Barton Malow Moves to 4D and 5D with Avatech Solutions
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Press release date: December 18, 2007
Firm leverages building models to coordinate construction phases and costs
December 18, 2007 - BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - Avatech Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: AVSO.OB), the nationwide technology experts for design, engineering, and facilities management, announced today that Barton Malow, has engaged Avatech to perform complete implementation services for the Autodesk Revit family to assist the firm with the design and construction of a Michigan state highway transportation facility. Barton Malow Company provides construction management, design/build, program management, general contracting, technology and rigging services nationwide. The firm's annual revenues exceed $1 billion and large projects including the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Detroit Airport north terminal renovation.
"We have been working with Autodesk Revit to build 3D models with an initial focus on determining constructability," said Barton Malow's Mark Falzarano, CAD Coordinator. "Now we want to integrate the construction side of our business with the design side, incorporating construction phasing using time-lapsed models to visualize a project as it would be constructed, known as 4D. We also want to identify construction costs early on in the design process, using the model, known as 5D.
Because Avatech has so much experience and many successful implementations we will leverage their experts and apply that knowledge throughout the organization." Avatech will implement Revit applications in the Design Group, creating custom content for the pilot project and providing core and custom training focused on 4D and 5D, to guide project members how best to collaborate on a project and to use phasing and costing functions to derive construction efficiencies.
"Building information modeling allows the virtual design of a project prior to breaking ground and permits our designers and engineers to eliminate problems prior to construction," said VP, Jim Dome, Barton Malow's AE Services. "We see huge potential for better coordination, improved times to completion and reduced costs on the construction side. Pulling the construction schedule into the model itself to look at manpower issues and analyze construction on an ongoing basis is the next phase in our move to fully realize the power of BIM across all disciplines and all dimensions."
"Avatech brings our experience working with BIM at scores of customer sites, to forward thinking GCs like Barton Malow," said Bruce White, Senior Vice President of Sales at Avatech. "Our professionals excel with clients who need not only technical help, but also best practices in design and construction collaboration across the entire building project lifecycle."
About Avatech Solutions Avatech Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB:AVSO.OB) is the recognized leader in design and engineering technology with unparalleled expertise in design automation, data management, and process optimization for the manufacturing, engineering, building design, and facilities management markets. Headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland, the Company specializes in consulting, software systems integration and implementation, standards development and deployment, education, and technical support. Avatech is one of the largest integrators of Autodesk software worldwide and a leading provider of PLM solutions. The Company's clients include industry leaders from Fortune 500 and Engineering News Record's Top 100 companies. Visit http://avatech.com for more information.
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