Bechtel Mining and Metals North America chooses eSignLive electronic signatures to accelerate engineering processes

March 5, 2006

Montreal, QC, March 6, 2006 — In an on-going effort to accelerate their time-to-market, the Montreal office of Bechtel Mining and Metals North America, part of the world's leading engineering and construction firm, has chosen ApproveIt® Desktop to streamline signature approvals within their engineering design, change, and quality assurance processes. The Montreal office is the second Bechtel division to deploy Silanis electronic signatures, the first being at Bechtel Plant Machinery in Pittsburgh, PA.

By eliminating the need to print and route paper between Bechtel's engineering staff, who is spread out across the world, the company expects to significantly reduce the time and cost it takes for project documents to be signed and approved. ApproveIt Desktop is being used in conjunction with an e-room document collaboration suite from Documentum to electronically sign batch Adobe PDF files and maintain a 100% electronic process.

In addition to eliminating the inefficiencies of paper from their daily processes, Silanis' solution also produces reliable and auditable business records needed to demonstrate compliance with applicable laws, standards, regulations and policies. ApproveIt Desktop combines the security of a digital signature with a legally enforceable, electronic signature process. The solution goes one step further by incorporating advanced electronic approval features to ensure ease-of-use, high user adoption and support for everyday, real-world business applications.

Silanis also provides Bechtel Mining & Metals with a flexible and scalable solution that can grow with their future enterprise needs. Sharing the same core signing engine, Silanis' comprehensive suite of enterprise solutions, consisting of desktop, XHTML- and web-based products, enable electronic signing within both operational and transactional processes with the assurance that the solutions are cross-compatible.

About Silanis

Founded in 1992, Silanis Technology Inc. is the largest and most experienced provider of electronic signature solutions. More than 1,100 government and commercial organizations, representing two million users, depend on Silanis' solutions to accelerate operations, improve service, and reduce costs. Customers include Stewart Title, GMAC Commercial Mortgage, Goodrich Engine Controls, BMW Financial Services, General Services Administration and enterprise licenses with the US Joint Chiefs of Staff and the US Army.

About Bechtel Mining and Metal

Bechtel Mining and Metal North America is part of Bechtel Group, Inc. - the world's premier engineering, construction, and project management companies with 1,000 current projects in more than 60 countries and a workforce of 50,000. Bechtel Mining & Metal has played an important role in the industrial development and economic growth of Quebec since 1960, completing a wide range of projects, including world-class aluminum smelters and hydroelectric projects.