Trimble will acquire SketchUp, a 3D modeling tool, from Google. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter.
SketchUp is currently used for designing, modeling and visualizing projects. Users include architects, engineering and construction firms, and building and design professionals.
Trimble will partner with Google on running and further developing SketchUp's 3D Warehouse, an online repository where users can find, share, store and collaborate on 3D models.
“SketchUp and the corresponding 3D Warehouse provide an important element of our long-term strategy by
enhancing the integration of our field presence with the wider enterprise,” said Bryn Fosburgh, Trimble vice
president. “Trimble has already created the de-facto standard for field data models and project management tools
for our key markets. SketchUp, together with these existing capabilities, will provide a stand-alone and enterprise
solution that will enable an integrated and seamless workflow to reduce rework and improve productivity for the
customer. Users will be able to collect data, design, model, and collaborate on one platform. The combined
capability will enhance our ability to extend our existing market applications including the cadastral, heavy civil, and building and construction industries. In addition, the SketchUp platform will enable Trimble, third-party developers and our distribution partners to efficiently develop new applications.”