Newforma Launches Newforma Project Center Eighth Edition
01.18.2011
Industry-proven PIM software enhanced with capabilities for managing document control, meeting minutes, project images, file sharing and remote access to project information

 

Manchester, N.H.-18 January 2011-Newforma®, a software company addressing the project information management (PIM) needs of architecture, engineering and construction firms, announced today the eighth edition of its industry-proven Newforma® Project Center software. The enhanced solution delivers greater transparency, improved accountability and reduced risk for AEC project teams.

Newforma Project Center is already trusted by industry-leading AEC firms to manage information on more than 420,000 projects by indexing over 500 terabytes of data, filing more than 100 million project emails, logging more than three million transmittals, tracking over 500,000 submittals and more. Now, Newforma Project Center Eighth Edition incorporates significant additional capabilities and customer-requested enhancements for managing key project information and further streamlining project delivery, including:

· Document control - A new Document Control activity center enables AEC project teams to standardize revision management of record documents issued for review, permitting and construction without disruption to existing document filing protocols. Document control can be used to manage sheet sets from Autodesk® Revit® as well as related project processes such as action items, markup, RFIs and change orders.
· Actionable meeting minutes - A new Meeting Minutes activity center simplifies the management of agendas, minutes and follow-on commitments associated with project meetings in order to keep project teams focused and accountable for project priorities. The Meeting Minutes activity center links meetings scheduled in Microsoft® Outlook® with related action items and supporting documents, and tracks action items, RFIs and other open project items across a series of meetings until they are resolved.
· Project images - A new Project Images activity center enables firms to take control of the ever-expanding volume of digital site photos and project images. Photos and images can be located with ease regardless of their location in project folders, and may be filtered, sorted, searched and grouped by any image file property, including EXIF properties such as camera model, date taken, tags and subject. Additionally, images can be tagged with project keywords for search and filter-based discovery and retrieval.
· Shared files and coordinated folders - Newforma® Info Exchange, the file transfer communication server deployed in conjunction with Newforma Project Center, has also been enhanced in Eighth Edition. In addition to the existing capabilities to easily and securely transfer large project files with automatic logging and tracking of who downloaded what and when, project folders on the network can now be linked and automatically synchronized with folders on the Info Exchange server. Internal users simply copy files into synchronized folders to share them with remote external or internal team members. External team members and remote internal users can now upload files via Info Exchange using a new drag-and-drop capability. Download access and upload permissions for external team members, as well as sending email notifications and reminders, can all be managed by internal users with no need for IT support.
· Remote access to project information - Newforma Info Exchange now delivers role-based remote access capabilities for internal and external team members from any internet-connected browser, even via an Apple® iPad® digital device. Live access to project information from the field including record document revisions, meeting minutes, full log views of RFIs, submittals, change orders, action items and more helps project teams avoid delays in making decisions. Smartphone access is also available using the Newforma® Mobile option.

Microsoft® Office® Excel® reporting - Easily modified Excel-based templates can now be used to customize the formatting of reports throughout Newforma Project Center.

Building Information Management and Spatial Index activity centers - New Building Information Management and Spatial Index activity centers provide project teams with a spreadsheet interface for editing sheets, spaces and properties from a Revit building information model. Bi-directional synchronization is provided through the optional Newforma® Add-in for Autodesk® Revit®.

Newforma Vice President of Product Management Bob Batcheler explains, "In this our eighth edition of Newforma Project Center, we are taking another major step forward in the fulfillment of our vision to help A, E and C firms work together more effectively. Not only have we included many user-requested enhancements, but we have also added significant new functionality to address more of the project delivery work processes that our customers use on a daily and weekly basis. Integrating meeting minutes with action items, linking the new BIM activity center with Revit, enhancing remote access functionality, adding practical document control, standardizing on Microsoft Excel for reporting and providing tools to manage the explosion of digital site photos all combine to make this our most exciting Newforma Project Center product release yet."

Newforma Project Center will be commercially available in the second quarter of 2011 upon completion of product acceptance testing by industry-leading AEC firms participating in the Newforma Limited Customer Release program.


About Newforma
Newforma is a project information management (PIM) software company serving architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) organizations worldwide. The Newforma PIM solution, anchored by the industry-proven Newforma® Project Center software, helps AEC firms organize and share project information, drive accountability, raise transparency and streamline project delivery processes, including those surrounding building information modeling (BIM), integrated project delivery (IPD), contract management and more. Newforma Project Center is currently being used by industry-leading AEC firms to manage information on more than 420,000 projects.

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