VISTA Formally Endorses Building Information Modeling (BIM) Standard -- BIMStorm™ Sponsorship Solidifies Commitment to Building Life-Cycle Collaboration

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VISTA Technology Services, Inc. (VISTA) announced that it will sponsor BIMstorm™ Alexandria, Federal Friendly Zones™ this coming Fall 2008. This formal collaboration brings facility planners, architects and builders together in an exchange that promotes information integrity for the built environment. It supports the Federal facilities community in taking a world-leading role in sustainability.

VISTA Technology Services, Inc. (VISTA) announced today that it will become a cosponsor of BIMStorms™. This formal collaboration brings facility planners, architects and builders together in an exchange that promotes information integrity for the built environment. VISTA will sponsor BIMstorm™ Alexandria, Federal Friendly Zones™ this coming Fall 2008.

"Even though our business works further into the life-cycle management process than design and construction, it is critically important that we endorse evolving sustainability standards like BIM and LEED," said VISTA President and Chief Executive Officer David Baxa. "Our bottom line is that it's the right thing to do for our customers, our profession and for our society. We see BIMStorm™ sponsorship as taking one more step towards greater social responsibility as a business."

BIMstorm™ origins date back to the mid-90s when the architecture firm ONUMA was using BIM in ways that focused on the "i" or information piece of Buidling Information Modeling. This emphasis on data allowed worldwide collaboration for ONUMA and its project teams. The process and tools continued to evolve within ONUMA throughout the 90s. At the time, it was common practice for client deliverables to come in form of traditional CAD files or hard copy documents, but not the data itself. Forward-looking clients recognized the value of the underpinning data, and ONUMA gradually started integrating it more closely with projects and engaging the project teams in advanced use of the "i" in BIM.

"BIMStorm™ is a logical progression from these beginnings," according to Baxa. "When ONUMA partnered with the buildingSMART alliance at the National Institute of Building Sciences to create BIMStorm™, the energy and visibility created across the facility professions was significant. It supported the Federal facilities community in taking a world-leading role in sustainability."

VISTA's sponsorship of BIMStorm™ Alexandria, Federal Friendly Zones™ is supporting the transformation of the industry. Many Federal organizations already endorse BIM including the Coast Guard, Smithsonian Institution, General Services Administration, Department of Homeland Security and others. More BIM-compliant buildings in the Federal inventory will reduce the cost of implementing portfolio management and sustainability programs.

"One of our greatest challenges in asset management lies in capturing and sustaining information about buildings that have existed for some time," commented David Baker, VISTA's National Director for Asset Management Solutions. "Anything that our industry can do to reduce data-capture effort and cost will directly make improved life-cycle asset management more obtainable. To that end, BIM data gives life-cycle managers a significant boost forward."

VISTA's core business in facilities asset planning and management will directly benefit from the BIMSmart™ initiative. BIM data is typically created during a building's design and construction phases at the front-end of the life-cycle, when the cost is virtually zero. Bringing an entire portfolio up to BIM standards will be a landmark for life-cycle asset planning and management.

About VISTA:
VISTA is the leader in decision support analytics and technology-based solutions for government real property. Government executives use VISTA for information technology, management consulting, decision support systems and services. Our focus on real property helps our clients gain the greatest value from money they spend on buildings, land and infrastructure.

VISTA's services and solutions help collect and analyze massive volumes of data. The result is high quality financial performance information that makes it easier to plan and implement effective policy, management, resource stewardship, and budget choices.

In short - VISTA builds better decision support. We help customers evolve best practices, consistent reporting and performance measures, all related to the best use of assets while managing costs. For more than 20 years, VISTA's solutions have helped government run better - cutting costs, eliminating waste and improving performance. To learn more, visit http://www.vistatsi.com.

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