Trimble Acquires Utility-Serving Gov Tech Company Cityworks

Cityworks, which serves utilities and local governments, has been doing business independently since the late 1990s, but it is now joining the publicly traded multinational software company Trimble.

Trimble, a publicly traded multinational software company, is acquiring the company that makes the Cityworks asset management program.

The deal hasn’t officially closed yet — Trimble is angling to wrap up the deal in the fourth quarter — and it hasn’t reported a purchase price yet. But it closes the book on a 23-year run of independence for Cityworks, which began in 1996 in Utah.

Since then, the company has grown to serve more than 700 utilities and local governments. Its enterprise asset management (EAM) software, integrated with Esri’s widely used ArcGIS mapping program, is used to keep track of infrastructure, manage projects and handle permitting.

In a press release
, Trimble described Azteca Systems — the company that makes Cityworks — as having customers across all sizes of local government, but with a particular emphasis on mid-sized jurisdictions.

The acquisition adds EAM to a large suite of software that Trimble sells for customers in the construction, transportation, utilities and other sectors.

"Cityworks is a pioneer in developing software to address the global challenges associated with managing aging, critical infrastructure," Trimble President and CEO Steve Berglund said in the statement. "Trimble has a long history of transforming industries by combining technologies and providing full solutions that help customers measure, assess, design and construct infrastructure at scale. With Cityworks, we now expand our solutions portfolio enabling customers to manage and optimize the performance of their assets across the entire infrastructure life cycle."

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.