SOURCE: Newforma, Inc.

Newforma, Inc.

August 18, 2009 13:20 ET

Newforma and Verge Associates Announce Partnership

Consulting Partner Integrates Implementation and Training of Software for Design, Financial Management and Project Process Management

MANCHESTER, NH and KANSAS CITY, KS--(Marketwire - August 18, 2009) - Newforma®, a software company addressing the project information management (PIM) needs of architecture, engineering and construction firms, and Verge Associates, an information technology consultancy to the AEC industry, today announced that Verge Associates has joined the Newforma Authorized Partner(SM) program. In addition to its expertise in Newforma® Project Center software for project information management, Verge specializes in Deltek® Vision® for business information management and Autodesk Revit® for building information modeling. Backed by its extensive knowledge of AEC software and processes, Verge consults on best practices in project processes, implements technology to support those processes and trains project teams in the use and integration of those technologies.

Optima Vice President of Strategic Innovation Dr. Calvin Kam, AIA, PE, LEED AP, said integration is a winning business strategy. "Integration has been a key to Optima's success over the past 30 years," Kam said. "That's what drew us to Newforma software: It integrates project information and processes just as Optima has integrated real estate development, architectural design and construction. It is critical that our project data, business information and design/construction software applications all work together. Verge and Newforma have been key contributors to implementing this strategy across our company."

Verge Associates Partner Aaron Kivett said Newforma Project Center fills what has until now been the missing component of a productive AEC enterprise. "For decades, software companies have made products to help users design and engineer buildings and infrastructure, or to manage their businesses," Kivett said. "Newforma is the first software vendor to really help companies seamlessly manage technical project information, such as capturing email decision trails, tracking and approving submittals, relating documents, responding to RFIs and the like. By streamlining project delivery processes, Newforma makes AEC companies efficient and profitable in a way that wasn't possible just a few years ago."

Newforma Chief Executive Officer Ian Howell said the industry is moving into a new phase of technology adoption. "After years of implementing stand-alone software applications that tend to fragment project information across disparate data formats, firms are now seeking competitive advantage by integrating applications and sharing information between them. The people of Verge are certified Newforma trainers who are also experts in facilitating the sharing of all types of project information across many different applications. This not only leads to greater efficiency, but also facilitates integrated project delivery."

About Verge Associates

Verge Associates specializes in the architecture, engineering and construction processes and technologies. Verge expertise comprises three areas: project process, which includes project information management (PIM); financial management, which includes enterprise resource planning (ERP); and design, which includes software for computer-aided design (CAD), building information modeling (BIM) and sustainable design software products. More important than understanding these individual parts, Verge knows how they fit together. Verge streamlines the project process by offering integrated consulting, support and training. For more about Verge Associates, visit www.vergeassociates.com, or phone +1 816-694-3402.

About Newforma

Newforma is a software company serving architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) organizations worldwide, and the owners they serve. Its mission is to develop and market project information management (PIM) solutions which improve responsiveness to clients, mitigate risk, streamline project execution, raise productivity and facilitate integrated project delivery (IPD). Newforma® Project Center, Newforma's flagship product, is the industry's first comprehensive PIM solution to organize and share project information, drive accountability, raise transparency and streamline project delivery processes. Newforma Project Center is currently implemented on over 200,000 projects in industry-leading AEC firms. For more information about Newforma, visit www.newforma.com, or phone +1 603-625-6212.

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