LAS VEGAS, NV—(Marketwired – Dec 3, 2014) – Newforma, a project information management (PIM) software company transforming building and infrastructure project delivery, today announced it has partnered with NRI, the New York–based leader in digital, print and technology equipment solutions to the AEC industry, to promote construction team collaboration through the viewing and interactive mark–up of full–size plans on large, interactive screens. Newforma's SmartUse app works on Windows 8 operating systems, which support large, touch–enabled screens such as those distributed by NRI. Users of the SmartUse app will improve collaboration by having NRI install interactive screens large enough to facilitate real–time team problem solving.
“NRI is one of the AEC industry's leading innovators in delivering onsite services to architects, engineers and contractors,” said Newforma Chief Executive Officer Ian Howell. “Partnering with NRI to provide hardware and onsite support for our SmartUse app on large format screens in a job trailer, at a project office, or for a design studio simplifies the procurement and setup for our customers and allows us to maintain our focus as a software innovator. It only makes sense to leverage the synergies between our two organizations to offer a combined solution that will empower owners and contractors to share current versions of documents and collaborate easily with each other, with sub–contractors, with the design team.”
“We have witnessed firsthand the industry–wide acceptance of Newforma solutions,” said NRI President Doug Magid. “So many of our clients are moving away from traditional paper processes and are in great need of tools like the SmartUse app and Newforma project information management software. By combining the document sharing, team collaboration and mobility tools delivered by Newforma with our success in providing the latest equipment and technology, together we will help the entire industry to move even faster into digital processes. This is also a perfect fit for the efforts we have developed at the jobsite through programs like techsuite™ modular workspaces by Williams Scotsman.”
The SmartUse app operates on Microsoft Surface tablets, Windows 7 and 8 computers, Apple iPads and large screens operated using the Windows 8 OS. The SmartUse app may be downloaded as a free viewer for unlimited users or as a fully functional limited–time free trial.
The SmartUse app provides construction and operations teams with a simple way to review, annotate, compare, and share the most recent drawings and specifications. The app automates processes, reduces meeting times, and improves team members' understanding of project requirements. More about the technology and features of the SmartUse collaboration app may be seen at www.smartuse.com.
Newforma develops SmartUse and other project information management (PIM) software for design, construction, and operations. Newforma products make up the first industry–focused and integrated solution to connect firms to each other, to their project information, to their processes, and to remote team members, all for the purpose of more successful project delivery. For more information about Newforma, visit www.newforma.com, or phone +1 603–625–6212.
NRI is a nationwide provider of technology, data management and integrated digital document management solutions with more than 100 years of exceptional services. NRI's leased and rental equipment solutions enable firms of all sizes to embrace the latest technology demands without the significant capital expenditure it normally takes to address these needs. Its extensive reach in the AEC industry includes many of the leading architects and engineers as well as contractors it serves directly or through its partnership with Williams Scotsman in the techsuite™ program. www.nrinet.com
© 2014 Newforma, Inc. Newforma is a registered trademark of Newforma, Inc., in the United States and in other countries. SmartUse is a trademark of Newforma Canada ULC. NRI is a trademark of National Reprographics Inc. All other brands or products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and should be treated as such.
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