Trimble and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership to advance technology adoption and accelerate the digital transformation of the construction industry. Leveraging the Microsoft cloud, the companies will develop, build and deliver connective industry cloud platforms and solutions. Initially, they will focus on building the Trimble Construction Cloud powered by Microsoft Azure.
The construction process is fragmented, which can result in lost productivity, rework and a lack of transparency. According to a McKinsey & Company article, the construction industry is lagging with only 1 percent productivity growth over the last 20 years, significantly lower than 2.8 percent for the total economy. An emerging disruptions that will drive change in construction is the digitization of products and processes. The ability to link technologies, tasks, processes and multiple stakeholders—such as general contractors, subcontractors, designers, engineers and owners—across the construction project workflow can transform and significantly improve productivity, quality, safety, transparency and sustainability.
Trimble’s construction solutions include on-machine and field technology, modeling and collaboration software, project and resource management, and all underlying analytics. Trimble Construction Cloud is fully enabled for 3D constructible models that will reduce risks, drive speed, and increase efficiency and accuracy across.
The first solutions will enable continued support of infrastructure investment cycles and be used for large-scale projects, on which multiple stakeholders work in parallel to deliver connected construction projects. Subsequent efforts will target the agriculture and transportation industries.