Trimble acquires BIM software company
With the purchase of QuickPen International, Trimble is offering an expanded line of BIM software tools for HVAC and other industries.
QuickPen provides BIM products for HVAC, mechanical construction, plumbing, and other industries. The company’s software products include estimating, CAD, fabrication and asset tracking tools. Its 3-D CAD software helps users produce detailed HVAC ductwork and piping models.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey