Trimble teams up with Google to acquire SketchUp®, a 3D modeling platform where users can share their 3D model creations globally.
This transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2012, subject to customary closing conditions and expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. While financial terms are not being disclosed the transaction is not expected to be material to 2012 earnings per share.
Used by millions of users annually, Google’s SketchUp® 3D Modeling Platform is popular amongst architects, engineering and construction firms, and building and design professionals for designing, modeling and visualising projects.
Express design concepts easily, accurately and efficiently
SketchUp® users benefit from its extensive third-party developer community that provides industry-specific solutions for a variety of customers. These benefits include:
- Collect data, design, model, and collaborate on one platform
- Create collections of models, including 3D Buildings, and share them with fellow modellers around the world
- Load, save and view models in 3D within SketchUp® or any web browser
“SketchUp and the corresponding 3D Warehouse provide an important element of our long term strategy by enhancing the integration of our field presence with the wider enterprise,” said Bryn Fosburgh, Trimble vice president.
“Trimble has already created the de-facto standard for field data models and project management tools for our key markets. SketchUp®, together with these existing capabilities, will provide a stand-alone and enterprise solution that will enable an integrated and seamless workflow to reduce rework and improve productivity for the customer.”
By using this 3D modelling system, Fosburgh asserts that it will enhance the company’s ability to extend their existing market applications including the cadastral, heavy civil, and building and construction industries.
“In addition, the SketchUp® platform will enable Trimble, third-party developers and our distribution partners to efficiently develop new applications,” Fosburgh continues.
“Trimble and Google will also continue to collaborate on utilising other Google tools for Trimble’s markets that, along with SketchUp®, will provide our customers innovative and productive tools that transform their work,” concluded Fosburgh.