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Trimble Acquires Pondera Engineers Assets

Trimble has acquired the assets of privately held Pondera Engineers based in Post Falls, Idaho. Pondera is an engineering and development company offering services and software tools for siting, designing, optimizing, and maintaining high-voltage power transmission and distribution lines. The acquisition is part of Trimble's initiative to bring productivity solutions to the electric utilities industry. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Pondera provides enterprise software solutions and design services for electric transmission line system operators , engineer, procure and construct contractors and vertically integrated utilities . Its software suite includes TL-Pro Design Studio, PoleSTAR, and Nip&Tuck solutions.

TL-Pro allows users to model multiple scenarios and manage design standards in its interactive design environment. It includes sag and tension calculations, finite element structural analysis, true 3D global optimization, and project estimates and material lists via its powerful material manager module. Accuracy, flexibility and user productivity is enhanced by a 3D visualization terrain model and can be applied in a variety of situations, including project reviews, marketing, siting and permitting.

Pondera's PoleSTAR software allows users to model and analyze complicated pole structures using 3D graphical interfaces. Nip&Tuck software for re-tensioning transmission line conductors is used to test various techniques to resolve clearance problems on a span-by-span basis.

The Pondera business will be reported in Trimble's Field Solutions segment.

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