Budapest/Munich, November 22, 2013 – GRAPHISOFT, the global leader in Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions for architects, and Nikken Sekkei, one of the world’s largest architectural design firms, announced yesterday their strategic partnership agreement to establish a jointly-funded BIM Competence & Research Center for advancing BIM in Japan and South-East Asia.
The multi-year strategic partnership agreement was signed by Keiichi Okamoto, President and CEO of Nikken Sekkei, and Viktor Varkonyi, CEO of GRAPHISOFT and member of the Executive Board of Nemetschek AG, at a special signature ceremony held in the JETRO Business Development Center in Tokyo, in the presence of Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary.
Both companies agreed to build a joint team of BIM specialists and BIM software developers dedicated to developing both software solutions and implementation know-how.
“We feel very confident working with GRAPHISOFT,” says Keiichi Okamoto, President and CEO of Nikken Sekkei. “As a result of our multi-year cooperation, ArchiCAD has become our main BIM platform at Nikken Sekkei.”
“Working closely with GRAPHISOFT opens up new possibilities for Nikken Sekkei to strengthen its leadership in AEC innovation,” added Tomohiko Yamanashi, Executive Officer, Principal at Nikken Sekkei. “Utilizing BIM data helps us make better design decisions much earlier in the design pro-cess. We hope to increase the scope of our mutually beneficial cooperation within the framework of our strategic agreement.”
“We are proud to be partnering with one of our most prestigious clients on growing and solidifying the role of BIM in Japan,” said Viktor Varkonyi, GRAPHISOFT CEO. “Pairing Nikken Sekkei’s in-novative design with cutting-edge technology will open up new opportunities and helps promote the use of BIM throughout the AEC industry,” he added.
“By thoroughly understanding the know-how of Nikken Sekkei, we will be able to ensure that our products meet Japanese standards to an even greater degree,” added Bence Kovacs, Vice President of Asia, GRAPHISOFT. “GRAPHISOFT strengthens its position in South-East Asia region to help establish local BIM standards,” he continued. “This partnership enables us to serve the entire region better.”