Trimble announced new integrations for Microsoft 365 and BIMcollab with its Trimble Connect cloud-based collaboration platform. The integration with Trimble Connect provides users of both platforms with a common data environment for connecting project stakeholders with the data they need to inform decisions and improve team efficiency. In real-time, project stakeholders can share, review, coordinate and comment on data-rich constructible models, schedules and critical project information — eliminating costly miscommunication that keeps projects from finishing on time and on budget.
The integration with Microsoft 365 streamlines and accelerates workflows by removing the extra step of downloading Microsoft Office files from Trimble Connect to edit them in Word, Excel or PowerPoint. Users with a Microsoft 365 license now have the ability to use Microsoft software applications to edit project data such as documents, presentations and spreadsheets directly through Trimble Connect.
"The Microsoft 365 integration is a welcome addition to Trimble Connect," said Jeremy Sibert, technology director at general contractor Hensel Phelps. "The ability to create, edit and distribute documents directly from Trimble Connect will not only save us a lot of time, but it will also allow us to track updates, monitor version control and manage document security much more efficiently using tools our users are already familiar with and use heavily."
BIMcollab is a cloud-based platform for building information modeling (BIM) that simplifies issue management and provides integrated model validation, offering a structured way of storing, sharing and solving issues. Trimble Connect's integration with BIMcollab enables users to collaborate in real-time. Trimble Connect's easy-to-use features reduce the learning curve and give BIMcollab users, including those without access to a BIM authoring tool, a common data environment for visualizing project data and collaborating across the project lifecycle.
"Our goal is to integrate BIMcollab with as many BIM tools as possible, whether they are model-authoring, model-checking or model-sharing solutions," said Erik Pijnenburg, CEO of BIMcollab. "The integration with Trimble Connect offers our mutual users one of the most advanced solutions available to share and improve models."
"Because no one vendor can be expected to have all the right point tools, an open and agnostic space for sharing models and construction data is imperative for project efficiency, profitability and timeliness," said Marcel Broekmaat, product director for Trimble Connect. "Integrations with Trimble Connect and other industry solutions are critical as we continue to drive construction's digital transformation by enabling project stakeholders to unlock the real value of data throughout the construction lifecycle."