Constructech Magazine Presents Special Vision Award to Meadowlands Stadium Construction Team

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Skanska USA, Tekla Corporation and Vela Systems are honored for project uitilizing new RFID/ BIM technology to achieve $1 million savings and expedited work schedule

During its annual Vision Awards ceremony, held August 22, 2008, Constructech Magazine presented a special Team Award to Skanska Building USA, Tekla Corporation and Vela Systems for work on the new $998 million open-air Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey, the future home of the regions major football teams. Each year, Constructech presents the honor to one project team that has experienced considerable success using leading-edge technology on a project or program. At the Meadowlands, Tekla and Vela Systems united 4D building information modeling (BIM) with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to create a new solution that Skanska projects will deliver $1 million in cost savings.

Created specifically for the project by Vela Systems, a developer of mobile field software for the AECO (architecture, engineering, contractor and owner) industry, and Tekla Corporation, a leading BIM solutions provider for the building and construction industry, the joint software solution brings dramatic new management capabilities to construction. The solution marries Vela's patent-pending field administration software with Tekla's construction management solutions. When enabled with field software and RFID, stakeholders in a construction project can manage critical-path building components and visualize the supply chain through a real-time, 4D simulation in which the fourth dimension is time. The joint Field BIM solution enables the AECO industry to feed into BIM the constantly changing status of the supply chain in the field.

Through the use of patent-pending RFID technology to tag and track materials, Skanska has used the joint Tekla/Vela solution to capture important information about building materials from vendors and merge it in the 3D model in real-time. As a result, the building schedule at the Meadowlands project has been greatly expedited, with Skanska projecting a savings of 10 days accounting for $1 million in costs savings.

Traditionally, BIM tools have primarily focused on design and coordination, not supply chain management. By combining the technology with mobile field software, further enhanced by technologies such as RFID, AECO leaders gain unprecedented supply chain visibility for assessing status, controlling quality and coordinating the scheduling of building materials across a distributed environment, encompassing everything from manufacturing to delivery and installation. The solution also improves future, post-handover operations such as facilities and warranty management.

"Vela Systems has been used to manage safety inspections, deliver construction documents electronically to field personnel, account for the cost of construction quality, ensure punch list items are completed and more," said Tim Curran, Vela Systems' CEO. "By combining our solution with Tekla's BIM software, AECO leaders can now enhance their decision-making with a total grasp on the materials available for construction. Our customers' ideas and needs continue to drive us to innovate and introduce new standards in construction technology."

"Integrating BIM & RFID shows a genuine advancement of project management technologies," said Stacy Scopano, Business Development Manager, Contractor Segment - Tekla Corporation. "Making critical aspects of supply chain management and field coordination centralized -- and now even visual -- represents a very significant step forward for technology-enhanced project control."

The Tekla/Vela solution is now available to the construction industry and is jointly marketed by Vela Systems and Tekla Corporation. For more information on the joint solution, contact Vela Systems at 888.VELA.SYS (888.835.2797) ext. 2 or email info@velasystems.com; or contact Tekla at 1.877.Tekla-OK (877.835.5265) or email info.us@tekla.com.

Now in its 9th year, The Constructech Vision Awards honor companies that have realized the advantages of applying innovative technologies to their everyday businesses as well as the technology enablers that have helped them achieve their goal.

About Tekla Corporation
Tekla's model-based software products make customers' core processes more effective in building and construction and infrastructure management. Tekla Corporation has area offices and partner organizations worldwide. International operations account for nearly 85% of net sales. Founded in 1966, Tekla is one of the longest operating software companies in Finland. For additional information please visit http://www.tekla.com.

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.

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