Graphisoft to merge with Data Design System

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Graphisoft, the global leader in Building Information Modeling (BIM) software solutions for architecture, announced a merge with Data Design System (DDS), the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) engineering design specialist.

Both companies are part of Nemetschek Group (NEM.DE).

By integrating DDS’s MEP domain capabilities with Graphisoft’s technology platform and global go-to-market position, the merger will leverage each brand’s complementary capabilities and strengths, spurring further growth for both companies, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

Budapest-based Graphisoft was founded in 1982. The company's industry-leading technology platform – including their Building Information Modeling (BIM) software solution – Archicad, is used by architects and designers around the world and has been instrumental in the design of some of the world's most iconic buildings. Graphisoft joined the Nemetschek Group in 2007.

Founded in Norway in 1984, Data Design System (DDS) develops innovative software solutions under the brand of their Open BIM product family DDS-CAD, which provides tools for MEP experts who plan and design building services projects.  DDS joined the Nemetschek family in 2013 and is a market leader in Central Europe.

“DDS delivers best-in-class capabilities based on rich domain experience gained from years of serving MEP professionals as a market leader across Central Europe. Graphisoft empowers teams to create great architecture worldwide, with leading BIM and design collaboration technology platforms and a global business network of local partners in well over 100 markets. Together, we look forward to bringing greater value to engineers and designers worldwide through integrated multi-disciplinary workflows,” said Huw Roberts, CEO, Graphisoft.

“I’m excited about DDS becoming a part of the Graphisoft family and the enhanced value we can create together for our customers. I’m convinced that strengthening our MEP capabilities with Graphisoft’s technology platform and global reach will allow us to bring additional value to our customers on a global scale,” said Bjorn K. Stangeland, CEO, Data Design System.

“The merger is a key realization of the Nemetschek Group’s unique opportunity to deliver broad, integrated value propositions to the AEC industry. Driven by the Group’s strategic focus to leverage synergies amongst the brands, we are convinced that this will accelerate growth for the Nemetschek Group as a whole and will strengthen our global market position,” said Viktor Várkonyi, chief division officer, planning & design division and member of the executive board, Nemetschek Group.

The integration process has already started, with product and business integrations to be expected beginning in 2022.

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