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Bièvres, France, April 2018 – GRAITEC, an international BIM, Fabrication and Design software developer for AEC, Autodesk® Platinum Partner across Europe and Gold Partner across USA, Canada and Russia announced today that it acquired 100% shares of Procad, Montreal, Canada on Wednesday April 4th . (The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.)
The acquisition of Procad reinforces the position of Graitec in Canada where the company is already operating as (1) Autodesk Gold Partner; (2) developer and reseller of 2 world standard structural analysis & design software: Advance Design and Advance BIM Designers and Advance Workshop, MIS Solution; and (3) as service provider and Research & Development partner for engineering offices and manufacturers.
Procad brings with them a team of BIM experts as well as over 30 years of presence and customer commitment on the Canadian market.
Now with the full support of a major international group, Procad will gain an extended capacity to deliver a new range of professional services around BIM. This in turn will deliver more value to customers with an extended portfolio of unique complementary products, an example of which, is that all Graitec subscribers to Autodesk Revit receive a complimentary Graitec PowerPack with over 50 bonus tools to increase their productivity.
An increased investment capacity will, in time, enlarge the operational area and expand focus to include advanced simulation and fabrication management systems to better serve current and new customers.
Procad and Graitec Canada will merge in the coming weeks and both teams will join their strength to better serve customers and develop the business of Graitec in Canada.
Mario Papadopoli, owner of Procad comments: "The ambition of Procad is to consistently offer an unparalleled level of technical expertise. Our dedicated staff is passionately committed to providing quality customer service. We were impressed and immediately attracted by the vision and strategy of GRAITEC and are extremely happy to be part of a truly professional and customer focused company. We are confident the company and our customers are in very good hands.”
Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC President adds: “GRAITEC has a long-standing history as an Autodesk partner and is currently one of the fastest growing international Autodesk VAR. Our expansion in Canada is testament to our continued growth strategy and reaction to the growing demand for our BIM technology and services in America. This acquisition is very exciting and reflects our strong motivation to become a major player in Canada and strengthens our global BIM technology and service offering.”
Since 1986, Procad delivers professional services and technologies to companies who want to improve their design and production process. As an Autodesk Reseller and Autodesk Training Centre, Procad trains, integrates and consults on all Autodesk Solutions, such as Revit, AutoCAD, 3DSMax and all the Autodesk BIM360 cloud services. Known today for their huge expertise in BIM (Building Information Modelling) helping Architects, Civil Engineers, Manufacturers digitalize their design processes. www.procadconsultants.ca
The Graitec Group welcomes Julio Alfaro as Senior Application Engineer
MONTREAL, February 5, 2018 – Graitec is proud to announce that Julio Alfaro has joined the firm’s North American office as a senior application engineer.
Recognized throughout the steel fabrication market for his technical expertise, Julio advises clients on national and international BIM matters and specializes in Structural Steel Fabrication. Julio strategically guides clients in their dealings with their BIM challenges, and mandates to win more business, be more profitable and efficient using the latest technology. He also has specific expertise with Autodesk Advance Steel and Autodesk Revit.
Julio’s practice includes helping customers implement, customize, support, and train their employees around the Autodesk BIM portfolio.
“Julio is one of the most impressive BIM Consultant of his generation. His arrival is excellent news for the whole company and for our clients, who will benefit from his surgical approach to BIM and thorough understanding of the workings of the construction industry players with whom they must cooperate,” stated Hugo Michaud, Graitec Inc. Managing Director.
Before joining Graitec, Julio Alfaro was a Senior Technical Sales Specialist at Autodesk, and a Drafting Department Manager at TL Fab.
The entire Graitec team welcomes Julio and wishes him great success.
MONTREAL, February 14, 2018 – Graitec is proud to announce that David Naylor has joined the firms Montreal office as Senior Application Engineer.
David Naylor is an application engineer providing Advance Steel support for all North American customers. As part of the Autodesk acquisition of Advance Steel and Advance Concrete back in November 2013, David brings a wealth of industry experience in structural engineering, from traditional steel, concrete, and timber design, to seismic design and spectral analysis. In 1995 he obtained a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
Prior to coming to Canada, David spent 13 years working in the United States where he worked on worldwide projects for Parsons, PCL Construction, and Walt Disney Imagineering. It was in 2004 during his time at Disney working on the Expedition Everest project that David developed a specialized focus on BIM integration. Now, he’s back to join the Graitec family to support Graitec customers in their BIM challenges.
