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Celebrating 20 years of Bricsys

By Kelsey Grant 6 min 26 mars 2022
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To mark the 20-year anniversary of Bricsys we thought it would be apt to take a walk down memory lane and look at the ways in which the business, and our products, have evolved and grown over the years.

Whilst anniversaries like this often inspire reflection, we continue to look forward and focus on the future. In true Bricsys style, our relentless development and innovation is set to continue, and we’re excited for what is coming next… watch this space!

The very beginning

Founded in 2002 by Erik de Keyser, Bricsys began developing a revolutionary CAD software, BricsCAD. In 2004, the product now known as Bricsys 24/7 was released. It was originally named Vondle and was the starting point for Bricsys’ cloud-based (SaaS) Common Data Environment (CDE) for document management and workflow automation.

Shortly after Vondle’s release, all previous iterations of our CAD software and their various identities were superseded by the product we know and love today: BricsCAD! V5 of our CAD software, by now simply named ‘BricsCAD’ arrived on the market in June 2004. Our mission from the very beginning has been to build cost-effective, mission-critical CAD tools. Now as a part of the global technology giant Hexagon AB, we are reinforcing our commitment to your design workflows by striving further develop our solutions in ways that truly delight our users.

You can almost hear the dial-up modem…

Take a look at the very first Bricsys website. We’re pleased to say that our site and e-store have come a long way since 2003 when this site was archived!

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BricsCAD in a language that suits you

Bricsys is a truly global company, and as such, BricsCAD is available globally in 14 languages. We have dedicated spaces in the Bricsys Forum for other languages, and we provide support and materials directly to our customers in their native language.

The Bricsys global footprint

The Bricsys Global Headquarters was established in 2002 in Ghent, Belgium. Alongside it’s opening, our Russian development center in Nizhny Novgorod was also established in 2002. Our global footprint has changed quite a bit since the early noughties. Check out the map below to see how we’ve grown!

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Our people

Starting as a small team in 2002, Bricsys soon saw growth in its numbers over the years. As of 2022, we currently have over 300 employees worldwide.

Bricsys is a proudly diverse company, celebrating individuals and bringing personalities and cultures together across oceans to create something extraordinary!

Our teams are growing in 2022, so, if you would like to help shape the next generation of design tools for the people who are building the future, we would love to hear from you. You can explore our careers page today and view open vacancies in your region.

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Supporting our communities

Over the years, the Bricsys teams have keenly take part in fundraising activities for various causes across the globe.

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Our users

The suite of solutions that Bricsys offer currently have over 300,000 users in over 110 countries worldwide! This community is growing each day and a vibrant and active usership can be found on the BricsCAD Forum.

Our Partner Network

The Bricsys partner network is made up of 225 fantastic resellers and distributors. Each reseller is knowledgeable and passionate about CAD. Members of the partner network are carefully selected and supported to ensure customers are always given the best experience possible and can access the best BricsCAD solution for their specific and unique needs.

The Bricsys developer community

We at Bricsys call our developer community the Bricsys Collective. It is a group of over 600 global solution developers, both corporate and commercial, who develop over 1,500 application products that run on BricsCAD. These applications are created by industry experts to help you get your work done accurately and quickly. From drawing management to structural analysis, you can very likely find the perfect applications to speed your workflow.

Supporting our users

We are passionate about your experience using BricsCAD, and so we work tirelessly to continually improve our products and the ways in which we can help you to create great things.

The Bricsys Support Team are an invaluable part of this promise to our customers, and in 2021 alone they closed over 21,000 support tickets, getting our users back to productivity ASAP!

Evolution of the BricsCAD logo

It’s not just our technology that has evolved over the years… our logo has been on quite the journey too!

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Adding further power to your workflows with BricsCAD
Back in 2011, the BricsCAD Application Catalog reached the milestone of surpassing 100 applications! Today, we have over 400 BricsCAD partner applications in our applications store.

We understand that each of our users has a unique workflow and purpose for using our solutions. To help you achieve your goals, our app store features specialized industry solutions across many disciplines, enabling you to get your work done easier, faster, and more accurately.

Remember these?

BricsCAD has come a long way over the last 20 years, and so has the hardware to accompany it!

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BricsCAD V22 and beyond

BricsCAD has had 22 version releases since it came to the market. Each also including a ‘mid-season’ release with a host of fixes, improvements and new features. We are proud to add a great deal of value with each of our updates and always take our user feedback on board… you are the product and requirement experts around here!

Keen to check out the latest release, BricsCAD V22.2? Head over to the Release Notes and discover the BricsCAD difference.

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We have loved taking a walk down memory lane, reminiscing over old photographs, and seeing how far we have come as a company and as a CAD solution. We hope you have too.

It reminds us of what we are striving for, both in the CAD space and as a collective of people working together.

Our evolution is far from over., We are expanding our capacity to develop and innovate in 2022 and beyond! We have some amazing features in the pipeline for our solutions this year, and some fantastic opportunities within the Bricsys teams globally.

We’re excited to see what the future holds for Bricsys in the CAD world and hope you’ll join us for the ride!

Kelsey Grant - Author

by Kelsey Grant - Marketing Content Specialist

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Kelsey is our Marketing Content Specialist at Bricsys, based in the UK. Coming from a background in Social Media to CAD, she takes pride in crafting clear and engaging content, helping guide BricsCAD users to create great things!

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