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Paris, France, December 20, 2019 - Apax Partners announces the acquisition of GRAITEC, publisher and distributor in Europe and America, of BIM (Building Information Modelling software for design, calculation, simulation, manufacturing and collaborative management.
Apax Partners has signed an acquisition protocol for a majority stake in GRAITEC alongside its founder Francis Guillemard and the management team who are significantly reinvesting in the transaction.
GRAITEC offers software solutions that meet the digitalization needs of the architecture, engineering and construction industries through a portfolio of innovative products, both developed internally and by its historical partner Autodesk, the world leader in BIM solutions.
The company enjoys Autodesk Platinum reseller status across Europe and Gold in the United States, Canada and Russia. With nearly 550 employees and a network of 48 offices in 13 countries, GRAITEC distributes its solutions to 15,000 customers, representing nearly 135,000 active users.
Francis Guillemard, Founder and Chairman of the GRAITEC Group, said: "Thanks to Apax as a new investor, GRAITEC aims to become a leader in BIM by expanding its existing software portfolio and developing the distribution of innovative BIM solutions. This will include an ambitious acquisition strategy for which we have strong support from our new partner."
Gilles Rigal and Thomas de Villeneuve, Partners at Apax Partners, said: "Under the leadership of its founder Francis Guillemard, Manuel Liedot - CEO - and his management team, GRAITEC has grown very rapidly over the past few years. TODAY, GRAITEC is a reputable company with a large international presence, with high growth potential, market leader. We are pleased to support Francis Guillemard and his teams in their very active development ambitions, notably through the acceleration of its international expansion and the consolidation of other players in the market for software solutions for digitalization of construction."
Bertrand Limoges, Associate Director at Isatis Capital, welcomes this transaction and is very pleased with Isatis Capital's contribution to the development of GRAITEC Group over the past five years, by supporting its executives in their transformation from value-up SMEs to added to international ETI.
About Apax Partners
Apax Partners is one of Europe's leading private equity firms. With more than 45 years of experience, Apax Partners supports companies over time to become leaders in their sector. The funds managed and advised by Apax Partners amount to more than 3.3 billion euros. These funds invest in fast-growing SMEs and ETIs in four specialization sectors: TMT, Consumer, Health and Services.
Apax Partners, based in Paris (www.apax.fr), and Apax Partners, based in London (www.apax.com), have a common history but are two independent companies.
Founded in 1986, an international group, GRAITEC's mission is to support the digital transformation of its customers by offering software solutions, consulting and training in the field of BIM.
GRAITEC is a high value-added BIM solutions company for design, computing, simulation, manufacturing and collaborative management, and an Autodesk® Platinum partner in Europe and GOLD in North America and Russia.
Present in 48 agencies in 13 countries around the world, with more than 550 employees, including more than 200 BIM consultants, GRAITEC is focused on innovation whose products are used by more than 100,000 construction professionals worldwide.
About ISATIS Capital
ISATIS Capital is an independent management company that invests in profitable, growing SMEs and supports them sustainably.
The ISATIS Capital team, with 18 years of experience, now manages more than 400 million euros through Professional Investment Capital Funds dedicated to institutional clients, FIP and FCPI distributed in private banks and with wealth management advisors, as well as through the perpetual CPF Isatis Capital Life and Retirement for life insurance contracts and retirement products.
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September 2019 – GRAITEC, a truly international BIM, Design, Simulation, Fabrication and Data Management software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Partner across Europe, Russia, USA & Canada, is delighted to announce it will be holding a global BIMUp Digital conference on the 8/9/10th of October for its customers and potential customers. This unique event will follow the successful core Graitec philosophy of Design – Simulate – Fabricate – Manage with our service offering of BIMUp.
Graitec’s BIMUp methodology was designed with the foundation of ‘000’s of successful BIM Implementations across the globe, by breaking down 5 key pillars of BIM:
• The BIM technology implementation
• Individual/Personalised training
• BIM project management
• BIM standards deployment
By adding additional Graitec productivity tools such as Graitec Advance PowerPack for Revit, and full technical support, customers can be safe in the knowledge that partnering with Graitec will provide a clear path for their BIM Journey, enabling them to be up and running quickly and benefit from a successful outcome.
The digital conference, which will be held over 3 days will be in multiple time zones and languages. Graitec will provide learning classes for all aspects of BIM including the latest software technologies, working methodologies and practices. This is a great event for anyone who is looking to enter the BIM arena or is currently using BIM as part of their processes.
