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March 31th, 2017 – GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, is delighted to announce that it acquired 100% shares of B&L CAD Systemhaus GmbH, Hannover, Germany on Friday March 31th. This will significantly enhance the GRAITEC Group presence especially inside the DACH region and strengthens the European Platinum partnership with Autodesk.
Founded in 1997, B&L is based in Hannover with 35 employees and six regional offices throughout Germany: Hannover, Kiel, Hamburg, Bremen, Siegen and Essen. B&L is an Autodesk Gold Partner and is active in both the Manufacturing sector as well as the growing AEC market place. B&L has over twenty years’ experience in the sale and implementation of CAD and BIM solutions, is an authorized Autodesk Training Center (ATC) and is also part of the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN).
GRAITEC has had an established market presence in Germany since 2002 through its subsidiary “GRAITEC Innovation GmbH” and is a key player with a strong focus on the Steel Industry market sector selling Autodesk Advance Steel software, as well as providing Advance Steel training, support consultancy and development services.
GRAITEC has purchased B&L to reinforce its position in the BIM market and contribute to its considerable growth throughout the Autodesk VAR network and DACH market region covering Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
This move will provide significant benefits to B&L customers with the addition of the GRAITEC product line, most specifically the GRAITEC PowerPack for Revit – an extensive range of unique tools and functions designed to improve productivity when working with Autodesk® Revit®. PowerPack for Revit available exclusively from GRAITEC.
GRAITEC acquired 100% of B&L shares on March 31th 2017. The price of the acquisition has not been disclosed. For the time being, B&L will continue to operate under the B&L brand, maintaining its working principles for clients and partners. In a second phase, it is planned to merge the two German operations under the single Graitec brand.
Stephan Banjac, B&L CEO comments: “We are very excited about becoming part of an international group who share B&L’s projected vision about BIM. Through GRAITEC, B&L will become part of one of the top 5 Autodesk resellers in the world and will also benefit from access to a completely new product portfolio, previously unavailable to our customers. These new developments will provide an immediate benefit to all B&L customers, especially when the importance of Building Information Modelling has been evaluated at the state level."
Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC President adds: “This acquisition is the second one during 2017, reinforcing the GRAITEC strategy to become a global leading BIM provider and delivering real benefits to customers whilst accelerating BIM adoption around the world. Complementing the existing GRAITEC office in Germany, the purchase of B&L and its regional offices, will significantly strengthen GRAITEC’s position in the DACH countries.”
March 2016 – GRAITEC is excited to announce that today over 1000 downloads of its Revit® and Advance Steel apps and add-ons was reached on the Autodesk App Store.
GRAITEC apps and add-ons for Autodesk flagship products Autodesk® Revit® and Autodesk® Advance Steel include a comprehensive collection of practical tools that help with everyday tasks, such as password protecting Revit® Families, advanced rebar modelling and detailing for Revit®, and even a building designer for Advance Steel which helps the user create an entire steel building in a few minutes.
Available in multiple languages, GRAITEC apps and add-ons are now attracting the attention of users from all disciplines and from all corners of the globe.
Carl Spalding, Product Strategy Director comments “We already see thousands of downloads directly from our own website, but seeing similar numbers achieved from a platform such as the Autodesk Store, which is directly linked to users across the globe, is very encouraging and enabling us to reach a range of new customers.”
With some apps having only been made available for several weeks, such as the apps and add-ons for Autodesk® Advance Steel, the accelerating rate at which GRAITEC apps and add-ons are being downloaded from the Autodesk Store and by users across the globe is extremely encouraging.
Carl continues “With many more tools planned for future releases and new apps due to be added in the coming months, we expect to see the number of downloads accelerate as more and more users turn to the Autodesk® App Store in search of tools that help them get their projects done quicker.”
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GRAITEC is delighted to announce its file collaboration and interoperability app for Revit, BIM Connect 2016, is now available as a free download directly from the Autodesk Exchange App Store.
This powerful, free extension for Autodesk® Revit® from GRAITEC provides bi-directional, intelligent Structural Building Information Modeling (BIM) model sharing, including the transfer of FEM results data, between GRAITEC Advance BIM Suite (Advance Design, Arch, SuperSTRESS, …) and Autodesk® Revit® Architecture, Autodesk® Revit® MEP, Autodesk® Revit® Structure and Autodesk® Advance Steel products.
Sharing both the geometrical shapes, including dynamic concrete-section mapping to Revit Families, together with analytical FEM results, creates a new pathway of intelligence-driven BIM workflows which assures a more robust ‘platform’ ready to utilize the high-level of automation promised by next-gen BIM technology.
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The acquisition of Total CAD Systems, Inc., stands testament to the Group’s long term commitment to its customers and widely publicized rapid growth strategy. GRAITEC Group is now uniquely the only Autodesk Platinum Partner operating across United States and Europe.
Total CAD Systems, Inc. brings with them over 200 years of collective industry knowledge and has a proven track record of delivering first class quality service and high customer satisfaction. This outstanding customer service and their affiliations with the Texas Society of Architects, Structural Engineers Association of Texas and American Society of Civil Engineers remain a priority at GRAITEC and Total CAD Systems, Inc. Customers can be assured this will continue as the team remains unchanged and new staff are brought on board.
Now with the full support of a major international group, Total CAD Systems, Inc. will gain an extended capacity to deliver a new range of professional services around BIM and deliver more value to customers with an extended portfolio of unique complementary products. An increased investment capacity will, in time, enlarge the operational area and expand focus to include advanced simulation and fabrication management systems to better serve current and new customers.
Total CAD Systems, Inc. will continue to operate in the US under its own brand, maintaining its strong position as an Autodesk Platinum Partner (VAR) while GRAITEC continues to operate across the US and Northern America as an Autodesk ISV partner for Advance Steel.
Roger Padamada, owner of Total CAD Systems, Inc. comments: "The ambition of Total CAD Systems is to consistently offer a high level of technical expertise. Our dedicated staff is passionately committed to providing the highest quality customer service. We were impressed and immediately attracted by the vision and strategy of GRAITEC and are extremely happy to be part of a highly professional and customer focused company. We are confident that the company and our customers are in very good hands.”
Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC CEO adds: “GRAITEC has a long standing history as an Autodesk partner and is currently one of the fastest growing international Autodesk VAR. Our expansion in the US market is testament to our continued growth strategy and reaction to the growing demand for our BIM technology and services in America. This acquisition is very exciting and reflects our strong motivation to become a major VAR player in the US and strengthens our global BIM technology and service offering.”
The GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Revit® is now available on the Autodesk Exchange App Store. GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Revit®is packed with a wide range of powerful tools and utilities that deliver increased productivity and efficiency for Revit® users across all industries and is free to Graitec current subscription customers.
The Autodesk Exchange App Store (also accessible from within the Autodesk product) is an extensive online market place for third-party add-ons and extensions to Autodesk products.
GRAITEC Advance PowerPack for Autodesk® Revit® is available as a free trial and to purchase as a 12 month desktop subscription from the Autodesk Exchange App Store. 24 and 36 month subscription options can be purchased directly from GRAITEC.
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