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November 05, 2012

Vico Acquisition Extends Trimble Solutions for Building Construction

Trimble (News - Alert) applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Its software and hardware solutions are applicable across a wide spectrum of the industry, ranging from surveying and construction, to public safety and mapping.

By acquiring the assets of Vico Software, Inc., well known for its 5D virtual construction software and consulting services, Trimble has moved aggressively into this rapidly evolving technology segment.

According to Mark Sawyer, president and CEO at Vico, the 5D management solutions have helped create a responsive, transparent and efficient construction supply chain.

Vico's 5D virtual construction software solutions pioneered the category of 5D BIM, which is a progressive step of the building information modeling (BIM) process, which claims to provide a richer data context to 3D BIM.

With Vico's capabilities, Trimble is uniquely positioned to participate in the industry's evolution from 2D to 5D management.

While this is expected to enable service providers to visualize how construction activities and related cost will evolve over time, it will simultaneously extend the value of Vico's solutions inside a much broader portfolio.

Building owners, contractors and construction managers use Vico software and services, and Trimble's acquisition is expected to improve cost management and optimize scheduling on complex building construction projects.

"Vico provides an important contribution in that evolution by connecting data from the virtual aspects to the physical aspects of a building construction project. It becomes the connection point that binds Trimble's hardware and software suite of products together across the DBO lifecycle," said Bryn Fosburgh, vice president at Trimble.

 Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Trimble introduced its next-generation UHF RFID reader module, designed to be embedded into a wide variety of handheld, portable and stationary devices. The exceptionally small size and powerful performance of the Mercury6e-Micro (M6e-Micro) yields increased efficiency, reduced development costs and time-to-market advantages for RFID applications.

Edited by Braden Becker

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