Google. SketchUp is one of the most popular 3D modeling tools in the world. As part of the SketchUp platform, Trimble will also partner with Google on running and developing SketchUp's 3D Warehouse, an online repository where users can find, share, store and collaborate on 3D models.

SketchUp is currently used by millions of users annually—ranging from architects to engineering and construction firms to building and design professionals – for designing, modeling and visualizing projects. The SketchUp product and its vision of "3D modeling for everyone" has allowed modelers worldwide, across a wide range of industries, to express design concepts easily, accurately and efficiently.

Trimble has created the de-facto standard for field data models and project management tools for its key markets. SketchUp and the 3D Warehouse, together with other Trimble Tools from Accubid, HHK, Meridian, Plancal, QuickPen, Tekla, Trimble Business Center and the Trimble Connected Community will provide a stand-alone and enterprise solution that will enable an integrated and seamless workflow to reduce rework and improve productivity for the customer. Users will be able to collect data, design, model, and collaborate on one platform. The combined capability will enhance our ability to extend our existing market applications including the cadastral, heavy civil, and building and construction industries. In addition, the SketchUp platform will enable Trimble, third-party developers and our distribution partners to efficiently develop new applications.


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