US: Trimble and the Nemetschek Group have formed a strategic alliance to expand the deployment of BIM across the entire Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of buildings. The alliance will highlight collaborative approaches to design modeling and 5D construction management through data integration between a variety of the companies' products.
Both companies plan to leverage the Trimble® Connect collaboration platform to integrate 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. "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.