AVEVA to Integrate 'Existing Conditions' Data Management With VANTAGE PDMS Through Technical Alliance With BitWyse Solutions, Inc.

EPCs and Owner/Operators to Benefit From Increased Accuracy and Faster Project Execution of Brownfield Plant Revamps and Maintenance

HOUSTON, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- ISEIT 2004 -- AVEVA Group plc

(LONDON: AVV) , a leading supplier of plant design and engineering lifecycle solutions for the process, energy and marine industries, has formed a technical alliance with BitWyse Solutions, Inc., a data management company for engineering and construction plant design. The alliance means users of AVEVA's flagship VANTAGE(R) Plant Design Management System (PDMS) will be able to view existing conditions data, project dimensional control and fabrication information within both the PDMS 3D and Review environments.

As more and more capital budget is being allocated to revamping existing plants, plant owners and their EPC contactors are recognizing the need to quickly capture accurate as-built plant information for use as the primary design reference. EPCs and Owner/Operator firms will be able to deliver brownfield plant revamp and maintenance projects quickly, accurately and with higher quality by using the latest laser scanning hardware and sophisticated laser point cloud data in combination with the PDMS digital plant model.

Under the agreement, AVEVA will link to BitWyse's LASERGen, allowing companies to use raw scan data within minutes of the data being captured. LASERGen will facilitate the display of point clouds from multiple scanner formats within PDMS and Review, allowing the user to both view and interact with the 3D model and laser scanned point cloud data in a single design environment.

John Sanins, AVEVA's Head of Plant Design commented: "We believe this alliance opens up considerable business opportunities for our design/build EPC customers, particularly in the Americas, where most of the plant and offshore construction growth is forecasted to be in revamp projects. The underlying software technology available within the LASERGen product allows us to view, interact and design in-context with as-built data processed by BitWyse. Combined with the speed of integration with PDMS, this will yield large engineering time and cost savings to our EPC and Owner/Operator clients.

Aligning PDMS to the LASERGen product from BitWyse further consolidates part of AVEVA's as-built engineering strategy and strengthens the platform on which we provide open access to packaged laser point cloud data in PDMS. This latest alliance recognizes BitWyse as one of the leading laser scanning development companies in the market today. We are extremely pleased to be sharing and developing technology to the mutual benefit of our customers."

Mark Klusza, President of BitWyse commented: "Revamp projects pose a number of challenges to EPCs and Owner/Operators. Even if you have the digital 3D model of the facility, there will be variations -- components aren't always fabricated exactly to specification and many times what was designed isn't what gets constructed. BitWyse brings PDMS customers the added value of dimensional control -- the ability to compare immediately fabricated parts and actual construction to the PDMS design model. This real-time validation dramatically reduces the need for re-work at the construction site, and can significantly boost project ROI."

About BitWyse Solutions, Inc.

BitWyse is a world leader in providing software that creates, manages, and integrates existing conditions and dimensional control data between data collection systems and engineering, design and viewing environments. With BitWyse software solutions, engineering and construction management can make more informed decisions based on accurate existing conditions data, resulting in increased design integrity, mitigation of risk, reduced costs and field rework, decreased project duration, and increased profitability. BitWyse's clients include leading plant Owner Operators and engineering contractors Halliburton/KBR, Jacobs, Shaw, Stone & Webster, Aker Kvaerner, Washington Group, Worley, CDI, Ambitech, Bechtel, Parsons, Fluor, BASF, ExxonMobil, Shell, ConocoPhillips, Sun Oil, Monsanto, Nova Chemicals, BAYER, OxyChem, Pfizer.

About LASERGen(TM)

BitWyse LASERGen(TM) is the most accurate and cost effective technology available for managing extremely large amounts of raw laser data. No remodelling is required to load photo-realistic existing conditions models of entire project areas. Traditional remodelling methods are time consuming, costly and can compromise the accuracy of the data, but with LASERGen(TM) engineers and designers can work immediately with the scan data and have confidence that all of the existing conditions data that was collected is accurately represented in the model.

About AVEVA Group plc

AVEVA Group plc ( http://www.aveva.com/ ) is one of the world's foremost and fastest-growing lifecycle engineering IT solutions and services providers to the oil and gas, paper and pulp, power, chemical, pharmaceutical and shipbuilding industries. Listed on the London Stock Exchange, the Group reported pre-tax profits for the year ended March 2004 of GBP 6.1 million on a turnover of GBP 38 million, a growth in turnover of 113% in five years.

The Group has a history of groundbreaking innovation that spans five decades. Serving over 1100 clients, AVEVA has a dominant position in many market sectors both on and offshore. In May 2004, the Group acquired Tribon Solutions AB, the market-leading shipbuilding solution company and now serves 75% of the world's top 20 shipbuilders.

Headquartered in Cambridge, England, AVEVA Group plc and its operating subsidiaries currently employ more than 450 staff worldwide.

CONTACT: press, Becky Stevens, +1-713-444-6860, or
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Web site: http://www.aveva.com/

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