Quickie: Autodesk adds more estimating, Nemetschek adds digital sculpting

Dec 16, 2021 | Hot Topics

It feels a bit like a year-end flush of deal pipelines, with Nemetschek and Autodesk announcing the fourth and fifth acquisitions just this week in our PLMish world:

First, Autodesk said that it is acquiring ProEst, a cloud-based construction estimating solution that enables “construction teams to create estimates, perform digital takeoffs, generate detailed reports and proposals and manage bid-day processes”. These are unsexy but critical functions in moving a project from iffy or unprofitable to profitable: takeoffs are simply tallies: how many doors of type ABC do we need? Can we combine this project’s order with another to get a better volume discount? A simple question with real financial implications.

Autodesk says that ProEst will join the Autodesk Construction Cloud portfolio. No details of the transaction were disclosed, but it is expected to close by January 31, 2022. Nothing about the size of ProEst either, but “[t]he acquisition will have no material impact on Autodesk’s fourth quarter and fiscal year 2022 guidance presented on November 23, 2021” — which makes sense since it will be part of Autodesk for a very short time in fiscal 2022.

Next, and a bit tangentially, Nemetschek’s Maxon subsidiary will acquire the assets of Pixologic makers of ZBrush – what Nemetschek says is “an industry-leading and Academy-Award-winning digital sculpting and painting software –[with] a large global customer base comprising of film studios, game developers, designers, advertisers, illustrators, and scientists”. No details at all were given, but Nemetschek promises an update once the deal closes. Until then, read more about it here.