Reed Construction Data this month announced the acquisition of Tectonic Partners Inc., a developer and provider of building information modeling (BIM) for the architectural, engineering and construction industries.

Combined, the companies will provide a customer base of architects, engineers and contractors a collection of tools with which they can create and manage BIM content on the desktop. They will also be able to integrate RSMeans' cost data into objects and drawings.

Reed Construction Data partnered with RCMS Group earlier in 2007 to enhance Reed's BIM-related offerings. This deal with Tectonic will certainly position Reed as a leader in the BIM space. The acquisition gives Reed Construction Data ownership of a Tectonic portfolio that includes Library Manager, a software application for the organization and management of Autodesk Revit families, which helps create BIM. Tectonic also has a library of BIM objects.

BIM technology gives users the ability to improve visualization, coordination, simulation and optimization. These capabilities yield benefits such as cost savings, fewer errors, productivity gains and an ability to manage building information throughout a project's lifecycle.

This acquisition signifies a great way for Reed Construction Data to end the year. This certainly further solidifies the company's commitment to serving the BIM needs of its customers. Coupled with its partnership with RCMS Group, Reed Construction Data is positioning itself as a leader in this space. It won't be surprising if the company continues to bolster its offerings in this area, either organically or through acquisitions, in 2008.