Munich/Berlin/Budapest, June 26, 2003 – Graphisoft ® today announced that Messe Berlin – the Berlin Trade Show and Convention Center – will be managed by its facility management software solutions ArchiFM® and ArchiFM Maintenance. The complete software system will be deployed in maintenance management, and on a long-term basis in space management as well.

With this large contract Graphisoft takes a significant step forward in the German FM market with much potential for future projects. Capital Facility GmbH & Co.KG (CFG) is responsible for all technical and infrastructure services in the field of trade show and congress organizations, and further for the management of the whole fair and congress site in Berlin.

Marking another advancement in Graphisoft’s development in the FM sector, CFG opted for Graphisoft’s ArchiFM after an exhaustive selection process including more than 40 providers. Besides numerous other advantages CFG decided on ArchiFM because its standard features are highly congruous with the complex list of demands of CFG and Messe Berlin. That ArchiFM could meet the client’s expectations without extensive customization best of all competitors, was key to the decision. Only a few functions have to be tailored to the needs of Messe Berlin. This competitive advantage is becoming more and more visible as the project moves forward and ensures CFG a farsighted and sound user competence.

Graphisoft’s global operations are here represented by the Regional-Center Graphisoft Berlin in Berlin-Brandenburg. Thus on-site support and high-quality consultancy is ensured, another crucial argument for selecting Graphisoft. CFG’s visiting reference clients with similar projects have convinced the company of the high efficiency, flexibility and quality of Graphisoft’s software.

Using ArchiFM, resources will be deployed more effectively and processes optimized in the maintenance of the Berlin Trade Show including the International Congress Centrum (ICC). The resulting reduction in costs is essential, as this year’s state budget for maintenance has been reduced by almost 30%.

“Of course we are convinced of our software’s efficiency, but there can’t be a better proof of Graphisoft’s emerging leading position in the CAFM market than a client clearly voting for our solution in order to manage complex tasks of this order,” said Norbert Sawatzki, managing director of Graphisoft Berlin GmbH.

“During the tender and qualification process Graphisoft offered the best price/performance relation and the most demanding content of support supply,” said Claus Gewald, technical director of CFG. “Especially convincing for us was the fact that Graphisoft ensures the provision of further standard software solutions, which in perspective enables CFG to broaden the variety of its basic services.”

Since 2001 the Capital Facility GmbH & Co.KG has been responsible for all technical and infrastructure services in the field of trade show and congress organization, and further for the management of the whole fair and congress site in Berlin. Other members of the consortium are Messe Berlin GmbH, HOCHTIEF Facility Management GmbH and GegenbauerBosse GmbH & Co.KG, which have concluded a facility management service contract for ten years.

Graphisoft® is a leading provider of design and management software solutions for the architectural profession and the building industry. Founded in 1982, Graphisoft is ranked today among the largest AEC CAD software developers in the world, with ten offices worldwide in addition to its headquarters. ArchiCAD® and other Graphisoft products are used by over 100,000 architects, facility managers and building professionals all over the world. Shares of Graphisoft are traded on the Frankfurt (GPH) and on the Budapest (GRAPHI) Stock Exchange.

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