SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Autodesk Inc. has announced the acquisition of Vela Systems, a provider of mobile field management software for the construction industry. According to Autodesk, the addition of Vela Systems field management products will help extend the value of building information modeling (BIM) to 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 vice president, Information Modeling and Platform Products Group.

Vela Systems reporting tools are said to provide visibility into issues in the field, allowing for proactive management and resolution, rather than taking a time-consuming reactive approach. Vela Systems software and services are integrated with current Autodesk integrated project management software including Autodesk Navisworks, a set of integration, analysis, and communication tools for project review for the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.

“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.

With the Vela Systems integration, Autodesk said users can visualize the as-designed building in the field to improve quality and achieve design intent; streamline reviews; save money with more efficient workflows by linking physical tasks to a virtual model; and capture critical data on materials, systems, and equipment.

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Publication date: 7/9/2012