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Trimble launches Tekla PowerFab for Next-Gen Steel Fabrication

Automation, Real-time Visibility into Data and Collaboration Across Project Teams

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 7, 2019—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced today its Tekla® PowerFab, a next-generation software suite for steel fabrication management. Created specifically for steel fabricators, Tekla PowerFab is a step-change in collaboration across project teams throughout the structural steel workflow for unparalleled control and visibility. The new solution expands upon Trimble's Constructible Process, an innovative approach for the digital transformation of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) workflows.

Steel Fabrication Management Information Solution

Image: Tekla PowerFab is a software suite that consists of four powerful products working seamlessly together. 

Tekla PowerFab is a complete and connected steel fabrication software solution that provides relevant and real-time information to all project parties. At the core of Tekla PowerFab is Tekla EPM (formerly FabSuite management information system), which boasts proven success among Trimble customers in North America. By combining Tekla EPM with Tekla Structures and the Trimble Connect™ collaboration platform, Tekla PowerFab automates the fabrication management process. The solution gives project teams visibility into the status of components at every stage of fabrication—from model-based estimating to site delivery—so they can work together seamlessly for more efficient workflows and cost savings.

“Following the acquisition of FabSuite in 2018, Trimble is now able to further integrate fabrication workflows to give customers improved collaboration and connectivity,” said Jari Heino, general manager of Trimble’s Structures Division. “An industry-first, Tekla PowerFab gives estimators, project managers, production and other project teams real-time visibility into the most relevant data throughout the fabrication process.”

Real time MIS for steel fabricators

Image: Real-time fabrication information can be visualized and shared with other project parties via Trimble Connect collaboration platform. 

“Now everyone involved in a project knows what's happening at any given time, allowing us to approach projects more proactively,” said long-time Trimble customer Ricky Horton, vice president of finance and administration at McCombs Steel. “Tekla PowerFab is a significant leap toward more efficient workflows and improves the way we manage projects.”

Trimble’s Tekla portfolio now includes complete structural steel workflows for estimating, planning, managing, designing, modeling and automating the fabrication processes for maximum constructability.


Tekla PowerFab is offered as an annual subscription and is available for steel fabricators in the following countries beginning March 13, 2019: U.S., Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Caribbean Islands, UK and Ireland, India, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.

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Join a live webinar on April 3, 2019, to learn more about Tekla PowerFab.

Visit Trimble (booth #1227 and #1323) at the North American Steel Construction Conference (NASCC) April 3-5  2019 in St. Louis, MO. Also at the NASCC, attend "The Tekla PowerFab Workflow: Increased Control, Accuracy and Visibility Throughout Your Fabrication Process" on Wednesday, April 3 from 3:15 - 4:15 pm in Room 261.

Tekla Software by Trimble

Tekla software solutions for advanced BIM, structural engineering and steel fabrication management are produced by Trimble. Tekla software is at the heart of the design and construction workflow, building on the free flow of information, constructible models and collaboration. For more information on Tekla software

About Trimble Buildings

Trimble Buildings provides the widest breadth of technology solutions for optimizing building design and construction projects, streamlining workplace operations and managing real estate portfolios. Trimble solutions are tailored for each phase of the building lifecycle—from the initial survey to design, construction and operation—and enable stakeholders such as architects, engineers, contractors, building managers and property owners to gain agility and insight. Trimble’s broad portfolio of building construction solutions support the Constructible Process, Trimble’s innovative approach to empowering disparate teams across the construction lifecycle with actionable data that improves productivity and reduces waste. For more information visit: and 

About Trimble

Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety, and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware, and services are transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation and logistics. For more information about Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB), visit:

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