Trimble has acquired Vianova Systems AS, a Norwegian company specializing in Building Information Modeling (BIM) software for infrastructure design software solutions across the European region. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“The combination of Vianova Systems’ Building Information Modeling capabilities and Trimble’s ability to drive constructability into workflows will optimize both site and project processes. With Vianova Systems, we can now deliver solutions for the owner, engineer and contractor to more closely collaborate on civil projects,” says Roz Buick, vice president of Trimble's Civil Engineering and Construction Division. “The resulting set of solutions will enable significant efficiencies, driving greater transformation in the industry.”

The acquisition of Vianova Systems includes the company’s wholly-owned operations in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, plus partly owned subsidiaries in Benelux and France. Other associated Vianova companies in Norway and internationally are not included in the acquisition.

Vianova Systems is a pioneer in the development of software leveraging advanced BIM technology for the civil engineering market and infrastructure lifecycle management across road, rail, sea and air infrastructure design. The company offers a portfolio of solutions for civil engineers, civil contractors and project owners. These solutions include specialist tools for road, rail, utility, site, bridge and tunnel civil design, advanced geotechnical analysis and sophisticated model-based multi-user collaboration tools.

In addition, the tools include civil design project tracking, design model traceability and automated design change monitoring. Vianova Systems has a strong record of delivering infrastructure management solutions for national road and rail authorities, with the goal of bridging the gaps between design, construction and maintenance.

Trimble is focused on leveraging the Constructible Model to maximize efficiencies across the design-construct-maintain project lifecycle with the goal of achieving a leaner asset ownership lifecycle. The constructible model enables stakeholders to visualize, sequence, clash-detect, collaborate and optimize processes — significantly reducing the number of design errors and conflicts, while also increasing the accuracy and quality of the work performed.

The acquisition of Vianova Systems will extend Trimble’s Connected Site portfolio. Trimble’s Connected Site is an extensive information management solution that provides a high level of process and workflow integration to optimize operations from the design phase through to the finished project — delivering significant improvements in planning, real-time project management and productivity throughout the construction lifecycle.

 “Vianova Systems has a vision of full digitization and collaboration using holistic building information modeling across the design, construction and maintenance phase of public and private infrastructure,” says Idar Kirkhorn, CEO for Vianova Systems. “The addition of our solutions to Trimble’s leading portfolio of construction positioning and workflow automation solutions extends our collective ability to deliver the constructible model as early in the lifecycle as possible.”

Vianova Systems AS is an international pioneer in Scandinavia within civil engineering software for designing transport infrastructure. By collaborating closely with key public and private industry organizations, the company develops technology-leading solutions that provide world-class results for the individual user, customer, partner and society. Founded on a model-based, multi-discipline software vision, Vianova Systems pioneered infrastructure design tools with its Novapoint design applications for road, rail, sea and air infrastructure design. With this philosophy, the company has also developed its BIM for infrastructure solution Novapoint and Quadri that provide tangible lifecycle benefits for infrastructure projects.

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.