Digital Signatures at Haag Engineering Generate Competitive Advantage and Growth

Engineers use compliant digital signatures to turn reports around without hassle or delay.

San Francisco, California -ARX (Algorithmic Research), a leading provider of digital signature solutions, has implemented the CoSign digital signature solution at Haag Engineering, a company that performs forensic engineering in the fields of civil, structural, architectural, electrical, and mechanical engineering.

Chad Zielinski, P.E., Branch Manager at Haag Engineering who initiated the adoption of digital signatures, explained that in failure and damage consulting, timeliness is of the essence. Clients need to receive engineering reports as quickly as possible, and with teams of geographically-dispersed engineers working on the same project from different locations, obtaining the required signatures from each of them proved costly and time-consuming using paper. "In the old days, we would have to FedEx a document back and forth, which was problematic, too, when dealing with traveling engineers. Obtaining all of the required signatures could easily take three weeks," said Zielinski.

Now, Haag engineers use CoSign to add secure, legally enforceable digital signatures and engineering seals to documents that never need to be printed. With CoSign, electronic documents can be digitally signed by a number of engineers, regardless of their locations, and delivered to the client in a matter of minutes. The response has been only positive: "Our clients are ecstatic. Now that they know we can do everything electronically, that's how they want everything. Going with digital signatures has definitely increased our business," said Zielinski. He also noted the smooth adoption of the digital signature tool by engineers and staff. "It wasn't difficult getting our engineers on board. The tool was well accepted to the point where our accounting and HR departments are using it as well."

Adopting digital signatures, which comply with P.E. Board regulations in the vast majority of U.S. states, has also resulted in increased efficiency and significant cost savings. Zielinski pointed out that, taking into account the eliminated hard costs of paper, ink, and routing, digital signatures have saved Haag Engineering $250,000 in the first year of implementation alone.

"AEC organizations nationwide are coming to the realization that their processes don't need to remain paper-based in order to meet strict industry regulations," explained John Marchioni, General Manager, ARX. "Haag Engineering's use of digital signatures exemplifies the tremendous outcomes that can be achieved from adopting the right technological tools."

About Haag Engineering

Established in 1924, Haag Engineering is a multi-faceted company which performs forensic engineering throughout the world in the fields of civil, structural, architectural, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Haag Engineering clients encompass the legal industry, the insurance industry, corporations, manufacturers, private companies, and individuals.
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About CoSign Digital Signatures for AEC

ARX (Algorithmic Research) is the leading provider of secure, cost-efficient digital signature solutions for the AEC industry. ARX's CoSign® digital signature solution enables AEC firms to optimize their internal and external collaboration, enhance quality, cut project delivery times and operational costs, and increase client satisfaction. With CoSign, geographically-dispersed engineers can securely, compliantly, and affordably add their signatures and professional seals to drawings and other documents, and deliver them in a matter of minutes, rather than days. By eliminating the time-consuming and expensive need for printing and routing paper, and ensuring that each engineer's contribution is securely attributed and sealed from changes, CoSign enables AEC firms to tap into their best resources - regardless of location. A scalable solution, CoSign functions seamlessly with major document formats including Adobe® PDF, AutoCAD®, MicroStation®, and Microsoft® Office applications, and allows third-parties to validate engineering stamps, seals, and digital signatures without the need for additional verification software. Learn more about the CoSign digital signature solution.

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