Announced today, Autodesk Acquires Vela Systems. If you are developing products within the Building Life Cycle somewhere between and including design to demolition, you are in play. Trimble has been going on an acquisition rampage with its acquisition of Tekla and Sketch Up and Autodesk never one to be a wallflower has just acquired Vela. This is almost 2 years to the date that Vela was unveiled publicly. No idea of their market size but their own press releases state that they are more than ‘twice as big’ as any competitive Field BIM Systems. Regardless, market penetration means little at this point now that the Autodesk marketing/sales system is behind it. How big was Revit in 2006 when they were purchased. A primer of Vela’s Key Features below. Congrats Vela folks, job well done.
Vela Field Management Suite Key Features
The Vela Field Management Suite of Web, Mobile and Reports enables everyone throughout the enterprise to access documents, field activities and reports in the office and in the field. Since its release a year ago, and to further broaden the usability throughout the enterprise, Vela Systems has expanded upon the following features:
- Field BIM® for commissioning and handover that ties BIM to the field for data and document exchange
- Company-level checklist and issue template capabilities to implement and enforce quality and safety programs
- Increased accessibility via the Internet on multiple devices like iPads and Smart Phones
- Better web-based reporting that turns field data into powerful information for managing quality, safety and risk at the project and company level