03 June 2020

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Interaction Trimble Buildings

 Trimble is keen to contribute to transformation in India’s built environment



ROB PAINTER, VICE PRESIDENT, TRIMBLE BUILDINGS oversees a broad portfolio of software, services and hardware-based solutions that are focused on optimising the complete Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of buildings. Painter who has more than two decades of leadership experience in business management, corporate development, and strategic planning, across a range of industries spoke to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES on the sidelines of a conference.



What is your current reading of India in terms of business opportunities?


My assessment of India is that I think it is a very attractive and important market with a very large population where economic reforms are taking hold. Right now is a very important time, where you have initiatives like smart cities that we are familiar with; there is a great deal of urbanisation taking place. The continued urbanisation is a very critical challenge and an opportunity for all the stakeholders. We at Trimble would like to be part of the transformation in the built environment here.




The timing one sees is significant from a brand transition point of view?


It is decidedly a significant moment and milestone since Tekla as a brand now transitions to Trimble. In terms of the overall Trimble strategy for the AEC and EPC space it is time to bring Tekla closer to Trimble solutions and also to ensure that the customer derives access to the larger Trimble portfolio of work solutions. It also allows us to benefit from anything that Tekla has achieved here in the last few years.




What is it that you are looking forward to do in India?


Trimble is basically organised into five main businesses and I run one of those. We’re called Trimble Buildings – it is one of the AEC spaces where we have many EPC solutions as well. So in the construction space we have a suite of solutions. We have software, hardware positioning solutions and professional solutions. I am responsible for this portfolio of solutions. We look at markets on a global basis with India as one of the prime markets. I am also responsible for the partner relationships that Trimble has. Therefore important to our strategy is open collaboration with our customers in terms of technology and solutions that are interoperable. I also have the responsibility to ensure that we are make partnerships with other players profitable.




Are you in a position to tell us of the partnerships you already have or are looking to forge?


Trimble has two joint ventures with Caterpillar. We also have a JV with Hilti whose software development team is located in Pune. Of course, moving forward, we as a global company would be looking deeper into the Indian market to offer project specific solutions.




Trimble has become a leading provider of integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) services and solutions. What makes Trimble a mainstay of the building industry?


Trimble Buildings, a part of Trimble's Engineering and Construction segment, is a world leader in solutions that optimise the complete Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of buildings. Our technology makes the building processes more productive, efficient and profitable. We have now expanded into 150 countries and have a robust dealer and distribution partner network in each of them. Incorporating the Trimble Connect collaboration platform and spanning top brands such as SketchUp, Tekla, Gehry Technologies, Proliance, Prolog, Vico Office, WinEst, Accubid, Manhattan Software, and more, Trimble's product and professional service offerings improves productivity, visibility and data interoperability, from simulation to renovation. Given the fact that Trimble’s integrated solutions allow users to collect manage and analyse complex information faster and easier, our customers look at Trimble as the mainstay of the building industry.




What makes BIM solution one of the emerging construction technologies?


With the passage of time, construction industry has passed through much advancement. One of them is emphasis on designing buildings before practically constructing these buildings. This is very beneficial to the builders as it helps to give a world class finished product and overcome any obstacles that may come up. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is one such computerized system that facilitates collecting information about buildings under construction on regular basis. Our system greatly enhances the communication among engineers and designers that are working on the project. Computer aided designing helps in designing flawless buildings as through computer simulations problems can be found and resolved before constructing buildings physically. For example, in our US market, using BIM is almost mandatory for the construction industry. This shows that the value of BIM helping the whole workflow has been better recognised. In India we aren’t quite there yet. Currently, many of the projects are still 2D based. At the same time complexity of construction industry is also growing and this would compel the contractors and engineers to adopt the BIM technology.




A report by Business Review Weekly states that the use of BIM in construction has the potential to save firms between 3 per cent and 5 per cent in costs. Can you tell us how BIM can impact not just design and construction, but also the economy?


Globally it has been established that BIM software permits different players in the construction chain from architects to engineers, building contractors and even asset owners to work collaboratively and more productively. BIM is the main facilitator of savings in the construction sector. The important factor is that project data can be used more effectively during the construction process and over the life of a building. A majority of savings can be achieved by tighter information flow with project designs agreeing with each other by the time essential tasks are commenced. BIM implementation ensures that the documentation is coordinated, timely and in an accessible form with agreement on information deliverables to ensure projects progress as planned. It can collect project team and contractors detailing so that all the strands of information agree with each other with clashes identified upfront thus reducing rework, conflicts, waste and delays and allowing opportunity for innovation and increased budget certainty.




For more than 35 years, Trimble has been creating unique positioning products. Where do you see the importance of the positioning products like GPS or wireless technology in construction segment?


Trimble operates in four main segments: Engineering & Construction, Field Solutions, Mobile Solutions, and Advanced Devices. Finding improved solutions serving the five key participants in infrastructure development: owners, s government agencies, surveyors, contractors, and Architecture, Engineering, & Construction (AEC) firms. Trimble Navigation Limited (Trimble) provides highly developed position-based solutions that enhance productivity and decrease costs across a range of industries. It integrates GPS (Global Positioning System), laser, optical, and inertial technologies with software, wireless communications, and services to provide complete business solutions in countries around the world. Trimble has one of the best location-based technology product portfolios. These technologies are used in industries like engineering, construction, surveying, geographic information systems (GIS) and mapping, and precision agriculture industries and their usage is bound to increase phenomenally as the construction sector grows. SketchUp, Tekla, Gehry Technologies, Proliance, Vico Office, WinEst, Accubid and Manhattan Software have made a name of themselves.


SketchUp is one of the most widely used 3D modeling software for architects, engineers, design and construction professionals around the world.The Builders, Architects and Engineers today feel the need to collaborate which has amplified the need to work together and share data rich models across the entire design, build and operate (DBO) lifecycle. To meet that need, Trimble Connect has been integrated directly with SketchUp, Tekla, Gehry Technologies, Proliance, Vico Office, WinEst, Accubid and Manhattan Software, and thereby allow teams to more easily access, reference, share and collaborate on projects in the cloud. This has enabled Trimble's product and professional service offerings to improve productivity, visibility and data interoperability, from simulation to renovation. Trimble is also dedicated to transforming the industry by increasing productivity, reducing waste and optimising schedules.By leveraging the solution and expertise provided through Trimble Connects integrated services communication and collaboration between the contractors, engineers and architects will be streamlined.




What role is Trimble playing in monitoring the introduction of BIM requirements for the construction workforce?


The students of today are the engineers, scientists, and managers of tomorrow. They in turn will make decisions regarding the use of new construction software such as BIM. Trimble supports educational institutions worldwide through grants, training and equipment donations.We at Trimble help these students with easy transition from education to a work environment by the introduction of an educational license program which allows students to familiarise themselves with industry-grade BIM software. This will also teach them the importance of collaboration and sharing project data.In addition, industry publications are an important medium to educate readers and industry professional on technology and new applications and we work with them as well. Government agencies can play a significant role in this acceleration by mandating higher quality metrics of work, tighter project timelines with incentives/disincentives, demanding less rework, and reducing carbon footprints with the application of greener technologies. All of us in the industry from manufacturers and media to academia and government have a responsibility to educate. We should all work together because in the end the customer will have a better experience. Trimble is playing the role of a BIM facilitator.



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