Synchro Announces Asta Powerproject Technology Link

COVENTRY, England, March 17, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Synchro, Ltd., a software company headquartered in the UK, has developed a link with Asta Powerproject, the leading project management software application for the UK construction industry, which supports the visualization of construction project plans. Synchro has formed a technology partnership with Asta Development, part of Eleco plc, a leading UK-based developer of project portfolio and resource management software. Asta Development works with a number of specialist solution providers to offer customers best-of-breed IT solutions to integrate their project management system with other business systems. With 70% of successful UK construction projects using Asta Powerproject*, it is the preferred project management tool for both small and large construction companies including main contractors, trade contractors, house builders, civil engineering firms, clients and professional advisors. With Synchro, an entire construction delivery team -- owners, engineers, architects, operators, contractors, sub-contractors, manufacturers and materials suppliers -- can share a single view of the entire project in real time. Synchro offers an enhanced visual simulation approach to the management of construction projects by synchronizing design, planning and scheduling, supply chain management, risk management and earned value measurement. Synchro has achieved an impressive track record for developing innovation technology for large, complex, or repeatable construction projects seeking continuous performance improvements throughout the UK, and in 2007 began worldwide distribution of its third generation of products. Mace Group Ltd., based in the UK, has been retained as main contractor for the new landmark building project called the "Shard London Bridge." Mr. Rob Owen, Director at Mace, uses Synchro construction management software for this and other projects such as Tate Modern. He stated, "Synchro provides the graphic simulation needed to deliver and improve construction solutions for our clients, along with a real time based 4D model for idea generation and problem solving within the project team." Another Synchro user, Expanded of the Laing O'Rourke Group, was appointed to carry out the development of a luxury residential apartment block in London called One Hyde Park. Mr. Gary Taylor, who is responsible for digital prototyping technologies at Expanded, said, "We are moving toward all our new work to be based in 3D onto which a 4D and 5D planning capability is superimposed. After reviewing available options in the market place, we opted to trial Synchro for its unique and dynamic synchronization of the Asta schedule of activities and CAD drawing revisions needed to simulate and optimize results." About Asta Development: Asta Development, an Elco plc company, is a leading UK-based developer of project, portfolio and resource management software with over 40,000 users worldwide. Its solutions include Asta Powerproject, the UK's most popular professional planning software for construction; Asta Easyplan, a simple project planning tool for managing smaller projects; Asta Powerproject Enterprise, a construction management software solution that enables teams to work together effectively on larger projects; TILOS, time location project management software for managing linear projects such as road and rail; and Asta Teamplan, a project portfolio and resource management software application for IT and services organizations. In the UK, Asta Development supports customers directly from its offices in Oxfordshire and Shropshire with a comprehensive range of services including consultancy, training and technical support. Outside the UK, it has a network of partners and distributors who supply, train and support customers, with the software available in seven different languages. Michael McCullen, Managing Director of Asta Development, is also Chief Executive of Eleco Construction Software. Eleco plc is a technology-led building systems and software group listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM market with a turnover of circa 60 million pounds. Eleco plc is comprised of Eleco Construction Software, Eleco Visualisation Software, Eleco Precast Concrete, Eleco Timber Engineering and Eleco Building Components. About Synchro, Ltd: Synchro, Ltd., headquartered in Coventry, England, began software product development in 2001 on its construction simulation and task management solution and has been recognized for its achievements in producing award-winning innovation technology. Synchro's mission is to deliver software that serves the construction delivery team and that survives the dynamics of everyday life in the construction industry. Simply stated, Synchro's software allows its users to explore options and manage solutions. For more information, please visit * Source: Construction Manager of the Year Awards 2007 CONTACT: Karen Morstad and Associates Media Contact in the United States: Lori McCardell 203-661-1090