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Autodesk extends reach of BIM

11 Jun 12 Autodesk has bought Vela Systems, a provider of cloud and mobile management software for the construction industry.

Vela's customers include Balfour Beatty
Vela's customers include Balfour Beatty

The addition of Vela Systems products to Autodesk’s portfolio of cloud and mobile products is intended to extend the value of building information modelling (BIM) and project data to construction customers in the field. 

Vela's customers include Balfour Beatty and Skanska.

“BIM has tremendous value in the planning and design aspects of construction projects, but if you can’t get that rich data into the field, at the point of construction, you are leaving out the critical ‘last 100 yards’ in the process,” said Amar Hanspal, Senior Vice President, Information Modeling and Platform Products Group. “Integrating Vela Systems and its cloud and mobile products with the Autodesk BIM portfolio transforms the business of construction, delivering valuable information to job sites anywhere in the world.”

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The products of Vela Systems are designed to extend BIM using cloud and mobile technologies, with reporting tools that provide immediate visibility of issues in the field. The aim is to allow for proactive management and resolution.

Vela Systems software and services are integrated with Autodesk integrated project management software including Navisworks, the set of integration, analysis, and communication tools for project review.

“Vela Systems has been a longstanding partner of Autodesk, and has been leading the charge in the field,” said Josh Kanner, co-founder of Vela Systems. “The confluence of cloud computing, iOS mobile devices like the iPad and BIM has enabled a new way to deliver and manage construction projects of all types. With the acquisition, we will accelerate this revolution in field management through a broader solution and greatly enhanced distribution.”

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