Read more about the acquisition here: http://news.autodesk.com/press-release/architecture-engineering-construction-civil-infrastructure-and-natural-resources/aut-0
So why is this purchase so “Profound”?
In my view it is NOT because of the two large players going at each other, as some would like to believe. It is because this is a strong step to put BIM into the hands of every day users! The software has always had the ability to do this, but recognition from the leading software manufacture in our market place sounds a larger message of importance.
To help those unfamiliar with point creation software and how it can impact your business let me try and briefly explain. In a lot of cases a ‘Virtual Model’ is no different than the architectural models we used to find (or in some cases still do) at a pre-bid meeting, sitting in the front under a glass case. They are pretty and very cool to look at, and in most instances taking a long time to craft to the liking of the owner. But, as a tradesman, I could not build from it! Even if it was assembled to scale with complete clash avoidance it served me no purpose. Hence, why I could not wait to get my hands on a set of drawings, like in so many occasions still today.
This is where the impact of point creation software comes into play. Knowing that most money is won and lost in the field during the building process, making a connection to a sure fit is “Profound” to so many. This impact carries over into operations and maintenance of the facility by having access to accurate as-built information. That is why making a geospatial correlation to the model for precise down and out measurements in the field puts this creation into the hands of the day-to-day laborer and increasing the user base of BIM. This also helps bring light that BIM is not a single source software, but a process we embrace.
There are some important things to learn here. The industry better take note that BIM is here to stay! This is what will define greater use of Building Information Modeling and Management. No longer will those using it as a check box to win an award find themselves in the hunt.
There will most likely be some more interesting mergers and acquisitions coming down the pipe over the next year. Compile this with other recent purchases, new players entering the market, and we will continue see the software mature. This will solidify the process for BIM and other technology adoption. Organizations will face the challenge of implementing practical BIM; even those that hoisted themselves to the tip of spear will find this to be a struggle. A movement like this will guarantee the shift so many of us have been talking about and exposing those for whom they are. The “BIMwashers” that have hid behind the smoke and mirrors of a visual model will be left behind. This is also a great indication that BIM is not a destination, but yet a journey we are just beginning.
I would like to leave you with this… “A Point is a Point!” Don’t over complicate it!