AEC Software Highlights Benefits of Green Project Management at PCBC 2008
-- FastTrack Schedule --
STERLING, VAJun 25, 2008AEC Software, a leading developer of project-focused and business productivity solutions, announced today its participation at PCBC 2008, homebuilding's premier tradeshow and conference in San Francisco, CA. At booth #7637, AEC Software will showcase the green project management capabilities of its award-winning project management solution, FastTrack Schedule 9.2, including green project templates, green residential building example files and other easy-to-use scheduling capabilities.
FastTrack Schedule 9.2, available in a Vista-certified Windows version and a compatible Leopard-ready Mac version, simplifies project scheduling into a cost-effective tool ideal for residential builders, developers, architects, financiers, product manufacturers, consultants and their project teams. The program has green project templates to help builders, architects, and crews more efficiently meet the specific LEEDï¿½ requirements for green building certification.
FastTrack Schedule user and green builder, Hammond & Company, is a design and construction company located in Sonoma County, California. They have built their reputation and their business over the past 28 years by creating functional and esthetic designs based on sustainable design and building principles, while employing environmentally responsible practices and solutions.
"We were a green building company long before people were talking about it. We strive to achieve the highest level of sustainability in all our projects including those requiring LEEDï¿½ certification, but in order to achieve true sustainable, green building certification we are required to follow a certain plan, achieve specific milestones at certain times, and check various marks along the way," said Steven Eichbaum, Project Manager and Certified Green Building Professional, of Hammond & Company. "AEC Software's FastTrack Schedule enables us to accomplish this by making it easy to plan ahead for short-term and long-term goals, communicate with each other and make necessary changes along the course of the project. The green templates are a tremendous boost as well; they help us chart for the specific green steps not required for traditional building projects. We feel like they were designed exactly for our needs."
FastTrack Schedule 9.2 keeps companies on schedule and on budget with their projects. Graphical timelines clearly display activity status, cash flows, deadlines, and goals. FastTrack Schedule 9.2 is ideal for both experienced and first-time project managers and includes robust data exchange with other project management programs including Microsoft Project.
FastTrack Schedule has received numerous awards from leading building publications including: Constructech's 'Top Product' Award for 2008, Professional Builder's 100 Best New Products for 2007, Building Products 2007 Most Valuable Product Award, Electrical Contracting Products' 2007 INNOVATION Award Finalist, and Small Business Technology Magazines Top 10 Product of the Year Award for 2006.
"As the lead project manager, FastTrack Schedule has made my life so much easier. I can see everything on a single screen--long gone are the days where I'm flipping through papers and books trying to figure out where we are with what, or struggling to coordinate among all the different people doing their part on a project," added Eichbaum. "It's also important to mention the great impact FastTrack Schedule has had on our pre-construction services and post-construction analysis. Before we start a project, customers are impressed with the presentations we give using the program's graphical timelines. And after a project is completed, I can look back on the project to see where things went differently, and why. This is so critical as we move forward to make adjustments based on past mistakes--it has a significant impact on how we grow our business."
"Hammond & Company provides a great example for organizations seeking to use a project management solution for all aspects of its business," said Dennis Bilowus, President and CEO of AEC Software. "From planning, communication, business development and historical analysis, FastTrack Schedule has enabled the company to increase its overall productivity, improve response time when changes are required and provide immediate information on the impact of changes. Hammond & Company's contribution toward sustainability is also to be applauded, and we're thrilled to help them achieve even more success in the future."
For more information about FastTrack Schedule 9 and to download FastTrack Schedule Green example files visit: www.FastTrackSchedule.com/builder.