Hugo Michaud, Graitec Inc. Managing Director stated, “David has always been a true BIM preacher. His structural background, along with his recent experience at Autodesk has elevated his BIM consultancy skills to the next level. We are proud to have him back with us.”
The entire Graitec team welcomes back David Naylor and we wish him great success.
GRAITEC is constantly improving its products to provide first-rate productivity tools for its valued customers, and the recent launch of the PowerPack for Autodesk Revit 2018 is no exception to this rule, as it delivers a set of new powerful tools, as well as several improvements to the existing toolset to help boost productivity in Revit.
Founded in 1997, B&L is based in Hannover with 35 employees and six regional offices throughout Germany: Hannover, Kiel, Hamburg, Bremen, Siegen and Essen. B&L is an Autodesk Gold Partner and is active in both the Manufacturing sector as well as the growing AEC market place. B&L has over twenty years’ experience in the sale and implementation of CAD and BIM solutions, is an authorized Autodesk Training Center (ATC) and is also part of the Autodesk Developer Network (ADN).
GRAITEC has had an established market presence in Germany since 2002 through its subsidiary “GRAITEC Innovation GmbH” and is a key player with a strong focus on the Steel Industry market sector selling Autodesk Advance Steel software, as well as providing Advance Steel training, support consultancy and development services.
GRAITEC has purchased B&L to reinforce its position in the BIM market and contribute to its considerable growth throughout the Autodesk VAR network and DACH market region covering Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
This move will provide significant benefits to B&L customers with the addition of the GRAITEC product line, most specifically the GRAITEC PowerPack for Revit – an extensive range of unique tools and functions designed to improve productivity when working with Autodesk® Revit®. PowerPack for Revit available exclusively from GRAITEC.
GRAITEC acquired 100% of B&L shares on March 31st 2017. The price of the acquisition has not been disclosed. For the time being, B&L will continue to operate under the B&L brand, maintaining its working principles for clients and partners. In a second phase, it is planned to merge the two German operations under the single Graitec brand.
Stephan Banjac, B&L CEO comments: “We are very excited about becoming part of an international group who share B&L’s projected vision about BIM. Through GRAITEC, B&L will become part of one of the top 5 Autodesk resellers in the world and will also benefit from access to a completely new product portfolio, previously unavailable to our customers. These new developments will provide an immediate benefit to all B&L customers, especially when the importance of Building Information Modelling has been evaluated at the state level."
Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC President adds: “This acquisition is the second one during 2017, reinforcing the GRAITEC strategy to become a global leading BIM provider and delivering real benefits to customers whilst accelerating BIM adoption around the world. Complementing the existing GRAITEC office in Germany, the purchase of B&L and its regional offices, will significantly strengthen GRAITEC’s position in the DACH countries.”
Founded in 1986, GRAITEC is an international Autodesk Platinum Partner across Europe and United States, Autodesk Developer Partner and Autodesk AEC Solution Associate delivering high-performance BIM solutions and bespoke add-ons and apps for Autodesk key AEC platforms. Operating throughout 30 offices across 12 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 400 employees amongst which there are 200 BIM consultants, GRAITEC is an innovation focused company whose products are used by more than 50,000 construction professionals worldwide.
For more information, please visit www.graitec.com
B&L CAD Systemhaus GmbH, an Autodesk Gold Partner, was founded 20 years ago by experienced industry professionals. Driven by the founding principles of Integrity, Professionalism and Dependability, B&L offers a variety of Autodesk Solutions and services, including: consultation, implementation, training, and technical support. Since its inception, B&L’s’ innovative approach has been to proactively focus on our clients’ dynamic needs with flexibility and resourcefulness. B&L’s’ loyalty to our clients and our tenacious desire to become creatively involved in their success embodies our core business values and has established our reputable leadership in the industry.
For more information, please visit www.blcad.de
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Brunel Road, Totton
Southampton, SO40 3WX
Phone: +44 (0)23 8086 8947
B&L CAD Systemhaus GmbH
Davenstedter Straße 60
Phone: +49 (0511) 41027-0