Avatech Solutions Releases PrescientQA Passport V5; New PrescientQA Product Enables Streamlined Data Migration From CATIA V4 to V5
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Avatech Solutions Releases PrescientQA Passport V5; New PrescientQA Product Enables Streamlined Data Migration From CATIA V4 to V5


CATIA OPERATORS EXCHANGE

NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 31, 2003--Avatech Solutions Inc., the nation's leading provider of design automation tools, training, integration services, and technical support, today introduced its newest PrescientQA(TM) product - Passport V5(TM) which enables the migration of data from CATIA(R) V4 to V5. Passport V5 automatically corrects, reorganizes and cleans-up migration obstacles enabling users to better manage and control migration challenges.

"CATIA users represent a community of more than 200,000 users worldwide and we are committed to providing these customers with solutions that allow them to manufacture high-quality products," says Scotty Walsh, CEO at Avatech Solutions. "Passport V5 is the newest product in our line of quality assurance solutions and is key to our company growth strategy to develop new products and diversify our product lines."

Avatech will demonstrate Passport V5 at the CATIA Operators Exchange (COE) Conference -- held March 30 - April 2, 2003 in New Orleans -- for the first time to users, representing the aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, shipbuilding, industrial machinery, electronic, and plant design industries. Attendees are invited to stop by Booth 222 for a product demonstration and see firsthand how Passport V5 can be leveraged in their migration strategy.

Passport V5 enables CATIA users to easily apply new advanced capabilities to models created in V4 by automatically correcting areas of concern, which reduces rework time and costs. CATIA V4 files that require manual attention are quickly identified allowing designers to focus on correcting the manufacturing models rather than reviewing data files.

Key features and benefits

-- In-depth reporting identifies data migration readiness interactively or in batch mode
-- Recognizes and reports significant problems that impede migration or cause delays
-- Provides interactive information and advice to navigate migration issues and approaches
-- Flexible and configurable to meet company migration strategies
-- Interactive screens support the development of best practice methodologies for future migration

For More Information

Passport V5 is available as a full system, subscription package, add-on to an existing PrescientQA installation, or as a service offering through Avatech's North American offices. TDCi, the master distributor for PrescientQA software located in the UK, and its partner network in the UK, Germany, Sweden, France, Portugal and Spain, will handle European distribution. Product specifications and brochures on PrescientQA Passport V5 can be found at www.avatechsolutions.com/passport and information about distribution across Europe is found at www.tdci.eu.com.

About Avatech Solutions

Avatech Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: AVSO.OB) is a leading provider of design automation and quality assurance solutions for the manufacturing, building design, civil engineering and GIS markets. Headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland, the company specializes in software development, technical support, training and consulting aimed at improving design and documentation efficiencies and the seamless integration of workflow processes.

Avatech is one the largest integrators of Autodesk software worldwide and a leading provider of engineering document management solutions. The company is the developer of the award-winning PrescientQA(TM) quality assurance software and cycle time reduction products for the manufacturing supply chain.

Avatech serves 20,000 clients worldwide including the industry leaders from Fortune 1000 and Engineering News Record's Top 500 companies. Visit www.avatechsolutions.com for more information.

This press release contains forward-looking statements about the expectations, beliefs, plans, intentions and strategies of Avatech Solutions, Inc. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by any forward-looking information. A description of risks and uncertainties attendant to Avatech and its industry, and other factors that could affect Avatech's financial results, are included in the Securities and Exchange Commission filings of PlanetCAD, Inc., which merged with Avatech on November 19, 2002 including, but not limited to, PlanetCAD's annual report on Form 10KSB for the year ended December 31, 2001, its quarterly reports on form 10-Q for the fiscal quarters ended March 31, June 30, and September 30, 2002, and the proxy statement/prospectus relating to the merger of Avatech and PlanetCAD. Investors and shareholders may obtain a free copy of these documents at the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov, or by contacting Gary Rever at Tel: (410) 902-6900 or email Email Contact.

PrescientQA and Passport V5 are registered trademarks of Avatech Solutions, Inc. CATIA is a registered trademark of Dassault Systemes. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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