PRESS RELEASE Dataflow and McGraw

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Dataflow, Inc.
320 North Goodman St
Suite 200
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 271-5730
telephone
(585) 271-3752 fax
[email protected]
www.goDataflow.com
PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dataflow and McGraw-Hill Construction / Dodge to Provide AEC Community in
Upstate NY with Seamless Document Management Solution
NEW PROJECT DOCUMENT MANAGER SOLUTION THE FIRST OF ITS KIND; WILL ENABLE
SEAMLESS DOCUMENT CONTROL OVER THE ENTIRE LIFECYCLE OF THE PROJECT; DIRECT
LINK TO ON-DEMAND DATAFLOW LOCAL PRINTING SERVICES; INTEGRATED WITH
MCGRAW-HILL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT NETWORK/DODGE PROJECT
NEWS/PLANS/SPECS; INTEROPERABLE WITH LEADING PROJECT MANAGEMENT
SOFTWARE.
BINGHAMTON, NY April 12, 2007 — Dataflow, Inc. today announced the availability of
a new project lifecycle and document management service, Project Document Manager
(PDM), co-developed with its partner ReproMAX and McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The
McGraw-Hill Companies. The service will provide Architects, Engineers and General
Contractors (the “AEC” community) with the ability to manage all project intelligence and
construction documents on a secure platform.
Through PDM Dataflow and McGraw-Hill Construction will offer more efficient management
of the entire workflow process-from design through bidding, project management, project
closing, and even operations -- the entire construction lifecycle. Construction documents
will be available online and easily shared or routed to any of the 8 Dataflow outlets.
Dataflow provides its services and technology products through a network of eight service
centers across Upstate New York: Albany, Binghamton, Corning, Ithaca, Rochester,
Rotterdam, Syracuse and Utica. Dataflow is the exclusive Upstate New York partner in
ReproMAX, a network of over 300 independently-owned reprographics locations across the
U.S., Canada and Europe, extending our reach nationwide and beyond. McGraw-Hill
Construction / Dodge Planrooms are located in Dataflow offices in Rochester and Syracuse.
Albany – Binghamton – Corning – Ithaca – Rochester – Rotterdam – Saratoga Springs – Syracuse -- Utica
www.goDataflow.com
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Whether an AEC firm relies on paper documentation or is gradually moving toward a
paperless process, Project Document Manager will make critical daily tasks easier to
manage and control, including the ability to:
* track, view, share the McGraw-Hill Construction Network(R) (Dodge Reports) -- news,
plans, and specs -- through the entire project lifecycle;
* upload or scan documents -- including version control -- for plans, specifications,
addenda, bid packages, RFI's and submittals;
* organize and route documents electronically to any project member; manage and
organize contact by project, construction code, or any other attribute;
* manage bids; pre-qualify subs; send out notifications for addenda, Invitations to bid
(ITB's) or invitations to pre-qualify, automatically;
* markup or comment on documents, online or offline;
* access project information from any remote location;
* integrate with leading project and risk management systems;
* closeout projects electronically; and,
* archive projects accurately and easily, with the ability to provide easy online access to
a searchable database.
"PDM makes it easier to share critical information among members of construction project
teams," said Julie McCormick, Partner, Dataflow, Inc. "Our large AEC customers tell us
that they could run their projects much more efficiently if they had a document
management system that made it easier to manage, view, track and share the
construction documents for a project from beginning to end. That's what we created and
are very proud to be launching in Upstate New York with our partner, McGraw Hill /
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Dodge. While Dataflow like everyone else is very excited about the digital world, we still
must deal with today's reality -- lots of paper. This will make it significantly easier."
PDM's flexible, "open architecture" makes it compatible with project management tools
that AEC firms use today, enabling easy integration with current business processes and
practices. This holds true whether a company's preference is to work in a fully digital
environment or in a partially digital/partially print environment. Should a company choose
to operate in a fully digital environment; the addition of PDM further enables the workflow
process and reduces the need for paper, thus setting the stage for significant sustainability
improvements across the industry. “We call it ‘GREENPRINTING’ of blueprints” says
McCormick.
"PDM provides long term value to the AEC community -- enabling interoperability
throughout the project lifecycle. The level of business efficiency and flexibility associated
with PDM's digital and print capabilities is unprecedented. No matter what the work
environment, PDM will provide increased productivity and savings," said Rick Bosworth,
President, ReproMAX.
What some current PDM customers are saying:
Hill International, a leading global Construction Manager, needed integration of
applications (interoperability). "We are always looking for ways to improve communication
and collaboration in project management," said David L. Richter, President and COO of Hill
International. "McGraw Hill Construction's project information management solution will
help us maximize project lifecycle communication and minimize our client's risk," he
added.
"Through the use of McGraw-Hill Construction's project database, combined with PDM and
further integrated with our existing project management tools, we were able to integrate
everything on a collaborative scale," says Shaun Pressley, project controls engineer, Hill
International. "The ROI is clear and helps us differentiate our services with owner
relationships as well as mitigate potentially costly risks throughout a project."
When Skanska USA Building Inc. a leading international and local provider of construction,
preconstruction consulting, general contracting and design build services, wanted a
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solution easily accessible by the subcontractors and capable of managing, tracking and
reviewing subcontractor's qualifications responses, they turned to PDM. According to Chris
Stockley, senior vice president and chief information officer, Skanska, "The existing
solution was a burden on Skanska and our subcontractors. We wanted a solution that
would simplify the entire bidding process which as a result would encourage our
subcontractors to bid on our projects. PDM provided us that solution. The new prequalification processes helped Skanska increase accuracy, reduce the number of prequalifications to review, created a single, central information repository and increased the
number of bidders per project."
About Dataflow
Since its founding in 1958, Dataflow, Inc. has worked to meet the needs of its customers
by expanding its network of service centers and by constantly updating its technology.
Today, Dataflow provides business-to-business document management services to
Architects, Engineers General Contractors (the “AEC” market), as well as to schools,
universities, hospitals, manufacturing and other industries.
Dataflow provides its services and technology products on-site at our customers' locations
and through a network of eight service centers across Upstate New York: Albany,
Binghamton, Corning, Ithaca, Rochester, Rotterdam, Syracuse and Utica. Dataflow is the
exclusive Upstate New York partner in ReproMAX, a network of over 300 independentlyowned reprographics locations across the U.S., Canada and Europe, extending our reach
nationwide and beyond. Additionally, ReproMAX and Dataflow’s alliance with McGraw-Hill
Construction (MHC) provides improved collection of project information enabling even
faster availability of critical project information to the AEC industry at MHC’s Dodge Plan
Rooms.
About McGraw-Hill Construction
McGraw-Hill Construction connects people, projects and products across the design and
construction industry. For more than a century, the company has remained North
America's leading provider of construction project information, plans and specifications,
product information, industry news, and industry trends and forecasts. In print and online,
the company offers a variety of tools, applications, and resources that easily integrate with
its customers' workflows.
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About ReproMAX
ReproMAX is the world's largest international network of independent printing and
technology companies dedicated to promoting excellence in construction printing services
and document management technology. ReproMAX partners are industry leaders with
long-standing reputations for their commitment to quality and exemplary customer
service. ReproMAX currently serves over 350 locations around the world. For more
information, visit www.goDataflow.com/.
For more information contact:
Julie McCormick, Partner
(585) 978-1126 cell phone
[email protected]
www.goDataflow.com
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