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....
AVEVA snaps up 8over8 for contract execution management

AVEVA snaps up 8over8 for contract execution management

Happy new year! It’s always exciting to start afresh and AVEVA gets 2015 off to a roaring start with the first PLMish acquisition of the year: it snapped up 8over8 Limited for its ProCon capital project risk management software platform. 8over8 says it’s...
Nemetschek acquires Bluebeam for $100 million

Nemetschek acquires Bluebeam for $100 million

Did you think the week was going to go by without any acquisitions? Nemetschek squeezed this one in, just before the start of the weekend. The company just announced that it will acquire Bluebeam Software, maker of Bluebeam Revu and other AEC-focused PDF creation,...
Nemetschek ups its BIM game

Nemetschek ups its BIM game

Nemetschek just announced that is has invested in a startup and acquired a majority stake in another company to level up its 3D Building Information Management (BIM) portfolio to include time (4D) and cost (5D) in project planning*. As I’ve written before, 4D/5D...