Trimble Acquires Sketchup

This is a game changer. It certainly seems that Trimble has a much larger vision of where it wants to go than most of us would have guessed. This purchase of SketchUp gives them millions of new customers, most of which are not using Trimble products.

As part of the SketchUp platform, Trimble will also partner with Google on running and developing SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse, an online repository where users can find, share, store and collaborate on 3D models. I find this partnership to be interesting as well.

Trimble has a lot of pieces of a big puzzle now, such as Accubid, HHK, Meridian, Plancal, QuickPen, and Tekla. It will be interesting to see how they put them all together. There are millions of customers who will be watching.

There must be a few CEO’s that are talking about this.


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2 Responses to Trimble Acquires Sketchup

  1. Bill says:

    Gene, just when you think you’ve seen it all. Wow. Thinge are changing radically in this industry. I’m not evern sure “what” the industry is anymore. One thing is sure – the marketspace will be entirely different in a year or two from now…

  2. David Joshua Plager, AIA says:

    It is wise for Google to focus on being a Service Provider and not an Application Factory. When BimEarth Service is available, Sketchup models (public, community & private) will be stored by Customers and Visitors by BimCloud.

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