Registration is now open so please register here!
*customers will be personally invited to join.
Says Steve Houlder, Graitec COO: Following on from our European BIM Tours, we have decided to hold the event as a digital conference allowing us to address all of our customers and potential customers with a mixture of live and recorded training and educational classes across the countries we serve. We expect in excess of 3,000 people to attend our sessions, helping people Design, Simulate, Fabricate and Manage their BIM projects.
Says Manuel Liedot, Graitec CEO: Graitec is committed to help its customers to digitize their processes from early design through to fabrication and construction. The BIM Up digital conference is a fantastic way to serve these projects by addressing our clients in multiple languages and at a time that suits them, delivering tailored content to enable their BIM Journey. I invite everyone who has some interest in BIM to register and attend.
Founded in 1986, international group GRAITEC helps construction and manufacturing professionals successfully achieve their digital transformation by providing BIM and Industry 4.0 software and consultancy. Graitec is a developer of high-performance BIM applications as well as an Autodesk Platinum Partner in Europe and Gold Autodesk Partner in North America and Russia.
Operating throughout 48 offices across 13 countries worldwide, GRAITEC offers its clients an extensive range of established software solutions combined with the full portfolio of Autodesk products and BIM suites which help address the most demanding projects needs and maximize productivity, efficiency and performance. With more than 550 employees amongst which there are 200 BIM consultants, GRAITEC is an innovation focused company whose products are used by more than 100,000 construction professionals worldwide.
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Montreal, July 19th, 2019 – BIM continues its strong growth in the world of AEC in Canada and the United States. One of the challenges at the core of BIM is the optimisation of processes, especially those related to BIM objects and data. GRAITEC, international developer of BIM software for the design, simulation, manufacturing and management of data in the AEC industry, Gold Partner in the US and Canada, is pleased to announce the signing of an exclusive partnership with BIM&CO. This partnership aims to market and implement OnFly in North America.
OnFly is the solution that manages, centralises and harmonises BIM objects and data, the BIM project components, in order to accelerate the design of BIM models and to facilitate their update.
Aimed at all actors in a construction project, from the customer to the facilities manager, through the architects, engineers, contractors and manufacturers of building products, the BIM&CO OnFly solution fits perfectly into the GRAITEC BIMup service offer. Hugo Michaud, GRAITEC director states: "This OnFly partnership could not have arrived at a better time. When we support companies in their BIM implementation or optimisation of processes, we need solutions such as OnFly to solve issues related to the management of families, updating model data, customer requirements, etc… It is about saving time for our customers. With OnFly, we not only aid collaboration between teams, but also between partners and their suppliers."
Based on its unique data harmonisation technology, BIM&CO has international and state-of-the-art BIM customers such as ENGIE and GA Smart Building. BIM&CO allows its customers to fully benefit from the value of BIM. As a global player, BIM&CO operates in Paris, Bologna, Madrid, Singapore and Montreal, and more widely through its distributors. "We are delighted to have GRAITEC as a partner; this allows us to continue building a community of specialists to closely support our clients with their issues" states Philippe Joron, VP Sales of BIM&CO.
BIM&CO is evolving in the world of digitalisation of construction, especially in BIM, Building Information Modeling. BIM&CO is a SaaS software publisher that offers construction companies and manufacturers solutions for managing and sharing their BIM objects. BIM&CO brings real operational gain by managing all the BIM objects constituting the digital model, such as a database, and ensuring their compatibility with the standards and software of the market. Its "beyond standards" positioning is based on its data harmonization technology and allows customers to fully benefit from the value of BIM: reduce errors, perform calculations quickly, connect and document to better exploit, accelerate and automate exchanges with suppliers, or better choose the products that the project needs.
For more information: bimandco.com
Founded in 1986, GRAITEC has established itself in the construction market as a provider of high-value BIM solutions for design, calculation, simulation and manufacturing, and as the third largest global Autodesk® partner in Europe and North America. Operating through 45 agencies in 11 countries around the world, the GRAITEC mission is to support the digital transformation of its customers by offering software, consulting and training solutions in the BIM domain. With 500 employees, including more than 200 BIM consultants, GRAITEC is focused on innovation, and its products are used by more than 500,000 construction professionals around the world.
