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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Trimble to purchase Bentley (???)


While at AU, someone mentioned that there was something going on with Trimble.  He went so far as to say that Trimble gave a lot of money to Bentley and was going to buy the company.  When I asked another industry insider, they said they heard the same thing.  I thought it was a big secret until I found this press release today.  

After all of Trimble's other purchases, what harm could there be in the acquisition of a BIM authoring tool company.  There's also Project Wise which gets some great reviews.  Luckily, we have a Bentley Architecture expert in our office.  He sits next to the Archicad expert.  They both sit across from all of the Revit experts.  


It's times like these when life seemed so much simpler with just plain old AutoCAD and none of the other hundreds of programs surrounding BIM.  Will Trimble actually buy Bentley?  Would Bentley actually be willing to sell?  It's an interesting question and we'll just have to see how this mucks up the Autodesk vs Trimble BIM showdown.  




NEWS RELEASE

Trimble and Bentley Create Strategic Alliance to Enable Intelligent Positioning
for Large Infrastructure Project Sites

Trimble's Provisioning of the Connected Work Site and Bentley's Provisioning of Virtual Positioning 
Leverages 3D Precision for Construction and Operations Quality, Efficiency, and Safety


LAS VEGAS, Nov. 5, 2012 — Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, and Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB), the leading provider of connected construction solutions for heavy, civil, and building contractors, today announced a strategic alliance to further the connection between the virtual and physical environments for infrastructure projects. This alliance will establish a new benchmark for construction and operations quality, efficiency, and safety. Working smarter, together, and employing advanced information mobility innovations, the exchange of physical and virtual data can now be more easily leveraged by engineers and contractors to reduce project risk while increasing overall productivity.

The annoucement was made at Trimble Dimensions 2012.

In the resulting immersive environment, physical and virtual information can be used to improve and validate on-site construction processes. The seamless exchange of information between the virtual and physical can be achieved by utilizing a selection of Trimble's field positioning technologies, such as robotic total stations, 3D laser scanners, and global navigation satellite system (GNSS) positioning solutions, and Bentley's information modeling software—with work sharing and dynamic feedback being securely managed in ProjectWise.

Trimble CEO Steve Berglund said, "Trimble's goal is to provide our users with world-class integrated positioning solutions that allow them to collect, manage, and analyze complex information faster and easier. Our collaboration with Bentley will provide engineers and contractors with greater insight into construction problems and enhanced positioning solutions. It will also enhance the application of the constructible model to bringing engineering and construction data to the field and back."

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, "In working with Trimble, whose leading-edge technologies many of our major project delivery user organizations already rely upon, we together realized there's a combination of our offerings that can uniquely provide benefits to construction processes that neither could independently. In particular, through the intrinsic 'geo-coordination' in Bentley's applications and ProjectWise geospatial services, almost every project's information modeling content is virtually positioned with engineering precision in the 'project space.'

"Intelligent positioning now enables these engineering models to be real-time and real-place referenced, from and into mobile devices in the field, through immersive environments from both Bentley and Trimble. Users piloting the integration of physical positioning from Trimble with virtual positioning from Bentley, facilitated by information mobility innovations, have identified significant savings of time and money, and continue to uncover new benefit cases."

About Trimble Buildings Group

Trimble Buildings, a part of Trimble's Engineering and Construction segment, is a world leader in construction project optimization across the design-build-operate (DBO) lifecycle. By providing intuitive software and field solutions that span the brands of Accubid, Meridian Systems, Plancal, QuickPen, SketchUp, Tekla, Vico Software and WinEst, Trimble is dedicated to helping building owners and AEC service providers improve productivity, increase efficiencies and maximize profitability of construction projects across the entire workflow from simulation to renovation. Used in over 141 countries around the world and supported by a global dealer and distribution partner network, precision Trimble technology is a mainstay of the building industry. Trimble Buildings' leading technology platform, Trimble DBO, draws on unparalleled expertise from across the entire continuum to provide building professionals with a comprehensive solution that responds to their specialized needs while benefiting from an understanding of the total workflow at every step.

About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. For additional information about Trimble, visit http://www.trimble.com.

About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Bentley Systems applies information mobility to improve asset performance by leveraging information modeling through integrated projects for intelligent infrastructure. Its solutions encompass the MicroStation platform for infrastructure design and modeling, the ProjectWise platform for infrastructure project team collaboration and work sharing, and the AssetWise platform for infrastructure asset operations - all supporting a broad portfolio of interoperable applications and complemented by worldwide professional services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in 50 countries, more than $500 million in annual revenues, and since 2003 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com and in Bentley's annual report. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley's Year in Infrastructure publications. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Be Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visitwww.bentley.com/500.

Bentley, the 'B' Bentley logo, Be, MicroStation, and ProjectWise are either registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of Bentley Systems, Incorporated or one of its direct or indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.


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