TORNADO Technologies Launches the WebVIZ Suite for 3D Visualization Across the Enterprise Lifecycle

TORNADO Technologies Launches the WebVIZ Suite for 3D Visualization Across the Enterprise Lifecycle

Web-based 3D visualization software for the EPC and process plant industries provides ease of communication and access to 3D plant model content

For immediate release:

Montreal, Canada, February 12th, 2003 – TORNADO Technologies, Inc., an innovator and leading developer of collaborative 3D visualization and communication software for the AEC and Manufacturing industries, is pleased to announce the availability of the WebVIZ Suite. The software sets a new standard in efficiency for the delivery of complex 3D plant models via the Web, enabling EPCs and Plant Owner/Operators to rapidly communicate vital 3D plant model content to project execution teams, vendors, 3rd party project stakeholders, and across all lifecycle management activities. The WebVIZ Suite leverages existing Web-based work process environments and provides the lowest complexity of implementation, customization and administration, requiring only minimal IT resources for tremendous business value to the project enterprise.

“With the industry’s drive towards optimal and agile work processes, end-user companies immediately recognize the efficiency and power our technology provides for sharing 3D content without the need for additional training,” said Dominique Gatto, Founder & CEO, TORNADO Technologies, Inc. “The technology also provides great value-add for solution providers, enabling 3D plant models to be integrated and communicated within their applications in a manner that is simple yet intelligent, not unlike Adobe’s PDF in the document capture world.”

The WebVIZ Suite is a customizable solution software that enables 3D visualization and communication of 3D plant model content on any corporate intranet/extranet or Internet environment. Through a Web browser, users can walkthrough, navigate, review and interrogate 3D content with unprecedented ease and agility. Key highlights of the technology include the following:

- Full support for popular 3D plant design file formats such as PDS (Intergraph) and AutoCAD. The native 3D models can be imported with full fidelity, generating a highly compact and optimized 3D file format called “.VIZ”. The original models are reduced in size by a factor of up to 100, and the 3D VIZ file is precise, intelligent and secure for communication via the Internet.

- The VIZManager� server-side administration tool to easily import native 3D models in single or batch operation, optimize model size, and digitally sign and authenticate the 3D VIZ files. VIZManager streamlines on-going administration through a process for straight forward creation of the desired Web user interface, all without requiring specialized IT skills.

- Special performance optimization for the Matrox Parhelia� graphics card, allowing users equipped with Parhelia to navigate the 3D plant model on-line in pure-real-time. This configuration delivers unrivalled 3D visualization performance that is cost-effective, along with the scalability of Parhelia’s Surround Design technology for 3D visualization on up to three displays from a single chip.

“Plant owner/operators and EPCs continue to develop execution strategies at a pace that leverages the power of the Internet and digital data throughout the work process and across the enterprise lifecycle,” said Stephen Holdaway, AEC Industry Solutions Consultant, TORNADO Technologies Inc. “The WebVIZ Suite harnesses this power to deliver execution strategies that maximize productivity, leverage the competitiveness of global time zones, reduce asset time to revenue and manage risk.”

Pricing and availability
The WebVIZ Suite is available immediately. Pricing starts at $15,000 USD and includes a 5 user license. The WebVIZ Suite can be purchased directly from TORNADO Technologies or though an authorized reseller. Please contact TORNADO Technologies to request additional information.

About TORNADO Technologies Inc.
TORNADO Technologies Inc. develops and markets collaborative 3D visualization and communication software which enable enterprises in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) and Manufacturing industries to realize increased business advantage from their 3D technical content. The company’s desktop and Web-based product lines enable anyone, anywhere, whether they are technical or business professionals, to easily visualize, interpret and communicate even the most complex 3D technical content for increased productivity and faster decision-making across the extended enterprise. The products fully support popular 3D CAD/CAM systems such as AutoCAD, CATIA, PDS (Intergraph) and SolidWorks, along with various industry standard 3D file formats. TORNADO Technologies’ worldwide operations are based in Montreal, Canada with a European subsidiary located in Nice, France. Further information on the company can be found at:

For more information:
TORNADO Technologies, Inc.:
Mike Keffer, Director, Business Development, (514) 879-9692, Email Contact

TORNADO Technologies Inc., WebVIZ Suite and VIZManager are registered trademarks or trademarks of TORNADO Technologies Inc. Other trademarks, trade names, registered trademarks, or registered trade names are property of their respective holders.

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