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Graphisoft Developer Partner Takes Prize of Honor in IT Competition

Lasercad's Solution Praised for Its Application in the Internet Economy

Stockholm/Budapest, September 26, 2000 - Lasercad of Sweden, an API developer, and distributor of ARCHICAD, ArchiFM2000 and GDL technology, was awarded the jury's Prize of Honor in the IT Bygg and Fastighet (ITBoF) faceIT2000 competition. Held in Sweden, the building industry-wide competition rewarded the best use of information technology in building and facility management.

Besting competitors including Autodesk and also renowned research teams, Lasercad used Graphisoft's GDL technology and XML to create a solution for the e-commerce of building products. The intelligent objects are searchable on the Internet and can be integrated - as module-based project and facility information - in CAD and facility management databases.

Lasercad's project was commended for demonstrating the usefulness of digital catalogs in design, construction, sales systems, e-catalogs and for facility managers, while maintaining a friendly user-interface and high-quality visualizations. Ines Uusmann, president of the jury, comprising the most respected industry professionals and architects from Scandinavia, stated "We are convinced that electronic catalogs for building products will be a crucial part of the building industry's IT environment, for both product manufacturers and building professionals. By combining Internet technology with the newest modeling and XML technology, the solution is flexible enough to be integrated with other applications, and can make use of future standards."

"We are very proud of this great accolade. It is proof that our solution stands out in the field as the optimal solution for describing building components in a parametric and intelligent way," said Stefan Larsson, Lasercad CEO. "Product-based GDL objects will have a dramatic effect on the entire building industry, as it begins to work with 3D product models instead of simple 2D drawings as the communication method."

Lasercad is the leading IT company in Sweden in the field of architectural design and the building industry. With 50 employees in four Lasercad offices in Malmö, Gothenburg, Stockholm and Budapest, Lasercad belongs to a privately owned IT/investor company, Andante in Malmö, Sweden.