Meridian Systems Partners with Horizontal to Integrate BIM and Capital Project Management Technology

FOLSOM, Calif. (September 29, 2008) - Meridian Systems, the Plan-Build-Operate technology solutions leader for project-based organizations, announced today a new Independent Software Vendor (ISV) relationship with Horizontal LLC, a leader in technology planning, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and implementation services.

Horizontal brings value to architecture, engineering, construction companies and building owners through information modeling and management solutions. By integrating BIM with construction project management and infrastructure lifecycle management (ILM) solutions, project stakeholders can realize business value across the entire project lifecycle and gain new efficiencies for the organization.

"Horizontal is a thought leader on implementing BIM methodology across the PBO capital project lifecycle," said John Bodrozic, president and cofounder, Meridian Systems. "We are actively working to combine rich BIM models with ILM technology, creating value for both the contractor and building owner through cost reductions and more accurate models of finished buildings."

Building Information Models are key components that are present throughout the entire project lifecycle. For any project, BIM provides a complete lifecycle perspective of design and spatial data, while ILM provides a complete lifecycle of operational business data. Integrating BIM and ILM across multiple touch points creates business value by reducing costs and schedules in the planning, building, and operating of capital projects and facilities.

The Horizontal Glue Server is a Web-based BIM solution that allows bi-directional data flow between BIM models and Meridian solutions, including Prolog® and Proliance® software. In combination with Meridian solutions, the Horizontal Glue Server provides a centralized approach for achieving true Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) by allowing bi-directional data flow between all participants on a construction project. Meridian and Horizontal have already completed an integration between BIM models and Proliance scope documents via the Glue Server.

"By integrating to Meridian solutions, the Horizontal Glue Server provides a centralized approach for achieving true Infrastructure Lifecycle Management and Web-based BIM collaboration," said Jordan Brandt, cofounder and partner at Horizontal. "Documents and Construction Data, such as requests for information (RFI) and material quantities, can be authored within the Building Information Model and directly populate data in Prolog and Proliance. When the BIM is modified, the associated budget, costs and impact to the project's bottom line can be managed within Prolog and Proliance."

More information on how project management software can integrate with BIM models has been detailed in a white paper published by Meridian, titled, "BIM and Project Management: Advancing Integrated Project Delivery on Capital Building Programs." To download the paper, please visit http://my.meridiansystems.com/downloads/.

About Horizontal LLC
Horizontal is an information modeling and management company built upon the needs of the AECOO (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner and Operator) market. Through the creation of custom enterprise technologies, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and expert services, Horizontal offers comprehensive strategies to achieve truly integrated project delivery. For more information on Horizontal visit www.horizontal-llc.com.

Horizontal Contact
Jordan Brandt, Principal
(617) 461-5262, Email Contact

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. To learn more about how project-based organizations are benefitting from Meridian solutions, download a user study from FMI by visiting: www.meridiansystems.com.

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