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Trimble acquires Vico software assets


Trimble has acquired assets of privately-held Vico Software, of Boulder, Colorado, a manufacturer of 5D virtual construction software and consulting services. The asset acquisition extends Trimble's solutions for building construction and provides a platform to connect the information flow across the design-build-operate (DBO) lifecycle to improve cost management and optimize scheduling on complex building construction projects. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“Vico’s 5D Virtual Construction software solutions pioneered the category of 5D BIM for construction. With Vico’s capabilities Trimble is uniquely positioned to participate in the industry’s evolution from 2D to 5D management,” said Bryn Fosburgh, Trimble vice president. “Vico provides an important contribution in that evolution by connecting data from the virtual aspects to the physical aspects of a building construction project. It becomes the connection point that binds Trimble’s hardware and software suite of products together across the DBO lifecycle.”

5D is a progressive step of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process that provides a richer data context to 3D BIM. 5D intelligently links individual 3D model components with time and cost-related information, enabling project owners and Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) service providers to visualize the progression of construction activities and the related costs over time. This BIM-centric project management methodology connects cost, scope and schedule within a visual environment to provide contractors with the ability to proactively resolve issues and streamline project delivery.

“5D Management solutions help create a highly responsive, transparent and efficient construction supply chain,” said Mark Sawyer, president and CEO of Vico. “Vico’s acquisition by Trimble, the leader in delivering advanced technology to complex construction projects, will extend the value of our solutions inside a much broader product portfolio. Trimble has moved aggressively into this rapidly evolving technology segment, and together we are looking forward to driving the future of BIM for construction.”

The Vico Software business will be reported in Trimble's Engineering and Construction Segment.

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