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Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo to manages campus-wide growth with facilities management system

Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo to manages campus-wide growth with facilities management system

Baltimore, MD — August 14, 2003 — Avatech Solutions Inc., a provider of design automation and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions for the manufacturing, building design and engineering markets, has announced that a Total Infrastructure and Facilities Management (FM) solution developed in cooperation with its FM consulting group is being implemented by Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo (SUA).

SUA's FM system will enable the campus community, consisting of over 350 staff, faculty and students, to have access to information about the University's infrastructure and building-related data, according to the University.

SUA also said it would soon showcase its "digital dashboard" strategic assessment model that is highly anticipated by higher educational institutions across North America.

Avatech said it provided needs analysis, software, customization, implementation, training and support to help SUA accomplish all of its enterprise system goals with a single-source provider.

Avatech's FM team worked with SUA operating staff to round out its FM solution by introducing OSIS spacial management software from Idisis. This extended the functionality of the University's ARCHIBUS, AutoCAD and Autodesk MapGuide software, and enabled Web access to data, according to Avatech. By redeveloping SUA's CAD library, Avatech said it utilized existing CAD drawings and extended them out to users in a graphical representation, and automatic updates of CAD files are now completed in moments, saving hours of work.

SUA said that the provider has enabled them to open portals through the OSIS system and use its maintenance management software to track and report performance metrics in four areas via the digital dashboard format: financial, processes, customer and employee relations.

"Avatech has been a trusted partner in helping make Soka University a state-of-the-art facility that is attracting a high caliber of students and faculty from around the world," said Tom Harkenrider, chief of operations at Soka University. "The facilities management system serves as a solid infrastructure for us to manage the high growth and expansion we are expecting over the next five to 10 years."