Intergraph® Acquires Blue Iron Systems, Inc.

Firm's Ironscan module works with SmartPlant® Materials to automate material tracking via barcode and RFID

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., May 18, 2015 — (PRNewswire) —  Intergraph® Process, Power & Marine, part of Hexagon and the world's leading provider of enterprise engineering software to the process, power and marine industries, has acquired Blue Iron Systems, Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, and its flagship radio-frequency identification (RFID) bar code product, Ironscan. Blue Iron's founder and staff have joined Intergraph as part of the acquisition and will be based in Calgary.   

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Blue Iron Systems' Ironscan offers RFID and bar code tagging technologies as part of a fully integrated plug-in for SmartPlant® Materials. IronScan is a bolt-on application to SmartPlant Materials that gathers material site data. No integration is required between IronScan and SmartPlant Materials.

The technology will allow Intergraph customers – engineering, procurement and construction firms and owner operators – to track materials in real-time directly from the manufacturers' and suppliers' facilities to the construction site and further into facilities' management and maintenance phases.

Ironscan will help Intergraph customers and users of SmartPlant Materials achieve unprecedented efficiency in procurement and supply chain management for both project and asset life cycles. The acquisition reinforces Intergraph's long-term commitment to its customers and to the marketplace for continually delivering the latest advancements in technology that directly improve and positively impact the bottom line of customers' projects.  

Blue Iron Systems, Inc. brings to Intergraph 15 years of software engineering experience and 10 years of materials management experience with large-scale oil and gas projects.

Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine president, said, "I am pleased to welcome Blue Iron Systems to the Intergraph family of technology solutions. We are very excited about this acquisition and the benefits it brings to our SmartPlant Materials customers."

Michael Buss, Intergraph senior vice president, added, "Blue Iron Systems' Ironscan and its RFID and bar code tagging technology greatly enhances SmartPlant Materials capabilities. This addresses a crucial part of our clients' needs in the procurement and materials/supply chain management aspects of their projects. Ironscan will specifically increase efficiency at receiving sites, material warehouses and fabrication shops with up to 90 percent reduction in material receiving work-hours.

"The integrated SmartPlant Materials and Ironscan solution will eliminate waste by not having material left over that was not properly inventoried originally and subsequently repurchased, adding unnecessary cost to projects."

SmartPlant Materials is the only solution available on the market that fully supports the unique materials management processes needed in the process, power and marine industries, offering a total materials management and subcontract management solution for their plants and projects. It is proven technology and has been adopted by industry-leading engineering firms around the world – users of SmartPlant Materials report improved procurement efficiency with lower risks and costs through accurate and effective materials management. For more information about SmartPlant Materials, visit

Intergraph Technical User Forum (TUF) LinkedIn groups provide an online discussion forum for year-round networking between users. To learn more about SmartPlant Materials and network with other Intergraph users, visit

The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph as the No. 1 overall worldwide provider of engineering solutions for plant design (process, power and marine), according to its "Engineering Design Tools for Plants and Infrastructure Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast Through 2018."

About Intergraph
Intergraph helps the world work smarter. The company's software and solutions improve the lives of millions of people through better facilities, safer communities and more reliable operations.

Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) is the world's leading provider of enterprise engineering software enabling smarter design and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I) is the leader in smart solutions for emergency response, utilities, transportation and other global challenges. For more information, visit

Intergraph is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B;, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity improvements across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.

© 2015 Intergraph Corporation. All rights reserved. Intergraph is part of Hexagon. Intergraph and the Intergraph logo are registered trademarks of Intergraph Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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