[BEIT NEWS] 21 Nov 2018 – Autodesk acquires PlanGrid; The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and Future Cities Catapult (FCC) to embrace digital technologies
Autodesk just announced its big acquisition of PlanGrid for $875 million. PlanGrid, with around 400 staff members, produces Construction Productivity Software that allows contractors and owners in commercial, heavy civil, and other industries to work together throughout the project lifecycle.
The move would enable Autodesk to become a major construction technology giant in design and conceptualisation.
Meanwhile the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the digital planning pioneers Future Cities Catapult (FCC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote the use of digital technologies for town / urban planning or PlanTech, by, among others, exchange of ideas across the industries. Both parties not only admitted that digital technologies had huge potential and opportunities for the profession, but also would change the ways the planners were working fundamentally.