For more information: www.graitec.com
June 2019 – GRAITEC, an international BIM, Simulation, Fabrication and Data Management software developer for the AEC industry, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner across Europe, with new locations in Spain and Portugal joining the group in 2019, adding to our additional locations across the US, Canada and Russia, continues its expansion worldwide and is delighted to announce the launch of the Graitec Advance 2020 suite, providing unrivalled modelling, design & detailing software solutions to the AEC and Fabrication markets.
Graitec Advance offers a set of software extending the life of Autodesk BIM models through the whole workflow, Graitec products are split into 4 sections, to help our customers perform initial concept to fabrication:
With 100 000+ customers around the world, Graitec has continuously strived to provide best in class advancements for innovative software solutions. Graitec Advance 2020 is a major step forward with hundreds of new features on different domains, proving this suite is top of its game for assuring the continuity of the digital information through BIM workflows and providing efficient simulation and fabrication solutions to top-level Construction, Architecture, Engineering and Building Design companies worldwide.
Mature and easy to use 3D FEM BIM Structural analysis solution dedicated to structural engineers operating in a BIM environment. It fully designs any type of structure, with any kind of loads, mixing concrete, timber and steel members. It includes major code standards (Eurocodes / North American).
BIM Integration: Advance Design has a deep integration with Autodesk Revit® and Autodesk Advance Steel® with the possibility to import/export/synchronize any 3D geometry. With the release 2020, it’s also possible to store seismic forces and theoretical reinforcement values in Revit®.
Enhanced numerical capabilities: new RITZ method for modal analysis x10 faster, time history analysis with accelerograms, automatic number of eigen modes, full body deformations, ...
Best in class 3D Climatic generator compliant with EN1991-1-4 & ASCE 7-10, usable of any kind of opened structures: trusses, pipe-racks, petrochemical structures, transmission towers, L shapes buildings...
Advanced Steel Design functionalities: graphical definition of constrains for Lateral Torsional Buckling checks, steel optimization based on different criteria’s (weight, height of the section, inertia...), 7 Dof advanced stability solver for any kind of steel sections, new HSS bracing steel connection...
Embedded Shear Walls design: able to design single or groups of shear walls including seismic forces and all constructive rebar dispositions.
The GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers includes a wide range of apps for structural processes that introduce a high degree of design-driven modeling and documentation automation across multiple structural workflows. Those apps are able to run on multiple platforms which include Advance Design, Autodesk Advance Steel® and Autodesk Revit® enabling flexible progressive adoption of intelligent structural BIM workflows.
Graitec BIM Designers – Concrete Series:
BIM Integration with Autodesk Revit®: RC design and detailing tools able to run in Autodesk Revit® and enrich the BIM 3D model with intelligent engineering data.
New module to design shear walls, groups of shears walls running inside Advance Design, as standalone or within Autodesk Revit®
Dedicated Autodesk Revit® module to design reinforced concrete slabs with automatic intelligent bars and fabrics generation.
Several new rebar detailing functionalities to power-up Autodesk Revit for rebar projects: Automatic bars split, bars and Fabrics schedules, continuous foundations rebar generation...
Precast beams and corbels
Graitec BIM Designers – Steel Series
BIM Integration with Autodesk Advance Steel: Steel modelling and detailing tools able to run in Autodesk Advance Steel® and enrich the BIM 3D model.
New types of connection and new GUI in the BIM Designer Steel connection module: reduced base plate connection, HSS Bracing connection with multiple members.
New improved Stairs & Railings module including an algorithm to rapidly creates stairs into the user-predefined architectural plan considering all geometrical constrains.
The GRAITEC PowerPack provides a broad suite of unique commands and functionality to significantly increase productivity when working with Autodesk Revit® or Autodesk Advance Steel®.These practical, every-day utilities focus on speeding up modeling, simplifying family management, predefining annotations and enhanced external data-links for a dramatically improved BIM workflow.
Several improvements in the BIM Connect module for a better integration between Autodesk and Graitec solutions.
Among more than 50 daily tools, the release 2020 of the PowerPack for Revit enhance a new Work tracker in Revit able to generate statistics of time spent working on local files by multiple users.
3D PDF export of the model, new tools palette grouping the 29 specific connections, a new special parts manager, new creation criteria’s for platform and floor cover.
GRAITEC Advance Workshop is a purpose-built, easy-to-use Steel Fabrication Management Information System (MIS) designed to give steel fabricators complete control over every stage of production. Manage stock, traceability, labour and CNC processes to increase efficiency and reduce costs - ultimately optimizing your total business performance.
