January 24, 2005
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Welcome to AECWeekly! This coming week I will be at daratechPLANT and look
forward to hearing from industry leaders as well as vendors what is going on in that
industry. Because the success of companies really revolves around change,
owner/operators must look at how they might respond to new consumers globally and
how to change their processes, which are inherently inefficient, to be more efficient and
allow for the greatest degree of success. Read about what's coming up at
daratechPLANT2005 in this week's Industry News.
To send contributions to those who were affected by the Indian Ocean Tsunami,
take a look at this site:
Network for Good: Help Support Disaster Relief in Southeast Asia
AECWeekly examines select top news each week, picks out worthwhile reading from
around the web, and special interest items you might not find elsewhere. This issue will
feature Industry News, Acquisitions/Alliances/Agreements, Announcements, New
Products, Letters from Readers and Upcoming Events.
AECWeekly welcomes letters and feedback from readers, so let us know what you think.
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Susan Smith, Managing Editor
By Susan Smith
This coming week I will be at daratechPLANT and look forward to hearing from industry
leaders as well as vendors what is going on in that industry. Some of the industry leaders
to speak on Monday are: James B. Porter, VP Engineering and Operations at DuPont;
Karen Sorenson, VP, Global Infrastructure Programs, Johnson & Johnson; Janette
Whitehead, North American Gas & Power Manager PMO Manager for BP; Kent
Christopherson, General Manager, Reliability, Duke Energy Field Services and Sherry
Murphree, Client Manager of Information Technology for Manufacturing, Engineering
and Environmental Health and Safety of Dow Chemical Company.
Because the success of companies really revolves around change, owner/operators must
look at how they might respond to new consumers globally and how to change their
processes, which are inherently inefficient, to be more efficient and allow for the greatest
degree of success. In response to this reality, daratechPLANT2005 has added two new
tracks to their program, in addition to their Asset Lifecycle Management track --
Instrumentation/Real-Time Operations and Plant Maintenance sessions will explore the
barriers, and problem solving strategies to achieving operational excellence.
After attending the conference I will cover products in more detail, however, the
following is a brief synopsis of RealityWave's recent partnerships and an example of
where the future of plant technology is headed. Technology that allows users to be able to
browse and view 3D models, documents and data from any application so that they can
view an entire project, on or off the internet, is definitely a step up in the world of plant
Visual Access to Plant Data
RealityWave Inc. has been in the news recently with last week's announcement of its
partnership agreement with Noumenon Consulting Ltd. that integrates their technologies,
RealityWave's VizStream®, and Noumenon's XMpLant®, into a complete solution for
collaborating with large project databases, throughout the project's lifecycle.
And this week RealityWave wants us to know it will be exhibiting with its long term
partner AVEVA Group plc within the AVEVA pavilion at daratechPLANT2005 in
Houston. The products that RealityWave will demonstrate in that venue will be
VizStream and ConceptStation, technology designed for Lifecycle Information
Management (LIM) and enterprise collaboration. RealityWave's VizStream Enterprise
Platform is a core technology of AVEVA's VANTAGE Enterprise (VNET).
Completely application independent and web enabled, the VNET platform represents an
effort to be able to browse and view 3D models, schematics, documents and data from
any application in context with full intelligence, which gives its plant users an
opportunity to view an entire project efficiently.
In a similar context RealityWave's agreement with Noumenon's XmpLant will allow
users to have a 3D view of a plant. XMpLant is already a popular converter for intelligent
process plant information that is web-based, used for mapping information from one
proprietary system to a neutral model and then out to another. According to the release,
"XMpLant uses the models of ISO 15926 and ISO 10303 to deliver the neutral process
plant model in XML, enabling downstream access to engineering information. There are
interfaces to and from the major process plant applications enabling, exchange and
integration of information across these applications. The use of ISO 10303 by XMpLant
also enables the full geometric definition of plant models to be included, enabling
XMpLant XML files to be used for long-term archive of plant models and related
information." The agreement with RealityWave will make it possible for a larger number
of users to have visual access to plant data, not limited to CAD users.
Monday – Bentley/ENR Reception and cocktail hour at 5 pm. Dr. James Hill and Tom
Sawyer, ENR Editor will be special guests. The reception (beginning at 6 pm) will honor
all the firms in attendance that are part of ENR's Top 500 Design Firms.
Monday - A luncheon address hosted by Bentley presenting Dr. James Hill, director of
the Building and Fire Safety Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST), will focus on the topic of the high cost of inadequate software
inoperability in the U.S. capital facilities industry, losses that have totaled almost $16
billion annually. A question and answer session will follow.
Monday – Intergraph will host from 6-8 pm a presentation in the Wedgwood Room with
Larry D. Hall, manager of EPC Systems, Bechtel Oil and Gas and Chemical GBU, and
William Smith III, former VP of Global Corporate and Manufacturing, Eli Lilly &
Company, presenting insights on meeting competitive challenges with innovative
Tuesday — During the conference's morning session, Bentley CEO Greg Bentley, Richard
Longdon, chief executive of AVEVA Group plc, and Gerhard Sallinger, president of the
Intergraph Process, Power and Marine division, will debate on "Technology
Environments: Past, Present, and Future."
Tuesday - A luncheon hosted by Autodesk and AVEVA in the Wedgwood Room will
focus on "Understanding Business Drivers and Operational Strategy that Drives
Autodesk's technology Flywheel," featuring speaker Autodesk Senior Product Manager,
Intergraph Corporation announced that it has acquired the EYECAD 3D plant design
software and related customer contracts from Asahi Kasei Engineering Corporation,
based in Tokyo, Japan. EYECAD is a 3D plant design system used by more than 150
customers in Japan. The combined organization will market and support both Intergraph
and EYECAD software and services in the Japanese market. Terms of the acquisition
were not disclosed.
Oce announced the acquisition of assets associated with two converting and distribution
facilities in Arlington, TX and Torrance, CA. These assets were purchased from
Precision Paper Company, a supplier of printing substrates to the reprographic industry
throughout the southeastern United States.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the news as they work to provide information
to the Tsunami relief efforts. Three six-member teams of engineers were deployed to
Thailand to focus on ground, transportation, and power infrastructures. Virtually, the
effort is also taking place in the U.S., in the form of satellite imagery analysis, road
assessment, bridge, structural and harbor damages.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's efforts are being coordinated through the Corp's
Pacific Ocean Division Emergency Operations Center located in Honolulu Hawaii.
Steven E. Philben, director of the Pacific Ocean Division's Emergency Management
Office, said that their involvement began shortly after the Dec. 26 tsunami occurred. "We
had people monitoring the situations, and began coordinating with the people we support
within 24 hours." The Pacific Ocean Division Emergency Operations Center was
activated Dec. 27 in Honolulu Hawaii, initially to monitor the Indian Ocean tsunami and
support U.S. Pacific Command requirements.
The workshop, Implementing Last Planner® is set for Seattle on February 8 & 9 in
Seattle Washington. This will be a hands-on workshop for people beginning to
implement Last Planner®. Details and registration information is available at
www.mollyguard.com/event/14500371 or through
You can find the full AECCafe event calendar here.
To read more news, click here.
-- Susan Smith, AECCafe.com Managing Editor.
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