Trimble Acquires Scheduling Software Leader Linear
Germany-based Linear project provides Trimble with TILOS time and location planning software
Trimble has acquired privately-held Linear project GMBH, a worldwide provider of scheduling software for linear infrastructure projects. Linear project’s TILOS time and location planning software is used worldwide for highways, railways, pipelines, tunnels, water engineering, transmission line construction and other linear civil engineering projects.
Financial terms of the acquisition announced today were not disclosed.
“TILOS software is a significant addition to our corridor solutions portfolio,” said Alan Sharp, business area director for Trimble Heavy Civil Construction software solutions. “With the addition of TILOS, Trimble can better address the needs of project owners, engineers and civil contractors by enabling them to closely manage operations and execute their projects on schedule and within budget. The Linear project team brings a wealth of experience and an expansive customer base that includes many of the world’s largest contractors and rail network operators. We are very excited to have them join Trimble.”
Linear construction projects present unique challenges, because the work is not performed in a single location. TILOS software merges both the location and the schedule into one combined time and distance graphical view that changes dynamically as conditions change. By incorporating design details, construction challenges and the project schedule into one view, linear projects can be planned and managed more effectively by contractors, owners and civil engineers.
Recognizing the power of integrating planning and scheduling with operating and material cost information, Trimble has been collaborating with Linear since 2014 to create 3D constructible model interoperability between Trimble's Business Center-HCE office software and the TILOS software. TILOS expands Trimble’s portfolio of heavy civil construction solutions for corridors by adding time and cost into existing corridor workflow solutions, so stakeholders on linear construction projects can integrate TILOS planning and scheduling for time, location and resources capabilities with operating and material cost information from Trimble. “We now have the opportunity to leverage Trimble’s geospatial technologies to record jobsite progress automatically,” pointed out Hubert Geier, owner of Linear project. “The addition of TILOS to Trimble’s Heavy Civil Construction portfolio gives us the ability to collectively work on a more robust solution for linear infrastructure planning, execution and production control.”
About Linear Project
With headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany, Linear project is a leading provider of linear scheduling software catering to a global market via multi-channel distribution. In 1998, two leading construction companies began the development of TILOS software to enable the effective planning and control of linear projects by extending Gantt-chart-based project planning to time-distance diagram planning. Today, TILOS software is widely used on large, linear infrastructure projects globally.
About Trimble's Heavy Civil Construction Division
Trimble’s Heavy Civil Construction Division is a leading innovator of productivity solutions for the heavy and highway contractor. Trimble’s solutions leverage a variety of technologies, including Global Positioning System (GPS), construction lasers, total stations, wireless data communications, the Internet and application software. As part of the Trimble Connected Site strategy, these solutions provide a high level of process and workflow integration from the design phase through to the finished project — delivering significant improvements in productivity throughout the construction lifecycle.
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location, including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.