Trimble Construction Cloud Streamlines Projects

Nov. 9, 2022
Trimble developed the system with Microsoft

Trimble Construction Cloud is designed to streamline construction projects by linking project teams, data, processes, and stakeholders across all phases of the project. Trimble developed the system as part of its collaboration with Microsoft to “advance technology adoption and accelerate the digital transformation of construction,” according to Trimble.

Trimble Construction Cloud is powered by Microsoft Azure and uses services including Logic Apps, Azure DevOps, and Azure Kubernetes Service. It is also the sole construction industry cloud for Microsoft customers.

“Trimble Construction Cloud enables customers to accelerate and deliver improved business outcomes with data from native Trimble and ecosystem of services,” said Jennifer Lin, SVP and chief platform officer for Trimble, in a prepared statement. “It empowers project teams to design, construct, operate, collaborate, and learn with live data sharing. This unique approach leverages connected workflows, precise spatial data, and constructible models to modernize the entire ecosystem and accelerate customer success.”

Trimble Construction Cloud will launch as the cloud solution powering Trimble Construction One, a purpose-built connected construction management offering that includes rich field data, estimating, detailing, project management, finance, and human capital management solutions. Non-Trimble Construction One users can subscribe to Trimble Construction Cloud independently as a separate service.

What does Trimble Construction Cloud do?

The service includes four main functions designed to automate the flow of data and decision-making for more efficient and predictable business outcomes.

  • Common Data Environment: Task-specific point solutions have created the fragmentation of data and losses in handoffs, as construction is increasingly a mixed fleet world with different equipment, technology, software, and information—each of which handle different parts of the construction lifecycle. Trimble Construction Cloud features one centralized, common data environment that connects the office with site operations tools, enabling Trimble and non-Trimble solutions to automatically integrate into one usable data set. This provides enhanced data visibility and unites stakeholders across jobs, teams, and departments with the right information at the right time to make the right decisions.
  • Configured and Custom Workflows: Despite the number of repetitive tasks inherent to construction, most contractors still run their businesses manually, which is time-consuming and error prone. Trimble Construction Cloud solves this challenge with configured and customizable workflows that help project teams automate different aspects of their business with commonly used workflows, as well as by building and deploying their own around critical job roles and specific business objectives. The cloud's three configured workflows include a model-to-procurement built for Mechanical, Engineering and Plumbing (MEP); a model-to-fabrication for structures; and a civil bid-to-build for site management.
  • Live Data/Model Sharing: Collaborating across projects in real-time has always been difficult for project teams. Trimble Construction Cloud provides customers with the ability to subscribe to unique capabilities across Trimble and non-Trimble solutions such as Microsoft Teams that serve to enhance and facilitate collaboration across project teams. The Live Sharing capability allows for real-time model collaboration for both Trimble and non-Trimble solutions. With Live Sharing, multiple users can be in several Trimble solutions—such as Quadri, Trimble Connect and Tekla—and view model changes as they happen. Users with non-Trimble solutions can also collaborate in the same modeling process as well.
  • Trimble Developer Portal: Instead of reaching out to various organizations within a business to gain access to a report or specific type of data, Trimble Construction Cloud centralizes the discovery, learning, provisioning, support and successful application of APIs through the Trimble Developer Portal. An easily accessible, centralized portal is designed to facilitate faster onboarding and integration leading to more productive developer experiences.

“Cloud-based solutions are designed to take industries to the next level to compete in today’s marketplace,” said Casey McGee, VP of Global ISV Sales, Microsoft, in a statement. “Trimble Construction Cloud connects disparate systems and provides new workflows, so stakeholders have the visibility and fluidity they need to further enhance digital transformation.”

Source: Trimble