ALLPLAN and SDS2 Joining Forces to Provide Powerful Multi-Material Software Solutions
Customers will benefit from an extensive product portfolio for BIM solutions that covers the complete structural workflow and provides a broader expertise in engineering software for steel and concrete
Munich, June 24, 2021 – ALLPLAN, global provider of BIM design software solutions, and SDS2, a leading US provider of BIM solutions for the structural steel detailing industry, today announced that they will be joining forces. With the merger, ALLPLAN fills a gap concerning engineering detailing software for steel. SDS2 significantly expands its expertise in concrete construction and will round off its competence as a multi-material provider. Customers from both companies will benefit from a comprehensive and innovative product portfolio for the entire structural workflow. This will also reinforce ALLPLAN’s leading position as an expert for platform-based BIM solutions for the construction lifecycle.
Additionally, ALLPLAN announced that the teams of ALLPLAN Inc. and SDS2 will merge to bolster the US organizations and create added value for customers through this combined offering. ALLPLAN simultaneously reinforces its international market presence, especially in North America, the key market for SDS2.
“Merging ALLPLAN and SDS2 unleashes a lot of business potential for the Nemetschek Group,” says Viktor Várkonyi, Chief Division Officer of the Planning & Design Division and Member of the Executive Board of the Nemetschek Group. “By closely aligning the concrete and steel detailing expertise that the ALLPLAN and SDS2 solutions have opens significant opportunities to deliver exceptional value to their joint customer base. This strategic move will clearly strengthen our market position in structural workflows from design to fabrication and construction and is centered around the Allplan platform and ecosystem.”
Dr. Detlef Schneider, CEO of ALLPLAN, adds: “This merger is again an important milestone, not only for ALLPLAN and SDS2, but especially for our customers. Combining technology and know-how for steel and concrete construction will create a strong solution that will strengthen our market positioning and provides additional value to our customers immediately. Additionally, SDS2’s approach to steel detailing, which revolves around constructable and erectable connection design. This fits perfectly to our ‘Design to Build’ motto and the buildability aspect that aims to incorporate the process of construction of a project at an early stage throughout the entire design and construction process.”
BIM Software Provider for the Entire Steel Delivery Workflow
The BIM software suite from SDS2 provides sophisticated and complete solutions covering the entire steel delivery workflow. It is unique in that it automates the connection design process by optimizing every joint based on specific code requirements established by each market. The customer base includes engineering design companies, steel fabricators, general contractors, and detailers. With around 6,000 users, SDS2 maintains a significant market share in North America. Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, the company serves customers in 17 countries.
Stuart Broome, CEO of SDS2 comments: “We are very happy to become part of ALLPLAN. For us, this is an excellent match in terms of strategy and structure. Since the acquisition by Nemetschek, SDS2 has been growing steadily and we believe that combining our knowledge, expertise, and ultimately our technology with ALLPLAN will ensure that we continue along our trajectory of industry impact and growth. Bringing together the best-in-class solutions for steel and concrete is a logical step for Nemetschek. The combined revenue engine and economies of scale will enable future development to accelerate beyond what either company could achieve alone, which represents an even brighter future for our customers.”
The merger with SDS2 follows on directly from the recently completed integration of ALLPLAN and Precast Software Engineering, which has strengthened the product portfolio with precast fabrication technology. ALLPLAN now enables a seamlessly integrated BIM workflow from design to fabrication and construction.