Ryan Companies US Integrates Construction Project Management Software with Building Information Modeling

Meridian Systems, the Plan-Build-Operate technology solutions leader for project-based organizations, announced today that Ryan Companies US, Inc. (Ryan)is using Building Information Modeling (BIM) in conjunction with Proliance® software. Ryan is working directly with Horizontal Systems, Inc. (Horizontal), a Meridian Independent Software Vendor (ISV) to enable BIM data integration with its capital program management software system. Ryan is a nationally recognized builder, developer, designer and real estate manager that has been using Proliance since 2007.

"Increasingly sophisticated technologies are improving our Infrastructure Lifecycle Management processes, and enabling us to leverage BIM in a much more powerful way," said Frank Sarno, director of construction applications, Ryan. "For example, in the past, we would package up our BIM files, date stamp them, and have a meeting to discuss that set of documents. Now, with the integration that Horizontal has implemented with Meridian, real-time discussions have replaced these meetings, saving us hours, even days."

Horizontal is an information modeling and management company offering lifecycle solutions for the build environment. Horizontal Glue is an integrated project database that links BIM software to cost estimating, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and project management software. Data from the BIM program, Autodesk's Revit Architecture, is pushed to the Glue Server. The Server then integrates attribute information to link objects in the model with line items in Proliance software.

Proliance combined with the Horizontal Glue Server's Web-based interface makes model viewing rather intuitive for project managers who would otherwise have to learn Revit. Additionally, Glue integrates with Tablet PCs, enabling project superintendents in the field to access model data.

"Combined with the collaborative environment of Proliance, the Glue Server enables Ryan's employees to replace time consuming processes with real-time discussions," said Jordan Brandt, CEO and cofounder for Horizontal. "Ryan selected the Glue Server because it eliminated the need for data related to tasks, such as schedule coordination, clash detection and quantity takeoff, to be separately entered into Revit and Proliance."

Proliance uniquely combines project and portfolio management, business process management and business analytics into one system of record, enabling large enterprises to track how their real estate, construction and facilities portfolios are performing.

About Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Ryan Companies, Inc., a nationally recognized builder, developer, designer and real estate manager, has specialized in fully integrated solutions for more than 70 years. Ryan builds lasting relationships with a project delivery model based on full-service customized solutions and total collaboration - pairing the customer's needs and expectations with the talents of a team of constructors, architects, engineers, developers, financiers and property managers. In addition to its Minneapolis office, Ryan has offices in Chicago, Phoenix, San Diego, Tampa, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, visit www.ryancompanies.com .

About Horizontal Systems, Inc.

Horizontal is an information modeling and management company offering lifecycle solutions for the built environment. Horizontal Glue(TM) technology delivers a robust platform for web-based BIM collaboration. Glue enables owners, engineers and builders to manage the design review process and coordinate all trades from one centralized model database, while leveraging direct integrations between live object data and Meridian's industry leading solutions.

For more information on Horizontal visit www.horizontalsystems.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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