Kuwait's Ministry of Public Works Standardizes on Construction Project Management Software from Meridian

Public Agency for Kuwait's Government Selects Meridian VAR, Ultimate Solutions, and Prolog software as Project Management System for a US$1Billion Hospital Project

FOLSOM, Calif. (March 10, 2011) - Meridian Systems, the Plan-Build-Operate technology solutions leader for project-based organizations, announced today that Kuwait's Ministry of Public Works (MPW) www.mpw.gov.kw has selected Prolog(r) software to standardize its construction management processes. MPW worked directly with Ultimate Solutions, a Meridian Value Added Reseller (VAR), for configuration, implementation, and customization of Prolog as well as for end-user training. MPW executes a wide range of state projects, including the construction of schools, clinics, hospitals, mosques and government buildings, and the development and maintenance of infrastructure projects like sanitary drainage, water networks, wastewater treatment, roads and highways.

In 2010, Kuwait launched new construction projects valued at approximately US $64 billion. Among those projects is the Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Hospital, which will be the largest medical centre in the State of Kuwait and will serve a projected population of 600,000 in the South Surra area. To reduce the risks associated with the four-year, US$1 billion project, MPW needed a project management system that would deliver strong

"The most important factor when fighting claims is good documentation," said Ali Nadoom, project engineer, Ministry of Public Works - Kuwait. "We chose Prolog because it will keep our documentation well organized, which could save us a significant amount in claims because we have comprehensive records to support our position in a dispute."

MPW invited several vendors to demo software. Ultimate Solutions, a Kuwait-based project management consulting firm, teamed up with Meridian to present the Prolog solution. Ultimate Solutions handled the configuration, implementation and customization of Prolog, along with end-user training. The consulting firm tailored Prolog to comply with the government's rules and regulations and support the internal workflow of MPW project.

"MPW selected Prolog for a very fast-track implementation with the initial functionality going live in just 30 days, with additional capabilities quickly phased in," said Tahani Al-Daihani, founder and president of Ultimate Solutions. "Despite our tight time frame, we are experiencing unprecedented user acceptance for this new technology."

For more information on MPW's software selection and implementation process, visit the Meridian Systems Information Library to view the in-depth case study: http://my.meridiansystems.com/downloads/.

Prolog software delivers total project management control for construction projects by automating day-to-day tasks and processes, from project design to close-out. For more information on Prolog and Prolog Converge software, call Meridian at (800) 850 2660, or visit: http://www.meridiansystems.com/products/prolog/constructionprojectmanagement.asp.

About Ultimate Solutions
The Ultimate Solutions vision is to provide excellence in project execution by applying high standards of professional project management. We specialize in providing leading solutions for project management, planning and scheduling, arbitration and claims resolutions, value engineering and training. For more information, visit http://www.uspmc.com.

About Meridian Systems

Meridian Systems, a Trimble Company (NASDAQ: TRMB), is the Plan-Build-Operate technology solutions leader for project-based organizations (PBO2). Building owners, construction and engineering firms, and public agencies use Meridian software to effectively manage capital building programs and facility assets. Meridian offers construction project management and infrastructure lifecycle management solutions that reduce project costs and schedules across the plan-build-operate project lifecycle. Subscribe to the Meridian Information Library for free access to premium research and case studies by going to: http://my.meridiansystems.com/downloads/.

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