October 24, 2005
In Search of a Fully Integrated System
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor


by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Welcome to AECWeekly! Founded in February 2005 by construction industry veteran Robert E. Fee,
Hunter Roberts Construction Group, a new full-service construction firm headquartered in Manhattan with offices in Philadelphia and New Jersey, chose a complete suite of CMiC's software for the firm that had just opened its doors in April. CMiC provides enterprise and project management software for the AEC industry. Read about it in this week's industry news.


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Industry News

In Search of a Fully Integrated System

By Susan Smith


Founded in February 2005 by construction industry veteran Robert E. Fee,
Hunter Roberts Construction Group, a new full-service construction firm headquartered in Manhattan with offices in Philadelphia and New Jersey, chose a complete suite of CMiC's software for the firm that had just opened its doors in April. CMiC provides enterprise and project management software for the AEC industry.


Fee is a 42-year industry veteran with background as CEO of one of the nation's largest builders. "We're going to be a major construction firm, including construction management, program management, and general contracting services," said Jimmy McKenna, President of Hunter Roberts in an interview with New York Construction News in April of this year.


Privately owned and domestically held, Hunter Roberts has attracted a staff of well known construction industry professionals who know what to look for in an enterprise software solution with project management, forecasting and planning features. Bassem Hamdy, Director, Marketing and Product Management, CMiC, explained what that firm was looking for.


AW: What do you think contributed to Hunter Roberts going with your solution, as opposed to some of the others available?


Bassem Handy: CMiC was the only vendor offering a completely integrated solution that could allow all departments from business development to operations and

finance to operate from the same version of truth.


When Hunter Roberts investigated the market place, it found many companies made the same claim but that CMiC is the only one that could deliver it with standard, technologically advanced products.


This is a direct quote from Matt Rittler at Hunter Roberts:


"In my opinion CMiC has the best fully integrated system in the marketplace. and they continue to grow the system with their clients in mind. Having the use of this fully integrated system will separate us from our competition."


AW: How long has CMiC been in business?


BH: CMiC has been in business 32 years.


AW: Are there specific needs that this company had that made them choose your company over another one?


CMiC required an Integrated Business Development Tool, Project Forecasting Tool and Financial tool that increased interoperability, improved time management and increased knowledge within the organization that could be leveraged to increase efficiency and make better decisions.


AW: What kind of integration does the suite of products have with popular CAD programs?


BH: We allow for full view, markup and document management operations for all CAD programs.


AW: What market share does CMiC have in the AEC market?


BH: CMiC owns 25% of all at risk construction based on ENR's top 100 list.

Eds. Note: Hunter Roberts' CMiC deployment will encompass the full of CMiC product offerings, with particular emphasis on CMiC Customer Relationship Management, that will enable it to identify business opportunities quickly, turn leads into sales and automate lead generation, all completely integrated with the rest of the CMiC suite of products:

CMiC Enterprise - CMiC Financials, CMiC Projects, CMiC Human Capital Management and CMiC Asset Management

CMiC Project Management - CMiC Cost and Budget Management, CMiC Bid and Procurement Management, CMiC Document Management, CMiC Site Management and CMiC Collaboration Manager

CMiC Integration - CMiC Interchange, CMiC Imaging, CMiC Mobile, CMiC Business Intelligence and CMiC Workflow


Announcements


Avatech Solutions, Inc., provider of design and engineering solutions, product lifecycle management, and facilities management, announced the official launch of its Customer Loyalty Program. The Customer Loyalty Program, which was soft-launched in June 2005, is designed to increase and sustain customer loyalty with Customer Advocacy resources for proactive communication and a facilitation of numerous customer care programs.



Appointments


Deltek Systems, Inc. has named Jim Reagan as the company's new Chief Financial Officer. Reagan brings more than 25 years of financial management experience to Deltek and will help position the company in its continuing expansion, both through internal development and future acquisitions in project-oriented target markets.



Training


The Construction Specification Institute and AEC Daily jointly announced the launch of the first of 10 online Certified Document Technologist (CDT) preparatory courses.

The CDT program provides a comprehensive overview for anyone who writes, interprets, enforces, or manages construction documents. Project architects, contractors, contract administrators, material suppliers, and manufacturers' representatives are all realizing the advantages of being Construction Documents Technologists. The CDT exam is revised to reflect the Project Resource Manual - The CSI Manual of Practice and MasterFormat 2004.



New Products


Rasterex Software announced the release of version R7.2 of their popular family of viewing products for Windows.


RxView allows users to view & print more than 250 different file formats (2D & 3D CAD, plot-files, PDF files, Office documents, raster images etc.), without having the design software installed on the machine.


Z Corporation unveiled the ZPrinter(R) 310 Plus. The ZPrinter 310 Plus embodies Z Corp.'s ongoing effort to incorporate high-end 3D printing capabilities into its entry-level products. In addition to the new machine, Z Corp. announced zp(R)130, a new high-performance composite material that enables faster printing, greater detail and richer color.


Epicor Software Corporation, provider of integrated enterprise software solutions for midmarket companies, announced the availability of Epicor Portal, a server framework for self-guided, role-based access to Epicor applications that enables cross-enterprise collaboration, intuitive interfaces and an enhanced end-user experience. Epicor Portal satisfies the increased need for collaboration among consumers, suppliers, partners and employees, while delivering better management of distributed information from a central, secure point of access.


Computer Guidance Corporation unveiled a new version of its construction management software suite - eCMS(R) 3.5.0. With 30 applications that already make up this browser-based suite, this latest version provides a collection of new features and functions including a completely remodeled windows Graphical User Interface utilizing the latest JavaServer(TM) Faces technology, a new SQL Server database structure, new preference options, and an enhanced productivity toolset.


Kubotek USA announced KeyCreator(TM) 5, a new version of its widely used design and manufacturing software. This new version of the software attacks the major interoperability issues that the company's recent surveys have tracked, bridging the gap between designers and engineers who are frequently stymied by incompatible file formats. The new features are particularly valuable to moldmakers and job shops that need to be able to detect and work with specific patterns and features within a model.


Sage Software announced the general availability of Sage Timberline Office 2005, the newest version of its integrated financial and operations software for

The comprehensive release introduces multiple enhancements and new features across the product suites of Accounting, Estimating, Project Management, Procurement, Property Management, Service Management, and Reporting and Other Tools. In addition, the release formally adopts the product suite's new name, Sage Timberline Office (formerly Timberline Office), further marking its role as part of the Sage Software family of products.


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