SHW Selects Avatech for Multi-Year BIM Project

BALTIMORE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 29, 2008— Avatech Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: AVSO), the nationwide technology experts for design, engineering, and facilities management, announced today that SHW Group, a leading architectural firm, has hired Avatech to assist in implementing a state-of-the-art Building Information Model (BIM) technology platform. The plan incorporates consulting services, custom training, software customization, and nationwide support that will run into six figures.

Focusing on the education market, SHW Group employs more than 375 team members in six offices across Michigan, Virginia and Texas. The firms work spans the globe, with projects in 23 states and three countries. SHW has earned numerous design and planning awards and is consistently recognized as one of the top five education design firms in America by Engineering News-Record.

Our goal, as a firm, is to jettison technologies of the past and wholeheartedly embrace the benefits of BIM as fast as we possibly can, says Bob Rayes, Director of Advanced Resources, SHW Group. We needed a technology partner with national reach that could go the distance with us, so we have included Avatech in all our plans, from implementation and customization to ongoing support. We want the system to reflect our practices, not the other way around, and Avatech has the professional team and expertise we wanted.

As architects for educational institutions, we work hard to extend the reach of public money. We saw early on that BIM would contribute to our ability to be good stewards of public funds. BIM allows us to design spaces more effectively, resulting in improved learning experiences, an ability to meet new green building standards, and a reduction in operating costs over the long run, says Gary Keep, SHW Groups Chief Executive Officer. Avatech Solutions provides us with a single source for critical technology expertise. Together we have devised a comprehensive plan for change management to guide our BIM adoption.

Though todays software systems such as Autodesk Revit are sophisticated in their ability to drive efficiency and productivity, fundamentally the practice of architecture is not about technology, says Bruce White, Senior Vice President of Sales at Avatech. At Avatech, we understand the creative and collaborative nature that design requires. We create design systems and business processes that help architects and engineers design for excellence--with a focus on helping them achieve their business objectives and not on technology for technologys sake.

About Avatech Solutions

Avatech Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: AVSO) is Americas leading professional services company for design and engineering technologies. Avatech advances the way organizations design, develop, and manage building, infrastructure, and manufacturing projects. Fortune 500 and Engineering News Record's Top 100 companies work with Avatech to gain a competitive advantage through technology consulting, implementation, training, and support services. One of the worlds largest integrators of Autodesk software, Avatech designs systems that accelerate innovation while improving quality and profitability. For more information please visit

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