Cianbro Employs Vela Systems' Mobile Field Software to Support Safety and Green Construction at DestinyUSA

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Software on Tablet PCs enables Cianbro to manage safety and interact on-site with thousands of documents electronically, eliminating tons of paper

Vela Systems, a developer of mobile field software for the AECO (Architecture-Engineering-Contractor-Owner) industry, today announced that Cianbro, a leading employee-owned contractor and service company based in Maine, is using Vela Systems' software to manage field operations in the construction of DestinyUSA, a sustainable shopping, hotel and event destination in Syracuse, NY. The project is a national leader in its use of green construction methods and techniques.

DestinyUSA is being developed by The Pyramid Companies. The current phase involves the construction of a $350 million, 3 story, mall expansion at the Carousel Center in Syracuse, NY. Cianbro is the construction manager and is implementing a cutting-edge sustainable construction plan that has drawn national attention. The plan includes the use of biodiesel instead of fossil fuels, the recycling of 97 percent of construction waste and a paperless worksite.

Vela Systems' mobile field software replaces the notebooks and tubes of drawings normally carried by construction personnel with software that was designed from the ground up for use on a Tablet PC. Using a special pen or stylus, field personnel can write directly on the screen in their own handwriting, and the Tablet automatically converts this writing to electronic text. The software suite includes modules that replace each of the field tasks that take place on a job site, including work lists, punch lists, field reports and safety inspections. With Vela Systems, customers have accelerated project delivery by two days or more per month and saved millions of dollars on more than 350 projects from Las Vegas to Dubai.

Cianbro is using Vela Systems at DestinyUSA to track safety and to distribute key documents and specifications electronically. With Vela Systems, Cianbro can manage safety compliance on an individual project or across the entire project portfolio, for one sub-contractor or for all of them. Throughout the process, the software automatically creates an auditable paper trail of consistent, repeatable processes to help protect against lawsuits. In addition, Vela Systems' ability to store electronic documents on a Tablet-PC eliminates the need for workers to carry paper drawings and specifications back and forth between the office and the job site, which saves time and increases accuracy.

"DestinyUSA is a model for green construction," said Brian Watson, Project Manager, at Cianbro. "We've embraced a paperless process for this job, and Vela Systems is playing a large role in that effort. Not only has Vela Systems been able to substantially reduce the amount of paper we use on site, but it has also significantly sped up project delivery by reducing communication delays between what's happening in the field and what's being managed in the office."

"Pyramid Construction is committed to making the DestinyUSA project a national example for the effective use of renewable resources and advanced technology," said Bob Congel, founder of Pyramid and the developer behind DestinyUSA. "Vela Systems has helped make a paperless worksite a reality."

"Green construction is an important trend in our industry, and Cianbro is leading the way on the DestinyUSA project," said Tim Curran, CEO of Vela Systems. "With Vela Systems, Cianbro and other AECO leaders are reducing paper waste, saving money, and delivering higher quality. If the UPS drive can use a mobile device to deliver a package, construction personnel can use a Tablet PC to help deliver a project."

Cianbro will be presenting in a virtual conference on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 1pm ET to explain in more detail how it is using mobile technology to create a paperless jobsite, increase efficiency and improve safety. Please visit http://www.velasystems.com/virtualconf.php to register.

About Vela Systems
Vela Systems is The Leader in Field Software for the AECO Industryâ„¢. Vela Systems software streamlines and accelerates all field processes in construction and capital projects. By replacing their field notebooks with Vela software and Tablet PCs, Vela's customers save 5-10 hours per week per user, accelerate project delivery by two days per month, capture the true cost of quality and reduce litigation risk through standardized documentation. Vela's suite of modules includes field reports, safety inspections, work lists, punch lists, schedule updates and many other critical field activities. Industry leading architects, engineers, contractors and owners agree that Vela Systems helps them Work Faster, Collaborate Easier, and Finish Soonerâ„¢. To see how Vela's customers are improving construction delivery from Las Vegas to Dubai, please visit http://www.velasystems.com or call 888.VELA.SYS.

About Cianbro Companies
Cianbro is an employee owned company and a leading health and safety innovator providing construction and service solutions to clients throughout North America. With the ability to self-perform all aspects of heavy industrial and civil construction projects, Cianbro also provides steel fabrication, modularized construction and construction management services. To learn more please visit http://www.cianbro.com.

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