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BIM for building services specialist Amtech bought by US giant Trimble

US construction technology giant Trimble has acquired Milton Keynes construction software and building services BIM specialist Amtech Group for an undisclosed sum.

Pat Bohle, general manager of Trimble’s MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing ) Division said: “With the addition of Amtech, Trimble continues to reinforce its goal of providing a complete portfolio of building construction solutions while strengthening our commitment to meet the unique needs of the European MEP market.

Amtech’s strength lies in its ability to offer localised content and pricing information combined with construction software while providing users with intuitive work processes for optimal efficiency and productivity in the office. In addition, Amtech provides Trimble the ability to expand its distribution channel in Europe to offer MEP contractor solutions.”

Tim Holland, chief financial officer of Amtech said: “Amtech’s solutions are dedicated to improving the productivity of the building contractor and engineer.

By combining Amtech’s office solutions with Trimble’s depth of worksite productivity solutions—including field layout, scanning, mobility and more—we are excited to provide an even greater integrated office workflow for the building contractor and engineer.”

Amtech provides Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) construction software solutions for specification, design, estimating, procurement, construction management and operation, and in recent years had become a major player in Building Information Modelling (BIM). The firm acquired estimating software specialist the Estimation group in 2007.

The firm sells a range of products including LUCKINSlive.com: a content and pricing service solution for contractors and Enterprise Estimating: estimating software that, when combined with LUCKINS pricing data, gives contractors the ability to have up-to-date pricing information for accurate and competitive bidding.

Other products include

  • ProDesign: leading electrical design software that provides full electrical design and calculations to BS 7671.
  • NES: a specification compiling software containing a comprehensive library of clauses that engineers can select and edit to create complete project specifications.
  • ArtrA: a 3D asset integrity management system that enables users to share and maintain data about highly complex or bespoke assets, plant and equipment in support of BIM models and facilities management workflow and processes.

Trimble said: “Integrated software solutions throughout the construction workflow are rapidly becoming a requirement by construction and engineering firms allowing them to streamline processes, increase visibility into costs, and ultimately complete jobs quicker, on budget and on-time.

Trimble’s focus is on the deployment of integrated solutions for the construction and engineering community from initial engineering and bidding projects to construction and project completion.”

The firm said its Design-Build-Operate (DBO) vision extends the concept from estimating and design to project management and field solutions for installation. “The result is a more efficient and accurate project, enabled through the collaboration of the project’s trade groups, and interconnected through the use of office and field tools.

The integration of Amtech’s software solutions with Trimble’s office and field solutions will enable a compelling set of dedicated MEP workflows and productivity solutions for MEP contractors and engineers.”

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