Autodesk announced in a recent BusinessWire news release, the completion of the Acquisition of Horizontal Systems, Inc., a provider of cloud based BIM collaboration for the AEC industry. This comes just a month and a half after they announced their intent to purchase.
Autodesk intends on integrating the Horizontal Systems technology and team into their vast and rapidly accelerating cloud collaboration initiatives, specifically in their AEC product development.
“The acquisition of Horizontal Systems will help accelerate the movement of BIM to the cloud by providing our customers with a more complete, more accurate, digital view of their projects and with access to information across the project lifecycle from wherever they need it — the office, the web or the field,” said Jim Lynch, vice president, Architecture, Engineering and Construction Solutions, Autodesk. “The integration of Horizontal Systems technology with other Autodesk BIM solutions will streamline business processes and workflows for increased efficiency, improved profitability and higher-quality outcomes for both Autodesk and Horizontal Systems customers.” (per the news release).
Future of Horizontal Systems
Horizontal Systems supports various other platforms, including Bentley, Tekla, and Graphisoft. Autodesk has not stated what will become of the company exactly, nor how it’s technologies will be altered during the integration. It appears from Lynch’s statement that previous Horizontal System’s customers will benefit from this integration. Whether that means the existing Horizontal Systems’ platforms such as ‘Glue’ will continue to be available or not remains unclear.