Chicago-based foodservice equipment specification software company Specifi has bought out Schematic Ltd, the UK BIM software supplier which administers the CESABIM database.
The terms of this agreement have not been disclosed, but as part of the acquisition, Specifi will take on the delivery and support of CESABIM and EFCEMBIM resource libraries.
EFCEM represents eight European catering equipment national associations whose combined membership is over 500 companies.
Both libraries will continue to be free for manufacturers to upload their resources and free for designers to download IFC, PDT and proprietary BIM resources.
Specifi’s CEO, Ed Marcheselli, commented: “The acquisition of Schematic’s business reflects our commitment to the UK and broader European market, and is another example of our continued investment in providing the best software tools, value-added content creation services and one-stop, open, and standards-based repositories for the foodservice equipment specification process.”
Stewart Millar, the co-founder and technical director of Schematic, will join the global Specifi management team that includes Luca Salomoni, the founder and developer of MasterChef, which is now branded as Specifi.
“We are delighted to move forward with Specifi to create a single, global platform for BIM and the broader foodservice equipment sector,” said Millar.
“The opportunity to join forces and leverage what we have achieved in the UK is exciting, and will be, for me, an important next chapter in my professional journey.”
Keith Warren, director of CESA, added: “CESA welcomes Specifi as our new partner to support and build on our extensive work with Schematic.
“Our members are committed to the success of BIM and we are active in supporting the work to develop global BIM standards.
“We look forward to participating in the broader global evolution that BIM will undergo and to maximising the opportunity for equipment companies.”