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MPS Joins aecXML Initiative to Create Open Standards for Online Project Management.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 31, 2000

Initiative Designed to Eliminate Ambiguities in Tracking Online

Project Management for the Architecture, Engineering

and Construction Industry

Meridian Project Systems (MPS) has joined the International Alliance for Interoperability, an organization dedicated to open standards for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. This long anticipated announcement insures MPS will continue playing a defining role in aecXML, one of the working domains of the International Alliance for Interoperability.

aecXML is an open standard for the AEC industry based on the eXtensible Markup Language (XML), the hottest new internet standard for data interchange. The initiative strives to develop an XML schema to describe information specific to the exchanges between participants involved in designing, constructing and operating buildings, plants, infrastructure and facilities.

"The impact of aecXML doesn't necessarily lay in its technology strengths, but in its acceptance as an industry standard," said David Towert, MPS CEO. "As a leading vendor of architectural, engineering and construction software, Meridian feels a responsibility to embrace and support sound initiatives such as aecXML."

Towert also said that his commitment to providing the best quality product at an affordable price to his customers was a big part of the reason Meridian decided to join the initiative. "We are always evaluating new technology and better ways to serve our customers," he added. "We are extremely customer-driven."

The theory behind the aecXML initiative is that it will "open up" the industry so that AEC professionals are all on the same page when working on or managing a project.

"As a technology XML is exciting as it provides an ideal mechanism for overcoming the historic difficulties of data exchange across application and organizational boundaries," said Cameron G. Smith, vice president of Development for MPS. "However more exciting than the technology is the growing support for aecXML within the AEC industry. Meridian Project Systems was pleased to announce at this years aecXML mid-year meeting that it has joined several of the aecXML Working Groups and has pledged support, experience and technical resources to this important initiative."

"Meridian believes in open standards and easy access to information among the various facets of the AEC industry," Towert added. "In particular, the business models based upon withholding information rather than adding real value are not in the best interest of our customers and the AEC community. Meridian is working hard to ensure that information is freely available to its customers; aecXML as vital to this effort."

About Meridian Project Systems

Meridian Project Systems (MPS) is a leading Internet solutions company for the architectural, engineering, and construction industry (AEC). MPS eBusiness solutions allow owners, architects, engineers, construction managers, and subcontractors to collaborate throughout the building process using the World Wide Web. In addition to Internet solutions, MPS also designs and develops software solutions that allows construction managers and building owners to manage the complex process of major construction projects including cost control, purchasing, engineering, document management and field supervision. MPS products are in use today in many Fortune 500 companies including General Electric, The Walt Disney Co., Marriott International Inc., Turner Construction Co., and Peter Kiewit and Sons Inc. Additionally, MPS products are used by 50 of the top 100 contractors in the United States. MPS, a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider, was founded in 1993 and is a privately held company headquartered in Sacramento, with a Research and Development Center in Vancouver, B.C. For more information see

About aecXML Initiative

Bentley Systems, Inc. began the aecXML initiative in August 1999. The initiative is now under the administrative umbrella of the International Alliance for Interoperability as the aecXML domain. Currently, there are seven working groups and over 600 interested participants involved in the development of this standard.
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