Sep 15, 2021

Trimble Construction One bridges models and finances gap

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Dominic Ellis
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Trimble rolls out Construction One to bridge project finances with field data and unveils SketchUp for iPad for 'on-the-go' designs

Trimble Construction One is a new connected, cloud-based construction management platform that is designed to drive speed, efficiency and accuracy at each phase of the construction project lifecycle.

The purpose-built connected construction management platform provides contractors with "the right information at the right time".

"The growing needs of our customers has always been our focus, and they've told us that connecting project finances with field and operational data is at the top of their wish list," said Matt Harris, Vice President and General Manager, Trimble Viewpoint.

"With Trimble Construction One, we offer expanded connections across the construction project lifecycle enabling better data for decision making. All existing ViewpointOne customers are now automatically on Trimble Construction One and have the opportunity to access additional benefits and flexibility."

Connected construction management software allows contractors to connect how they "Plan, Do and Manage" their construction projects and associated data for greater returns. Under Trimble Construction One, contractors can:

  • Plan Connect data from the planning phases of a project - Estimating, Design & Detailing, Content & Pricing Services - to the project actuals, leading to more predictable construction outcomes.
  • Do More efficiently do actual project work - Project Management, Field Management, Service Management and map that data back to the project, leading to optimal resource utilisation and cost savings.
  • Manage Spend less time on project administration, bringing Financial Management, Business Operations Management, Job Costing, Payroll and Procurement together with ongoing project completion rates to ensure greater overall efficiency and project profitability.

"From a preconstruction point of view, Trimble already connects thousands of distributors and contractors, and manages millions of manufacturer items, prices, labor and metadata," said Lawrence Smith, Vice President and General Manager, Trimble MEP.

"Now, under Trimble Construction One, estimating is connected to the ERP, so when the contractor has won the job, that estimate becomes the baseline budget for the project - and that information is put in the hands of the project manager efficiently, through our estimating to ERP integrations."

"Under Trimble Construction One, I'm not just looking at labor or costs, I'm looking at the actuals of what we got done and am able to project that at a very detailed level so I can understand how we're doing on a job," said Craig Lundskog, director of finance, Great Basin Industrial

Data Connections that Drive Value

With data connected under Trimble Construction One, contractors gain accurate real-time data and reporting, allowing them to make reliable strategic decisions such as: whether or not to take on a new project in a challenging time, when hiring should occur, or what the project margins are likely to be. Utilising both current and historical data, contractors can get a real-time view of all their projects, evaluate cost projections on projects to create better bids and ultimately discover problems or issues in time to address them.

"Being able to very quickly see where my projects are financially, where we are percentage completion wise, where we are with labour hours, where we are with quantities - all those things being in one place means fewer administrative hours," said Peter Hainsworth, Director of Operations, Ridgeline Electrical Industries. "With Trimble Construction One, I'll get better data right away and can make quicker decisions that are going to affect the outcome of the job."

As part of the Trimble Construction One launch, Viewpoint and its subsidiary brands will now operate as Trimble. Click here for more information.


Trimble has also announced today the beta launch of SketchUp for iPad, a new product that enables interior designers, architects, engineers and construction professionals to create, edit and collaborate on SketchUp models anywhere. 

SketchUp for iPad (Beta) is an accessible bridge for architects and designers looking to move from paper and pencil to creating 3D models using an iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, mouse and keyboard, or multitouch gestures. The app leverages 5G connectivity and offers a robust, native integration with the Trimble Connect collaboration platform, a cloud-based solution that enables file updates in real-time. This allows project stakeholders to collaborate effectively and users to move seamlessly between SketchUp for iPad, Web and Desktop. 

"With the features we've developed specifically for Apple Pencil, we're able to digitally emulate the paper and pencil sketching paradigm and provide a unique and compelling 3D modeling experience on iPad devices," said Christopher Cronin, Vice President and General Manager at Trimble SketchUp.

"The ability to create new designs and conceptual ideas whenever inspiration strikes and review and update SketchUp models on the go, whether on the jobsite, in a coffee shop or while meeting with clients, is something our professional users are requesting. We're excited to deliver a solution that fits how SketchUp users want to work today and into the future." 

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