Montreal, QC, March 21, 2005 – TORNADO Technologies, Inc., an innovator and leading developer of collaborative 3D visualization and communication software for AEC, process plant and industrial manufacturing enterprises, is pleased to announce the signing of KIWI Software Vertrieb GmbH as a strategic value-added-reseller (VAR) partner. KIWI Software Vertrieb is the exclusive distributor of ProSteel 3D and a premier supplier of engineering IT solutions in Germany for the structural design and steel construction industries. Under the agreement, KIWI Software Vertrieb will sell and support TORNADO’s complete range of collaboration tools, offering productivity gains and shorter, more reliable design-review in the structural steel construction process. A German version of AECVIZ(TM), TORNADO’s standalone 3D visualization software, is available immediately and allows users of AutoCAD(R)-based design tools, such as ProSteel 3D, and persons without AutoCAD alike, to easily and affordably share 3D design content with clients, partners, suppliers, and 3rd party construction professionals.
“As a long-time provider of 3D steel modeling solutions in Germany, KIWI Software Vertrieb’s vast construction process automation experience will be instrumental in supporting industry’s drive to leverage the Internet and share 3D design content to stay competitive,” said Dominique Gatto, Founder & CEO, TORNADO Technologies, Inc. “We are proud to be working closely with the KIWI team to deliver efficient, cost effective solutions with products that are entirely complementary to their core business.”
TORNADO’s line of collaborative 3D visualization and communication products includes AECVIZ for standalone users on any PC who need to communicate by e-mail, and Web-based applications VIZPublisher(TM) and WebVIZ Suite(TM) for sharing 3D design content and collaborating over an intranet/extranet. The agility with which 3D information can be visualized and annotated is thanks to TORNADO's highly compressed and intelligent 3D file format called .VIZ. The unique TORNADO .VIZ file format allows collaborative information, such as annotations, 3D views and animations to be securely exchanged in both offline and online workflows. With multi-format support, TORNADO’s products provide a uniform interface for various 3D data sources, including Intergraph(R) PDS(TM) and laser scanned data.
Among the unique functionalities included in AECVIZ is the ability to generate a Preview Package directly from the intuitive interface, whether using AECVIZ independently or from within a live AutoCAD session. The Package feature allows a 3D model to be securely encapsulated in a standalone 3D viewer, called AECVIZ Preview, which can be freely distributed for instant and seamless 3D viewing by the recipient – no software license or installation required.
“Our customers will appreciate the ease and immediacy with which they can collaborate, whether from inside an AutoCAD-based product such as ProSteel 3D, on any desktop or through a Web browser,” said Thomas Nikolakis, General Manager of KIWI Software Vertrieb GmbH. “We are pleased to be working with TORNADO to complement our existing products with a complete line of collaborative 3D visualization tools that are easy to implement in any work process, and require no training for the users.”
About TORNADO Technologies, Inc.TORNADO Technologies Inc. develops and markets collaborative 3D visualization and communication software which enables architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), power, process and manufacturing enterprises to realize widespread productivity gains from their 3D design content. The company provides a complete range of standalone and Web-based products that allow seamless communication between engineering specialists, all enterprise professionals, and external collaborators for faster decision-making across the respective workflows. TORNADO’s solutions support existing native intelligent 3D models to generate a highly agile 3D file format, making the 3D information securely distributable in the business process flow, including within content management, maintenance and documentation systems. Further information on the company can be found at: www.tornadoviz.com.
About KIWI Software Vertrieb GmbHKIWI Software Vertrieb GmbH is one of the leading suppliers of 3D solid modeling software for the architecture, engineering and construction, woodworking, and related industries. The company has built a highly acclaimed reputation for providing domain-specific expertise in the implementation, support, and training of world-class AutoCAD-based applications for 3D structural steel construction, 3D interior design and cabinetmaking. KIWI Software Vertrieb is the exclusive distributor of ProSteel 3D and a specialized dealer of ProLignum 3D in Germany. The company provides end user support during every stage of work with the software to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction, performance and project success. Further information on the company can be found at: http://www.kiwi-software-vertrieb.de
For more information:TORNADO Technologies, Inc.:
Mike Keffer, Vice President, Business Development and Marketing
Tel: (514) 879-9692
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KIWI Software Vertrieb GmbH
Thomas Nikolakis, General Manager
Tel: 49 (0)6103-73336-0
E-mail: Email Contact