Why Autodesk (ADSK) Is Buying ProEst

By Annie Baker ● Dec 16, 2021
  • Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced it is buying ProEst. These are the details.

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced that it is acquiring ProEst — which is a cloud-based estimating solution that enables construction teams to create estimates, perform digital takeoffs, generate detailed reports and proposals and manage bid-day processes. And Autodesk plans to integrate ProEst with Autodesk Construction Cloud, a comprehensive construction management platform connecting teams, data, and workflows across the entire building lifecycle. The deal will strengthen Autodesk Construction Cloud’s preconstruction offerings and empower construction teams to manage all their critical preconstruction and construction workflows on one platform.

ProEst — whose customers include Geisinger, O’Brien Construction, Vantis, and Oswald — translates project scope quickly and easily, turning drawings, specifications, and models into the material, labor, and equipment costs. And as a result, teams are not only able to supercharge the estimation process and build stronger bids, but also minimize project risks and heighten their chances of winning work. 

Through ProEst’s cloud-based solution, customers can also access estimating information from anywhere, at any time, and import third-party cost databases to streamline estimation workflows. And the acquisition of ProEst will complement Autodesk Construction Cloud’s best-in-class cost management capabilities and allow teams to track costs against estimates and provide greater visibility to increase the probability of project success.

ProEst will join Autodesk Construction Cloud’s existing portfolio of solutions, further enabling teams to reduce rework, improve productivity, increase automation, and accelerate project delivery. Autodesk Construction Cloud solutions include:

— Autodesk Takeoff: Enables estimators to perform 2D and 3D quantification workflows.

— Autodesk BIM Collaborate: Helps project teams align on and execute design intent by managing design collaboration and coordination workflows from a single solution.

— Autodesk Build: Connects project, cost, quality, safety, and field collaboration workflows in a solution that is easy to deploy, adopt and use.

— BuildingConnected: Streamlines the bidding process to help teams discover trade partners, identify the right subcontractors and solicit and compare bids. BuildingConnected is Autodesk Construction Cloud’s builders network, featuring over one million construction professionals. And the solution also encompasses TradeTapp, which uses machine learning and AI technology to qualify contractors and mitigate project risk.

Business Outlook 

The deal is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close during Autodesk’s fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, ending January 31, 2022. And the acquisition will have no material impact on Autodesk’s fourth quarter and fiscal year 2022 guidance presented on November 23, 2021.

KEY QUOTES:

“Our goal has always been to reimagine the construction estimating process and offer the most advanced functionality possible. We have enabled teams to move away from paper documents and spreadsheets and, thanks to our cloud-based platform, break down on-premise software silos with seamless integration. Autodesk’s vision of connecting construction from end to end is one we fully believe in, and we’re excited to join an outstanding preconstruction offering to deliver on that vision.”

— Jeff Gerardi, ProEst founder and CEO

“We pride ourselves on delivering quality projects safely, within budget and in a timely manner. Autodesk Construction Cloud helps us manage our projects by enhancing collaboration across various phases and workflows and adding ProEst’s cloud-based estimating capabilities to the mix will further our ability to deliver quality projects efficiently.”

— Luis Berumen, vice president of innovation and technology, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors

“ProEst enables us to produce estimates faster, consistently and more accurately throughout the design process and in collaboration with our partners, thereby improving overall efficiency. As a public entity, our mission is to build and modernize New York City’s schools in a responsible, cost-effective manner while still achieving the highest standards of excellence in safety, quality and integrity. With Autodesk Construction Cloud and ProEst now joining forces, we look forward to connecting our estimation data more seamlessly with our downstream construction workflows so we can stay on track and deliver on our mission in a more streamlined manner.”

— Manny Innamorato, chief information officer, New York City School Construction Authority

“Estimation significantly impacts downstream construction workflows, but is often a disconnected and manual process, which creates room for errors that can lead to cost and schedule issues later in a project lifecycle. Our acquisition of ProEst will allow construction teams to connect accurate estimates with the rest of their project data to minimize the risk of cost and schedule overruns and drive successful project outcomes. ProEst shares our vision for digital transformation in construction and we look forward to bringing their leading estimating solution to Autodesk Construction Cloud.”

— Jim Lynch, senior vice president and general manager of Autodesk Construction Solutions