We are pleased to announce the acqusition of Building Data, which includes Building Data™ managed content and SysQue® software solutions. View the press release here.
This acquisition brings together two industry leaders with synergetic market strategies and product offerings; giving both Trimble & Building Data customers even greater experience, knowledge and capabilities from the leader in office to field solutions for MEP contractors.
What is Building Data and SysQue?
About Building Data
Building Data™ is a powerful content service solution for contractors and engineers. Offering an extensive library of "Managed Content" to companies and users looking to save time and money in their design and coordination processes.
Building Data for Autodesk Fabrication – Providing managed Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) construction content and configuration services in the ITM format for use with Autodesk® Fabrication CADmep™, ESTmep™ and CAMduct.
Building Data for Revit – Providing managed Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) construction content and configuration services in the RFA format for use with the SysQue product.
SysQue® lets you design in Autodesk® Revit® with real-world, manufacturing-specific content that’s ready for fabrication.
v200 - Create design models with dimensionally accurate MEP services for precise coordinated builds
- v400 - Build designs into physical reality with enhanced information that supports fabrication and construction coordination
Who is Trimble?
Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming a broad range of industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation and logistics.
Trimble's MEP division, is a leader in providing integrated software and hardware solutions for the MEP contractor and engineer. By connecting key workflows between estimating, design, fabrication, and installation, Trimble helps MEP contractors reduce project risk while increasing overall productivity and efficiency. Combined with deep domain knowledge in sub-trades as well as expertise in positioning technologies, Trimble offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for today’s MEP contractor.
What is the benefit and impact to current customers of Building Data and SysQue of this acquisition?
Customer success is the foundation of both Trimble’s and Building Data´s approach to business. Customers will continue to receive the same high level of service and support they have come to depend upon. Working with their familiar account and support teams and the broader range of professionals focused on customer care, they will find what they need to succeed from the industry’s broadest range of services and integrated technologies.
Why did this acquisition happen?
Our teams have worked in a development partnership for years. Along with a high degree of technical alignment and team familiarity, there is a shared vision that there is significant opportunity being the premier content provider for this market and that same content is key to stronger product integrations. After pursuing these goals separately, we decided that there was a greater efficiency to be had in a combined effort.
Will Building Data continue to support Autodesk Fabrication?
Yes, absolutely. With over 6 million parts available, there is no other content service which matches the Building Data offering. Building Data originated as a content service for the Autodesk Fabrication customer and will maintain its position as the leader for these product users.
Will Building Data and SysQue continue to support Revit?
Yes, absolutely. Markets such as North America, U.K. and Australia continue to center BIM requirements around the Revit platform. SysQue is currently the only MEP plugin for this platform, providing Trimble with substantial opportunity to lead the market with product offerings which match these requirements.
Will Trimble’s MEP division continue to offer their CAE & CAD software such as DuctDesigner 3D and PipeDesigner 3D?
Yes, Trimble will continue to offer and support their existing CAE & CAD software solutions. This acquisition will not result in the discontinuation of any existing CAE or CAD products.
Will Trimble’s MEP division continue to sell EastCoast CAD?
EastCoast CAD is a partner of Trimble and as long as that partnership agreement is in place, then we intend to continue to offer this product to through our division. Having solutions which are AutoCAD, AutoCAD MEP and Revit based offers us the best chance and meeting the client’s needs and we will continue to support that message as long as the product is available to our portfolio.
How will this change pricing and/or packaging when Building Data/SysQue subscription comes up for renewal? (Particularly for those whose renewals are fast approaching.)
We continue to review pricing options as part of our ongoing commitment to best serving our customers.
Who will be my contact person at Building Data and SysQue from now on?
Building Data and SysQue customers are encouraged reach out to their account managers and customer support contacts as usual.
What are the financial terms of the agreement?
The financial terms of the agreement are not disclosed.
Do Building Data, SysQue and Trimble share similar business partners and customers? Will all of these relationships be maintained?
We are committed to working with, maintaining and developing the business relationships with all existing partners and customers, and utilizing our collective strengths to increase our market presence, footprint and to deliver new and exciting solutions to the market.
What is the policy regarding any conversations around the roadmap?
Trimble is a publicly traded company. All forward-looking statements to external parties need to be avoided. Specifically, this means you may not make promises, either explicit or implied, that a certain feature will be shipped on a certain date without jeopardizing Trimble’s ability to recognize revenue from sales that may result from that promise until such time as the engineering team is actually able to ship the feature.