Intergraph Process, Power & Offshore FrameWorks Plus 7.2 Automates Rig Jacket Design and Improves Fabrication Tasks

DaratechPLANT 2003

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 29, 2003--The Process, Power & Offshore division of Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ: INGR) in first quarter plans to ship the FrameWorks(R) Plus 7.2 structural modeling and drawing production software. Key features in FrameWorks Plus 7.2 include automated offshore rig jacket creation, tighter integration with Intergraph PDS(TM) (Plant Design System) along with a new companion product, SDNF Import, as well as a number of other improvements. Tighter integration with PDS includes the capability of generating propagated structural models and scheduling batch structural jobs without leaving PDS.

FrameWorks Plus ( is the integrated structural module of the division's flagship software, PDS. The PDS 7.2 upgrade is detailed in a separate release.

The Huntsville, Ala.-based Intergraph announced and demonstrated FrameWorks Plus 7.2 at DaratechPLANT 2003, the world's foremost event for process plant design and engineering IT.

Automates Basic Structural Engineering for Rig Jackets

For rig structural design, the 7.2 version features a new offshore command palette. Along with the new Place Jacket command, the palette conveniently groups three existing commonly-used functions for rule-based joints and enlarged sections (cans). Place Jacket automation significantly reduces the time and engineering needed to create a basic jacket design in the model. The Place Jacket command creates the structure through a wizard in which users specify key parameters. The Jacket Placement Wizard can model several different types of jackets with up to eight piles. The engineer inputs key requirements including section sizes, bracing elevations, pile spacing, slope and jacket elevation data such as water depth, top of leg and working and stabbing points. Options include automatic creation of views and grids as well as application of SmartCuts to sections.

SmartCut functionality, introduced in the previous version, provides multi-member cutbacks and enables single- and multi-plane, pipe-to-pipe and multi-object cutbacks while supporting all section types.

The Create Rule Based Joint command places, modifies or deletes offsets on members to provide clearance for welding or work point adjustment. Create Can places an enlarged section on a member or its end. A related command, Modify Can Connection List, edits the transverse member list for an enlarged section.

Additional offshore features in FrameWorks Plus 7.2 include center of buoyancy calculation support and better connectivity options for enlarged sections.

The new offshore capabilities are further enhanced through the existing bi-directional integration with Engineering Dynamics Structural Analysis System (SACS) and DNV Software SESAM marine structural analysis software.

SDNF Import Speeds Process and Improves Accuracy

A new utility product, SDNF Import, handles bi-directional integration between Design Data SDS/2 fabrication and detailing software and FrameWorks Plus. Compliant with Steel Detailing Neutral File (SDNF) standards, the product manages data transfer and provides users a high degree of control over mapping options. Integration allows users to update items such as gussets, joints and connection details in the model sent to fabricators. Any new members placed through SDS/2 are in turn updated in the FrameWorks Plus/PDS model. The round-trip workflow with DesignData SDS/2 makes the process fully digital to improve speed and accuracy as well as to significantly reduce rework and manual fabrication tasks.

SDNF Import is included at no additional cost with a lease license for Design Data SDS/2. SDS/2 encompasses all phases of the structural process including engineering analysis, design and detailing as well as computer aided manufacturing and data interfaces to other systems. SDS/2 drives production of the most complete set of 2D steel detail drawings available.

About FrameWorks Plus

FrameWorks Plus is the structural module of Intergraph PDS and completes the structural design, analysis, fabrication and detailing workflow to significantly reduce fabrication and detailing rework. FrameWorks Plus 7.2 produces 3D models and drawings of steel beams, columns, braces, cutouts and sleeves as well as concrete slabs and walls.

FrameWorks Plus exclusively provides combination 2D/3D capabilities with certified interfaces to analysis, design, detailing and fabrication software including GT-STRUDL, LARSA, STAAD-Pro, SAP2000, RAM Steel, DesignData SDS/2, Pelican Forge (Intergraph) SupportModeler, Tekla Xsteel, ACECAD Software Ltd. StruCAD and DNV Software SESAM. SDNF and CIMsteel compliant, FrameWorks Plus features ASIC and BCSA steel tables to augment its comprehensive library of standard steel section data from 14 countries.

FrameWorks Plus runs on the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 2000 and XP operating systems in addition to Windows NT 4.0 and is compatible with Bentley Systems MicroStation/J.

About Intergraph Process, Power & Offshore

With nearly a quarter century of industry experience, Intergraph Process, Power & Offshore enables customers to create, capture and manage plant information as a strategic asset by providing integrated life cycle solutions for the engineering, design, construction and operation of process and power plants as well as offshore oil and gas facilities. Core brands include the SmartPlant(R) and PDS(TM) (Plant Design System) suites, the SmartPlant Foundation lifecycle engineering information management and MARIAN(R) materials, procurement and supply chain management solutions. Intergraph Process, Power & Offshore ( is the acknowledged global leader in the plant creation market (Source: Daratech Inc.). A division of Intergraph Corporation, Process, Power & Offshore is headquartered in Huntsville, Ala. USA, employs more than 800 people and does business in more than 60 countries.

Intergraph Corporation common stock trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol: INGR.

Intergraph, the Intergraph logo, FrameWorks and SmartPlant are registered trademarks and PDS is a trademark of Intergraph Corporation. Other brands and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. (C) 2003 Intergraph Corporation.

Software prices, availability, functions, features and specifications subject to change without notice. Software and services subject to United States export control laws and regulations. Any prices quoted are in United States dollars and subject to applicable taxes and international currency exchange rates. This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Certain risks and uncertainties of Intergraph Corporation are discussed in the company's Form 10K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies are available without charge upon written request to Shareholder Relations, Intergraph Corporation, Huntsville, Ala. 35894 USA.

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