Swinerton Incorporated, The Premier Builder in the West, Chooses CMiC Open Enterprise v10

TORONTO – August 16, 2010 – CMiC, the leader in providing software solutions for the construction industry, announced today that Swinerton Incorporated, one of the nation’s largest General Contractors, choose CMiC Open Enterprise v10 to reduce transaction time and improve productivity by integrating all project management functions on a single, integrated database.

"CMiC Open Enterprise v10 had an intuitive workflow that matched our own internal processes," said Dave Higgins Jr., Regional Manager. "We believe that using this software will allow our field employees to be more productive and allow them to focus on tasks that will add more value to our clients. Since CMiC Open Enterprise v10 uses a single database, the software allows for more information to be combined to improve speed and accuracy of project final costs, information that is always critical for our clients."

Swinerton, based in San Francisco and with offices in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Texas, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington, and with 400 to 500 projects ongoing at any given time, built their own change management system in the 1980’s, which was an effective tool in its time. However, the custom system lacked collaboration features and the ability to provide real time information. After an extensive investigation of the company’s operational needs and an examination of both a Tier One and a Tier Two solution, Swinerton decided that CMiC Open Enterprise v10 was the right construction software solution for their project management requirements.

"I remember walking out of the room after the first demo and we were all in a state of shock, in a good way," said Higgins. “CMiC Project Management seemed to grasp how general contractors do business, and had a complete solution based on the progression of a life of a project."

Swinerton did a thorough examination of CMiC Open Enterprise v10, comparing business processes performed in Swinerton’s custom system and in the CMiC system. "We videotaped sessions of employees performing basic tasks and timed and counted mouse clicks and steps they had to go through," said Higgins. "We then did the same thing for the same processes but with CMiC system. We found that we could reduce the time per transaction significantly. We feel that having an integrated system is a great opportunity for us."

Swinerton is nationally recognized as a leader in delivering sustainable construction solutions by utilizing BIM, Design-Build and IPD - based delivery methods and Lean Construction technologies, and plans on using the advanced technical capabilities of CMiC Open Enterprise v10 to continue Swinerton’s goal in being the Premier Builder in the West. "We look forward to be able to improve interoperability between systems. As Owners develop their own project information systems, we hope to be able to exchange information with them via XML to avoid duplicate entry, which ultimately saves them money," said Higgins. "As project delivery methods change to more collaborative methods, such as design build and IPD, we need to be able to utilize CMiC software to enhance the flow of information between all partners. We expect that CMiC Open Enterprise v10 applications will be modified as the industry adopts new practices." 

"We are very pleased that Swinerton has chosen CMiC Open Enterprise v10," said Bassem Hamdy, vice president, solutions, CMiC. "With the incredibly flexible and open technical infrastructure of CMiC Open Enterprise v10, Swinerton will be able to increase interoperability and operate with real-time project information, enhancing their already high level of customer service. Swinerton joins the growing list of companies that have recognized the benefits of CMiC Open Enterprise v10, the most advanced, fully integrated, construction-specific software solution ever created. We are confident Swinerton will achieve new heights of success in using CMiC software."


About Swinerton Incorporated
The Swinerton Family of Companies provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the Western United States and is consistently ranked among the Top 25 General Contractors in the U.S. (by Engineering News-Record Magazine). Established in 1888, Swinerton formally incorporated in the State of California in 1908 and holds California Contractor License No. 92. Swinerton is a 100% employee-owned company and has established a reputation for highest-quality service, outstanding workmanship and ethical business practices.

About CMiC
CMiC is the leader in creating the most advanced and technologically open enterprise-wide software solutions for the construction industry for over 35 years.  With some of the largest AEC/O organizations in North America as clients, CMiC has unique insight into the business needs of the industry. CMiC Open Enterprise v10 is most advanced construction software solution ever created that lowers costs, improves productivity and increases interoperability.

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