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Siemens gains momentum in smart buildings with software acquisition

The move helps Siemens Smart Infrastructure expand its digital building portfolio, including its cloud-based building operations twin software and its flagship building management platform Desigo CC. The Ecodomus software creates, maintains and visualises Building Information Modeling (BIM)-based digital building twins, making design and construction data available for building operations and maintenance. Customers can generate digital replicas of their real buildings and assets, creating a common data environment that integrates BIM, Building Management Systems (BMS), Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) and Internet of Things (IoT) systems. The solution enables BIM-driven workflows and digital twin-based lifecycle management, complemented by 3D visualisation.

“The way we operate buildings is fundamentally changing, thanks to the power of digitalisation and digital twins,” said Henning Sandfort, CEO of Building Products at Siemens Smart Infrastructure. “By enhancing our existing offering for digitalised buildings with Ecodomus’ software, we are strengthening our leading industry position in that dynamic market, offering our customers the full-spectrum benefits of BIM-based operations.”

In the past, BIM data usage has mostly focused on a building’s construction phase. Today, its benefits can also be leveraged in the operations and maintenance phase. This is crucial because this is where 80 percent of a building’s total lifecycle costs will occur.

Leveraging the acquired data creation and visualisation capabilities, Siemens’ digital building software portfolio will bring substantial benefits to customers: enhanced insights into the performance of their building, real-time issue identification and resolution, better space and energy utilisation, and many others. Customers will be able to turn their buildings into more sustainable, comfortable and safe places to live and work, while at the same time streamlining processes and reducing operational costs.

Ecodomus Inc. is a privately held US company. The closing of the deal is expected in the next few months and subject to the conditions agreed by both parties.

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