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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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Montreal, November 4, 2019 – GRAITEC, a global leading developer of BIM design and calculation software solutions, and one of the largest Autodesk partners in the world, certified Platinum in Europe and Gold in North America and Russia, announced the acquisition of the GEOMAP GIS AMERICA’s Autodesk business unit. GEOMAP is a major player in the geomatics industry and intelligent information management in North America.
For GRAITEC, this transaction with GEOMAP is very strategic, for the interaction between BIM and GIS is the foundation of smart cities.
Hugo Michaud, General Manager at GRAITEC Canada, explains: "In the context of continued population and city growth, discussions of climate change and the importance of sustainable buildings, the construction market is really booming." He continues: "GRAITEC and GEOMAP will be working together to make sure information flows between GIS and BIM. Convergence of information between geomatics and design to construction processes is key. This alliance definitely strengthens GRAITEC's position as a global leader when it comes to BIM solutions."
As a result of this transaction, all Autodesk day-to-day operations such as information requests, new subscriptions & renewals processing, technical support and training, will be managed by GRAITEC. And this is great news for GEOMAP customers, as they will now have access to a new range of products and high quality value-added services, starting with: GRAITEC Advantage service; access to online training, PowerPack for Revit when their Revit subscriptions are purchase or renewed through GRAITEC; as well as a range of services, tailored to AEC and manufacturing professionals’ specific needs.
With its continued growth in Quebec and internationally, GRAITEC stands out with its unrivaled expertise in BIM technologies and project workflows. With thousands of BIMUp consulting projects delivered, the company has a global overview of the needs of all stakeholders involved in a construction project: contractors, architects, engineers, general and specialized contractors, component manufacturers, facility managers...
From now on, GEOMAP customers will benefit from one of the largest pools of professional and technical resources, who share their knowledge and expertise with each other daily, while helping customers throughout the five continents. GRAITEC employs over 550 people, including 200 BIM consultants and 100 programmers.
Danick Venne, CEO of GEOMAP says, "This alliance will allow GEOMAP to refocus our team’s efforts on what it does best: providing intelligent information management through M-Files, our company’s content management solution and all our geomatics solutions that support Autodesk and ESRI technology." He continues: "After analyzing Autodesk partners in Quebec, we concluded that GRAITEC has the best technical team to support our customers on Autodesk products. By choosing GRAITEC, I know that they are in good hands. That said, GEOMAP will continue to work with GRAITEC on a daily basis to ensure the transition of subscription contracts and customer satisfaction."
Finally, Francis Guillemard, Founder and Chairman of the Graitec Group concludes: "Graitec is delighted to welcome Geomap's customers and have them benefit from the group’s technologies (e.g. PowerPack for Revit) and services. With the solidification of our Canadian subsidiary, Graitec continues to strengthen its presence in North America and impose itself more as a key player in the BIM industry."
Founded in 1986, GRAITEC is an international group helping construction and manufacturing professionals achieve successfully 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 through 47 offices across 13 countries worldwide, GRAITEC offers its clients an extensive range of established software solutions combined with the full portfolio of Autodesk products which help address the most demanding project needs and maximizing productivity, efficiency and performance. GRAITEC is an innovation focused company whose products are used by more than 100 000 construction professionals worldwide. .
For more information, visit: www.graitec.com
GEOMAP GIS America specializes in software solutions and services which integrate the innovative concepts of geomatics and IIM (Intelligent Information Management) for Municipalities and Counties, Facilities Management (FM), Transportation and Network Management sectors since 2000. These solutions, implemented in public and private institutions, key accounts and international projects, make it possible to manage information and data related to the assets and content that an organization wishes to manage. This information can then be processed and queried to obtain results in the form of reports, subject-specific maps, dashboards and more.
GEOMAP is also a certified developer of Autodesk and ESRI solutions and is an M-Files, Microsoft and Oracle partner and reseller. GEOMAP has solid expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) process integration. The solutions we implement are based on a powerful information system that drives applications built on the most advanced geospatial and ECM platforms on the market.
For more information, visit: www.geomapgis.ca
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 open so please register here! *
*Customers will be personally invited to join. First step is creating an account. Once this step completed, participant will have access to the list of sessions and be able plan their agenda.
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.
For more information, please visit www.graitec.com
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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.