Welcome to 2016! Deals continue …

Welcome to 2016! Deals continue …

Happy New Year! May 2016 bring you nothing but happiness, health and prosperity! It’s starting the way 2015 ended: with news of acquisitions and divestitures. Nemetschek says that it has concluded its acquisition of all of the shares of Solibri. You may remember...
Nemetschek adds Solibri to its BIM offering

Nemetschek adds Solibri to its BIM offering

Do you BIM? If so, you’ve probably heard of Solibri, soon to be a Nemetschek company. Solibri makes what could be called quality assurance solutions for BIM, validating that models meet specific country/region and project standards and performing...
#YII2015 serves up clouds, photos, the IoT and more

#YII2015 serves up clouds, photos, the IoT and more

Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure (YII) conference is BIG by just about every measure. It’s 800ish people, drawn together to discuss the most complex infrastructure engineering challenges in the world. The venue is big, covering nearly 1/2 mile,...
SimSci boosts process performance, profit

SimSci boosts process performance, profit

You likely know that AVEVA and Schneider Electric Software are poised to merge, assuming due diligence and regulatory hurdles don’t throw up insurmountable obstacles. What will that mean for plant designers? For engineering and construction companies? For asset...
Field-to-office heats up, Trimble acquires PocketMobile

Field-to-office heats up, Trimble acquires PocketMobile

We need to get past the idea that design and engineering begin and end in an office, drawing room or lab; it’s time we joined much of the rest of  the business world by taking work to where it needs to be, even if that is outside the office. That’s enabled...
Bentley acquires e-on, CG for nature

Bentley acquires e-on, CG for nature

Bentley Systems,just announced that it has acquired e-on software, a French company that makes computer graphics technology specifically for natural environments. Think Minions (which I loved) or How to Train Your Dragon (didn’t see), and you’re on the...
Quickie: Hexagon acquires EcoSys for AEC project control

Quickie: Hexagon acquires EcoSys for AEC project control

I’m at the Siemens PLM analyst conference in Boston this week, but need to let you know that Hexagon is acquiring EcoSys to further its strategy of addressing broader AEC project challenges. EcoSys helps customers capture and manage project information related...
Aconex snaps up Worksite to boost construction efficiency

Aconex snaps up Worksite to boost construction efficiency

I don’t write about the smaller companies in our PLMish universe often enough — yet they create valuable solutions that are used successfully and profitably by customers around the world. One reason they fascinate me: they compete against suppliers who...
Trimble’s Fifth Element for the Connected Forest

Trimble’s Fifth Element for the Connected Forest

AEC acquisitions have been all the rage so far this year — and Trimble keeps the ball rolling with today’s announcement that it’s bought Fifth Element (no, that was a movie; this is forestry), based in Finland. Financial terms were not disclosed....