Two software vendors, CMiC and Vico Software, are forming a partnership to develop integration between their offerings for “enterprise resource planning” and building information modeling. The effort, if completed, would result in a framework for design and construction users of BIM tools to integrate BIM data with business functions, such as procurement and contract management, throughout the construction cycle between all operational departments of a firm, say the vendors. The goal is a product that will allow BIM information to flow seamlessly across an entire organization, not simply within an organization’s specific project. This would eliminate the need for re-entering
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.