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June 13, 2012

Autodesk buys Vela Systems to make BIM mobile


SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – Autodesk announced this week the acquisition of Vela Systems, a provider of cloud and mobile field management software for the construction industry. Autodesk in a press release said the addition of Vela Systems field management products to Autodesk’s growing portfolio of cloud and mobile products is helping to extend the value of BIM and project data to construction customers in the field. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“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. 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,” said Amar Hanspal, senior VP, Information Modeling and Platform Products Group, in a statement.

Based in Burlington, Mass., Autodesk said Vela Systems “extends the power of BIM with cloud and mobile technologies that enable project and company-wide programs for streamlined management of quality, safety, commissioning and field construction.” The reporting tools provide visibility into issues in the field, allowing for proactive management and resolution and more efficient project management. Vela Systems software and services are integrated with current Autodesk integrated project management software including Navisworks.

“Vela Systems has been a longstanding partner of Autodesk, and has been leading the charge in the field. 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,” said Josh Kanner, co-founder, of Vela Systems, in a statement.

You can see a demo of Vela’s technology here:


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