City of Dallas Implements Prolog to Reduce Infrastructure Costs

Leading project and program management software creates efficiencies and cuts costs for ninth largest city in the United States

FOLSOM, Calif. (May 5, 2005) - Meridian Systems and A+ Integrated Solutions announce that the City of Dallas, Texas, has implemented the Prolog Application Suite for municipal construction, development and maintenance. During a time of lean city budgets nationwide, Dallas, the ninth largest city in the United States, has chosen Prolog to reduce rising personnel costs and provide improved services to Dallas citizens.

"Like many other cities in the nation, we are facing tough budget times coupled with the need to renovate our city's aging infrastructure," said Dallas Project Manager Paul Hodgson. "We have capital improvement plans in the works and a big job facing us in the next few years. Working with a $436 million construction and major maintenance budget across seven departments that cover hundreds of projects, we need to see at a high-level how efficient we're being and how we can improve."

Prolog delivers in-depth project management features across projects and programs in the areas of collaboration, purchasing management, scheduling, cost control, document management and field administration. Using Prolog, the City of Dallas will manage multiple projects in one database, view all construction and development projects to find trends and identify problems early, and track multiple levels of department efficiency and performance. Prolog will allow the city to do more with less and make its existing staff more efficient.

The City of Dallas determined its need for process standardization and selected Prolog to address those needs through a partnership with A+ Integrated Solutions, a Meridian Authorized Premier Partner and professional services vendor for Dallas, Texas, and the central United States.

"The city had a very disjointed project management system, with people using different methods in each of the seven departments. Our detailed needs analysis drilled down to what each department member was doing and then made recommendations on how they could perform each task faster and with better consistency," said Eric Fletcher, president of A+ Integrated Solutions.

A+ Integrated Solutions also developed a citizen-accessible website with real-time construction updates. For instance citizens in the historic West End District can visit the City of Dallas site (beginning late 2nd quarter 2005), and access information on planned and current street improvements, including start and finish dates, and scope and reason for construction.

Even as the national economy has recovered, state and local governments are still tasked with creating new programs and facilities with less money. "Controlling and reducing construction costs help our city save money on development and allows us to efficiently provide our citizens with the services they need," said Hodgson.

To contact A+ Integrated Solutions, or a certified Meridian Global Reseller in your area, about infrastructure cost reduction, visit http://www.meridiansystems.com/partners/findreseller.asp.


About A+ Integrated Solutions
A+ Integrated Solutions, Inc. (A+IS) is an award-winning provider of comprehensive technical solutions, delivering software, technical support, consulting, training, deployment, and integration services. A+IS has served the technical software needs of the architecture, engineering, construction, real estate, government, and manufacturing industries for over 16 years. As a privately owned business based in Texas, A+IS currently employs 20 individuals and supports over 23,000 licenses of software products. Visit http://www.aplusis.com or contact A+IS at (800) 600-2896 for more information.

About Meridian Systems
Meridian Systems provides software solutions that optimize the plan, build and operate phases of real estate, construction and other physical infrastructure initiatives. Meridian solutions are used by more than 8,500 of today’s large building owners, government agencies, and engineering and construction firms to improve top-line revenue growth while reducing their capital construction costs.

Meridian uniquely provides both traditional software and hosted ASP solutions, and ranks as a market share leader in project management software among general contractors with over $100 million in revenue*. Meridian has an impressive track record of revenue growth over its 11-year history, and has been repeatedly recognized as a Constructech Hottest Technology company. Meridian is headquartered in Folsom, Calif. For more information, call Meridian at 1-800-850-2660, or go to www.meridiansystems.com/pr050505.

*Statistics excerpted from CFMA's 2004 Information Technology Survey for the Construction Industry, fourth edition with the permission of the Construction Financial Management Association, Princeton, NJ, 609-452-8000.

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