Trimble to tack StruCad onto Tekla business
Move extends structural steel industry presence
by SPAR Point Group staff
January 03, 2012
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Trimble announced just before the New Year it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the
StruCad and StruEngineer business from AceCad Software to expand its
construction solutions. The addition of the software products is expected to
extend what Trimble calls "Tekla's industry leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions
for structural steel contractors to automate project estimating and management,
modeling and detailing." The acquisition is expected to close in the first
quarter of 2012. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Trimble acquired Tekla in 2011 for $489 million.
According to Trimble, "StruCad is a complete 3D structural detailing system for
steel detailers and fabricators. StruCad provides an environment for rapid
detailing automation, automatic fabrication shop drawings and computer numeric
control (CNC) machinery production deliverables. The software allows effective
collaboration between engineers, detailers and fabricators; enabling them to
derive more value when executing structural steel projects—through reduced
steelwork design, fabrication, construction schedules and costs."
StruEngineer "is an engineering software enabling 3D
steelwork modeling and construction management for engineering companies. Fully
compatible with the StruCad steel detailing system, StruEngineer compresses the
structural engineering layout and connection design in the conceptual phase to
also support more rapid and accurate estimating."
"We are excited to bring together market leading BIM
solutions for the structural steel space," said Risto Raty, vice
president of Tekla Corporation in a prepared statement. "At Tekla and Trimble,
we are focused on delivering constructible solutions to the AEC industry to
help our clients improve project delivery. Together with the StruCad and
StruEngineer business teams, we can provide deeper, richer solutions that
enable improved productivity for our structural steel clients and offer them
the opportunity to take advantage of our portfolio of tools."
In addition, according to the press release, Tekla will be partnering with AceCad Software
to integrate its BIM structures solution with AceCad's StruM.I.S. enterprise
resource planning (ERP) system. StruM.I.S is a steel fabrication management
information system that connects the information flow and work processes
through the steelwork contract between departments, suppliers and clients; from
estimate tendering, through procurement and production and into construction.
The software is used by engineering and fabrication companies to implement a
dedicated fabrication management information system to manage across all
departments including multiple sites or even across supply chains.
"We are pleased to be partnering with Tekla to create a
seamless workflow for our customers," said Richard Brotherton,
executive director of AceCad Software, in a statement. "Integration with Tekla's BIM
solution will further enable model and fabrication data to be processed through
The StruCad and StruEngineering business will be reported as
part of the Trimble's Engineering and Construction segment.