The Graitec Advance suite also enhances a new version of Advance Workshop, the must have MIS solution for Steel Fabricators, especially those involved in BIM workflows, with a brand new CAD pre-processor:
Smart conversion and object detection from mechanical formats (STEP, IGES, Solidworks®...)
3D conversion of 2D drawings to recreate the initial geometry.
Automation of all the parts to be fabricated from a 3D geometry.
Easier and faster parts processing.
EDM Solution for Contractors, Architects and Engineers delivering a world-class WIP document management system, priding ourselves on unparalleled service and support.
Graitec purchased Opentree in 2019, and continues its development, adding the international BIM Standard ISO19650 workflows. Customers use Cabinet to manage their W.I.P (work in progress) data management from the start of a project to the release of data to a CDE (common data environment) such as Autodesk BIM360.
All those new tools are applicable to a large variety of projects, covering all the AEC and Fabrication markets.
This is just a brief outline of the new release; further detailed information can be found here:
Our Product specific web pages available from here.
The release 2020 can be downloaded from here.
Joseph PAIS, Graitec Product Director comments: “The release 2020 of Advance Design is a major one with hundreds of improvements in different areas such as BIM integration, FEM capabilities, Concrete & Steel design and Fabrication process enhancements. Thanks to those improvements, Advance Design 2020 position itself as being the right tool for professional who want to combine the power and the efficiency of proven simulation and fabrication solutions and BIM Connected workflows”.
Manuel LIEDOT, Graitec CEO adds: “For over 30 years Graitec has continually helped construction and manufacturing professionals digitize and connect their processes to maximize investment return from software technologies. Graitec Advance 2020 is a major step forward in helping our users to DESIGN – SIMULATE – FABRICATE and MANAGE their data in this new BIM world.
Bièvres Cedex, April 11, 2019 – GRAITEC, the international BIM, Fabrication and Design software developer for AEC, also Autodesk® Platinum Partner across Europe and Gold Partner across USA, Canada and Russia, announced they will be teaming with Elmo solutions Inc. to provide Agni Link, the award-wining CAD/PLM/PMD-ERP integration to their customers.
“For Graitec, this partnership simply is the next logical step.” says Hugo Michaud, Managing Director at Graitec, Inc. He continues: “With Graitec Advance Workshop, we’ve already been helping steel fabricators integrate CAD and MIS, so they have complete control over every stage of production, managing stock, traceability, labor, CNC processes and more. With Elmo solutions, we can help many more of our Engineered-To-Order manufacturing customers, since it interfaces with a plethora of CAD and BIM solutions, such as Revit, AutoCAD, Inventor, and more, plus solutions from other CAD software editors as well.”
Fabrication and Government accounts Sales manager Benoit Lalonde adds: “And, let’s face it: CAD/PDM/PLM-ERP integration is a big, scary step and business owners are weary of sales reps who overpromise and underdeliver. But with Elmo solutions, we feel confident. We are talking rapid ROI. Some solutions are up and running in 30 days or less, with fixed-fee implementation support. We can’t go wrong there!”
As for Elmo Solutions, an alliance with a partner such as Graitec is very strategic. Its President and CAD/PDM/PLM-ERP Data Integration Wizard Ricardo Talbot comments: “Although our solutions have already been deployed in 50 countries worldwide, it’s clear that a partnership with a group such as Graitec gives us far more international leverage. They already have customers who know and trust them worldwide. We can benefit greatly by shortening the sales cycles as Graitec brings us pre-qualified customers.”
Founded in 1986, GRAITEC is an international group helping architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing professionals successfully achieve their digital transformation by providing BIM and Industry 4.0 software and consultancy. Renowned developer of high-performance BIM applications, Graitec is one of the world’s largest Autodesk partner, certified Platinum in Europe and Gold in North America and Russia.
With 500+ professionals, operating through 36 offices, in 11 countries worldwide, GRAITEC is an innovation focused company whose products are used by more than 85,000 customers. Fourth (4th) local hub in size, the Montreal-based GRAITEC team consists of 35 full-time employees, of which more than half are dedicated to technical support and professional services for Graitec and Autodesk brand software and cloud-based solutions.
About Elmo Solutions
Established in 1979, Elmo Solutions Inc. is a world class leader in CAD/PDM/PLM-ERP data integration, with users in over 50 countries.
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Elmo Solutions Inc.