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Kajima Aims for E-commerce Market Armed with Graphisoft's Object Technology

Endorsement by Japan's largest construction company confirms GDL's technological advantage

Budapest/Tokyo - May 2, 2000 - Kajima Corporation, a multi-national construction company based in Japan, along with its affiliated catalog company Plus Alpha and Graphisoft, staged a presentation of Graphisoft's 3D object technology, GDL (Geometric Description Language), as a means for electronic catalog publishing. More than 60 companies from the Japanese building and construction industry were in attendance.

It was announced that Kajima has chosen GDL as the technological basis for their new e-commerce activities. Plus Alpha will contract with building product manufacturers to publish their catalogs electronically using GDL. The objects will then be marketed on Plus Alpha's website, as well as used by Kajima in their architectural plans.

States Mr. Takagaki, General Manager, Architectural & Engineering Design Group of Kajima, "GDL is the most appropriate and effective technology for electronic commerce of furniture and building components. It has the necessary information to define an object through images and attributes, is compact in file size, and easy to maintain in a Web environment."

"We believe the real breakthrough for electronic commerce in the construction industry will be led by the largest firms, just as this revolution was led in the automotive industry by the big automakers like General Motors," says Graphisoft President and CEO Gábor Bojár. "We are proud that Kajima has chosen us as their technology partner."

Kajima has also developed a new AEC solution, DB-CAD, based on ARCHICAD and the Virtual BuildingTM concept. DB-CAD System is the first CAD solution in Japan to encompass architectural design, HVAC design and structure engineering through an integrated database. Kajima began using ARCHICAD in 1998, because as a "true object-based building simulator that integrates the 3D model, 2D drawings and properties data," it was well-suited to be the basis for their new integrated system.

About Kajima Corporation

Founded in 1840 in Yokohama, Japan, Kajima Corporation has rapidly developed by anticipating trends in all types of construction-related needs. The Company's activities have encompassed the railway construction and electric power development that propelled Japan's initial modernization as well as coastal industrial development, high-rise structures, nuclear power plants, and maritime-related projects that helped the nation rise quickly to economic superpower status. Today, as one of Japan's leading construction companies, Kajima maintains subsidiaries in North America, Europe, and Asia and is active in construction and real estate development around the world. More information about Kajima Corporation is available at

Graphisoft is a leading provider of computer-aided design (CAD) 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 12 offices all over the world in addition to its headquarters. Graphisoft's flagship product, ARCHICAD, is used by more than 75,000 architects worldwide and distributed in 25 languages and 80 countries. Shares of Graphisoft are traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange Neuer Markt under the symbol GPH. More information about Graphisoft is available at