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iPod keeps $300M building design project on track

Budapest, January 16, 2008 - ML Design, a master planning, urban design and architectural firm based in Brisbane, Australia was faced with a crashed project server which jeopardized project progress and meeting an important client deadline.

Hugo Riveros at ML Design is the Model Manager for a $300 million office tower in the heart of Brisbane. The night before an important deadline, the firm's project server malfunctioned. They were unable to retrieve data from their server or to communicate between computers. Fortunately, an ARCHICAD draft file was saved on Mr. Riveros' computer. The project team was able to continue working by creating an ARCHICAD Teamwork file on the iPod and share it.

"I had the idea that if one person could sign in multiple times for different people, and then save those respective drafts onto the iPod, we could possibly take the iPod to another computer, copy the draft for them onto their machines, and allow them to continue work. We had seven people working on a teamwork project without a server!" said Mr. Riveros.

After the successful iPod Teamwork-solution, ML Design started to discover other benefits in using an iPod:

"It's so handy to carry sample work on an iPod. I also store templates, our office specific libraries and other related items. Whenever I meet with a client, I always have what I need in the palm of my hand."

ML design is an established multidisciplinary, architecturally based design practice with studios in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Abu Dhabi. The company is a strong performer in design and uses ARCHICAD for their broad range of type and scale of projects. They cover commercial, retail, residential, multi-residential, hotel, resort and tourism, public works and mixed-use projects. Today, ML Design has a reputation as a national and international design practice and has completed projects in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, Vietnam, China and the United Arab Emirates.