LOS ANGELES—Trimble and FrankGehry have entered into a strategic alliance tocollaborate to transform the construction industry by furtherconnecting the office to on-site construction technologies. As partof the alliance, Trimble has acquired GehryTechnologies, the software and consulting servicesbusiness that has been instrumental in delivering Frank Gehry'svisionary designs while keeping cost and schedule in line for hisclients.
The alliance combines deep Architecture, Engineering andConstruction (AEC) industry experience with advancedconstruction technology to empower visionary designers such asGehry Partners to build groundbreaking projects on time, underbudget and without change orders—enabling designers, builders andoperators to collaborate more efficiently.
"This merger is a dream for me. In Trimble, we find a partner whohas like-minded ambitions and goals to create efficiencies in theAEC industry that allow the creativity of thearchitectural profession to flourish and deliver value-addedcreative solutions within the realities of our economic times. I amvery excited to expand our mission with a great new partner," saidFrank Gehry.
"We are honored to enter into an association with Frank," saidSteven Berglund, president and CEO of Trimble."His unique architectural vision has always challenged theconventional. Equally impactful are his views on the potential fortransforming the entire design-build-operate continuum. GehryTechnologies has been key in allowing Frank to realize thepotential of his designs without compromising cost or schedule.Together, we expect that our common commitment and our combinedcapabilities will accelerate the adoption of technology in thistrillion-dollar industry with resulting breakout benefits. We aredelighted with the prospect of working with Frank as he continueshis strong personal advocacy for change in the constructionindustry."

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Based in Los Angeles, Gehry Technologies is an AEC technologycompany that provides design and project management solutions,consulting services and project collaboration software tools. GehryTechnologies solutions include GTeam( software, aWeb-based 3D file management and projectcollaboration platform, building informationmodeling (BIM) technology as well as advanced projectdelivery services for leading owners, architects, engineers,builders, fabricators and industry professionals worldwide. Thesolutions allow customers of all sizes to communicate moreeffectively, improve design and construction quality, andaccelerate project cycle times.
Gehry Technologies' consulting services aid in the design,execution and management of the build environment. With a globallydistributed team of architects, engineers, builders and computerscientists, the company delivers solutions that define and optimizeproject delivery processes and tools, enabling creativearchitecture with integrated engineering, high-precisionfabrication and assembly, and improved risk management.
The combination of Gehry Technologies solutions and professionalservices with Trimble's broad technology portfolio in positioning,BIM, analytics and visualization, automated machine guidance andreal-time telematics accelerates total lifecycle solutions thatwill allow architects, engineers, contractors andowners to access data captured during the buildingplanning, design, construction and renovation phases, providingdeeper insight, better operating decisions and better assetperformance.
Gehry Technologies will be reported in Trimble'sEngineering and Construction Segment. Financialterms were not disclosed.
Gehry Technologies grew out of the pioneering efforts of FrankGehry and his team at Gehry Partners to adapt methods derived fromthe aerospace and automotive industries to complex projects ofarchitecture, engineering and construction. By working in a shared3D digital environment and collaborating across disciplines tobring fabrication expertise into the design process, Gehry Partnersachieved unprecedented projects while realizing tight control ofbudgets, schedules and quality.
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers inbusinesses and government significantly more productive. Solutionsare focused on applications requiring position orlocation—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet andasset management, public safety and mapping. In addition toutilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS,lasers and optics, Trimblesolutions may include software content specific tothe needs of the user.

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David Phillips

David Phillips is a Chicago-based freelance writer and consultant with more than 20 years experience in business and community news. He also has extensive reporting experience in the food manufacturing industry for national trade publications.