History

Hexagon PPM

Hexagon's PPM division is part of Hexagon, a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. We are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety and mobility applications.

Our technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous  ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.

Hexagon's PPM division empowers its clients to transform unstructured information into a smart digital asset to visualize, build, and manage structures and facilities of all complexities, ensuring safe and efficient operation throughout the entire lifecycle.

Our global headquarters in Madison, Ala., USA -- which officially opened on October 2014  is a five-story, 250,000-square-foot building featuring office space for 1,100 Hexagon employees. The headquarters building also includes a state-of-the-art data center, conference space, an expansive food service area and lakeside terraces.

Formerly Intergraph Process, Power & Marine and prior to that M&S Computing, Hexagon PPM has a storied history spanning five decades.

1969  A group of engineers from IBM's Federal Systems Division in Huntsville, Ala., who developed guidance software for the Saturn rocket, form M&S Computing. They were Jim Meadlock, his wife Nancy Meadlock, Terry Schansman (the S of M&S), Keith Schonrock and Robert Thurber. James Taylor joined soon after as the sixth M&S employee.

1969  The company develops the first interactive CAD product, Interactive Graphics Design Software (IGDS), which quickly becomes an industry benchmark

1980  M&S Computing's name changes to Intergraph (Interactive graphics) prior to the company's initial public offering in 1981

1981  Following its IPO, Intergraph stock splits twice. Revenue grows 700%, the number of employees grows by 500% and square footage increases 500%. By the end of the decade, Intergraph is the world's largest vendor of computer graphics systems.

1981  Intergraph teams up with Zydex Engineering, Inc., to develop a new plant design system. This joint project results in what became known as Intergraph's Plant Design System (PDS), which still exists today.

1985 Jim Meadlock is awarded the Congressional High Technology Award

1985  The company becomes the second-largest CAD vendor in the world, trailing only IBM

1986 Intergraph is one of North Alabama's largest employers with 5,100 employees

1990  Intergraph tops its goal of $1 billion in revenue and joins the Fortune 500 in 1990

1992  The company has revenues of $1.18 billion and ranka #315 in the Fortune 500

1997  Intergraph starts pursuing litigation against Intel and other computer hardware manufacturers based on intellectual property. Intergraph negotiates major settlements with Intel, Hewlitt-Packard, Texas Instruments and Gateway, reaping the company over $394 million.

1998 First data and document management system specifically for the plant industry is introduced

1999 -- SmartPlant® P&ID is released following collaboration with industry leading customers

2000  Intergraph exits the hardware design and manufacturing business, restructuring its worldwide operations around vertically focused divisions

2003  SmartPlant® 3D, the leading-edge, data-centric plant modeling software, becomes commercially available

2006  The ARC Advisory Group names Intergraph PP&M as the #1 worldwide overall engineering design solution provider, a distinction it will hold for the next 12 years

2006  An investor group led by Hellman & Friedman LLC, Texas Pacific Group and JMI Equity, acquires the company and makes it privately held

2010  Hexagon AB acquires Intergraph, marking its return as a publicly traded company; Ola Rollén assumes role as CEO.

2012 PP&M creates the Greater China Region, its fourth global operating region. Greater China includes China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan and is created because of its size, success and strategic business potential.

2012 Ground is officially broken for the new Intergraph headquarters complex in Madison, Ala.

2015  Acquires EcoSys Management LLC, a company that broadens PP&M leadership position as a Project Enterprise solution provider by adding project controls to our existing portfolio

2017  Mattias Stenberg, who previously served as Hexagon's Chief Strategy Officer since 2013, assumes the position of division President

2017  We officially rebranded globally as Hexagon PPM, embracing a new brand and a honed vision for enabling the smart digital industrial facility and extending its expertise into new markets like Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC)

2018  Acquisition of Bricsys makes Hexagon the world's largest AEC/BIM & CAD company

2019  Hexagon strengthens its industrial facility operations portfolio with the acquisition of j5 International, a market-leading developer of operations management software for ensuring safe, efficient, and compliant operations of industrial sites.