January 30, 2006
daratechPLANT 2006 Special Report
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McLaren Software's David Parry quoted senior editor of Byte Magazine (Nov. 1991) in saying: “If modern computing was born with the first electronic computer, then incompatibility was born with the second.”

McLaren uses SOA for applications. With web services, integrations occur at the business process level, according to Parry. ISO 15926 will help with information exchange by adding structure to unstructured information.

Ray Simonson of Software Innovation said that openness is not Java or Open Source, it's a bout architecture and standards. SOA allows distribution using web service. Their flagship product, CoreWorx, has just been rewritten in .NET as SOA.

Mitch Vaughn of UGS said their company is the “largest least known software company in the industry.” It is over two years old and has $1.2 billion in software sales in the PLM space. They integrate through a single system of record, that being TeamCenter. The company was formed through acquisition and has solved its integration needs through TeamCenter.

Alain Hubrecht of the very innovative VRcontext noted current interoperability limitations:
- Engineering point of view:
  • lack of corresponding graphical entities

  • lack of graphical database entries

  • - Owner operator point of view:
  • lack of support for different models (CAD and point clouds)

  • lack of support for cross discipline CAD file formats

  • - There are many kinds of data sets that need support:
  • massive models up to 1 billion polygons

  • laser scanning to 100 billion points

  • Emerging Technologies

    Although John Voeller did an excellent job of outlining a number of exciting new technologies that are on the way, some promising emerging technologies were featured in an Emerging Technologies pavilion at daratechPLANT. These included Actenum Corporation, Artesys International, Common Point, Inc., ecom instruments, FALCONEER Technologies LLC, iWareTM, Paulin Research Group, Process Systems Enterprise.


    In addition to the exhibit floor, vendors at daratechPLANT hold demonstrations of products in Salons, small rooms in the balcony above the hotel lobby. Autodesk, although not yet a player in the plant and process area, had a salon at the conference. They were there to find out from customers what they would like to see from Autodesk in this space. I hope to have more insight on this at a later date, and also will detail the goings on in the salons in more detail next week.


    Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that it has signed a global agreement with SAP AG. Under the agreement, SAP will resell mySAP PLM Integration for Bentley, integrated with the mySAP(TM) Product Lifecycle Management (mySAP PLM) solution, directly to its customers.

    Bentley Systems, Incorporated and Bechtel Corporation, announced a global licensing agreement that furthers their long-standing partnership.

    AVEVA , provider of engineering lifecycle solutions to the oil and gas, process plant, power and marine industries, has formed a strategic alliance with GRAITEC, developers of steelwork and concrete design solutions for the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industries.

    Geac Computer Corporation Limited announced that its shareholders approved the acquisition of the outstanding common shares of the Company by Golden Gate Capital at its Special Meeting of Shareholders held this morning. Shareholders representing more than fifty percent of all shares outstanding, and approximately ninety-eight percent of all votes cast, voted in favor of the arrangement transaction involving Geac and Golden Gate (the "Arrangement"). The Company did not receive notice from any dissenting shareholders under Section 190 of the Canada Business Corporations Act. Under the terms of the Arrangement, Geac shareholders will receive US$11.10 in cash for each common share of

    Meridian Systems, a provider of enterprise project management software for optimizing capital projects, programs and facilities, announced a new technology partnership agreement with Dimension 5 Solutions (D5), developers of Encompass software. Encompass extends the existing functionality of Prolog Manager and Prolog WebSite by automating the collection, verification and entry of paper-based and electronic project data from numerous sources.


    mPower Technologies, the developer of mPower Integrator, is officially announcing their launch into the computer aided facilities management (CAFM) market . The company has over 100 years of combined experience in computer aided design (CAD) and facilities management (FM) technologies.


    Constructware achieved a 70% increase in year-over-year sales compared to 2004; 250% of which is attributed to new business. The significant increase in new business sales further validates that owners and contractors alike are recognizing the benefits of online collaboration and project management adoption throughout the design and construction lifecycle.


    Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that Toyo Engineering Corporation (TEC), a leading engineering, procurement, and construction firm based in Chiba, Japan, has joined Bentley's Enterprise License Subscription (ELS) program.

    Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that WorleyParsons, a leading provider of professional services to the energy, resource, and complex process industries, has joined Bentley's Enterprise License Subscription (ELS) program.

    Intergraph Corporation announced that Chinergy, the organization commissioned to build the world's first commercial, modular high-temperature, gas-cooled reactor in China's Shandong Province, has selected SmartPlant(R) 3D and SmartPlant Enterprise as the core technology for project design and implementation requirements.

    CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, construction, and operations firm based in Denver, Colo., has been selected by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead a major infrastructure redevelopment effort in parts of Sri Lanka damaged by the December 2004 tsunami.


    Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that it has appointed Rob Whitesell as vice president, Bentley Plant. Recognized as an expert in plant data workflows and a hands-on proponent of standardization, Whitesell brings more than 15 years of experience in the plant vertical delivering solutions for engineering information management to some of the largest companies in the world. Whitesell succeeds Dr. Jeff Hollings, who will focus on strategic business development for Bentley.

    Quantapoint announced that Ben Brown has been hired as a Senior Consultant serving the process industries in the Gulf Coast region. Mr. Brown will be responsible for ensuring the continuing satisfaction of Quantapoint's current process industries customers in the region and identifying new clients that could benefit from Quantapoint's laser documentation.

    CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, construction and operations firm is pleased to announce that Jessie H. Roberson, will join its executive leadership as President of the Nuclear Services Business Group.

    New Products

    Intergraph Corporation announced that a quantitative end-user productivity study showed Intergraph's revolutionary new 3D plant design system, SmartPlant(R) 3D, provides productivity gains of more than 30% in plant design and engineering over competitive products. In comparison with other plant design packages, SmartPlant 3D offers substantial, discipline-specific and inter-discipline productivity labor gains supporting the 3D modeling and design process.

    Intergraph Corporation introduced SmartPlant Layout for preliminary 3D plant layout, including proposal development, early design estimates and plant layout optimization. Based on Intergraph's next-generation 3D design solution, SmartPlant(R) 3D, SmartPlant Layout is another extension of the SmartPlant Enterprise suite through the addition of tools for automatic pipe routing, layout case management and interface cost estimation.

    Marking the second successful year of their technical alliance, AVEVA Group plc , and Autodesk, Inc., have announced a suite of new design and engineering technologies targeted at the architectural, mechanical, steelwork and concrete design sectors.

    Caligari Corporation, award-winning producer of 3D modeling and animation software, extended its leadership by announcing the availability of trueSpace7, the first 3D software application to feature real-time collaborative authoring technology. The new release is designed to meet the expanding needs of Caligari's current customers while addressing the 3D authoring and collaborative requirements of teams creating visualizations, simulations and online training material.

    Adobe Systems Incorporated announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Acrobat 3D, new desktop software that helps extend document-based 3D design collaboration capabilities to virtually anyone across and beyond global organizations. Using Acrobat 3D and harnessing the reach of Adobe Reader, extended project teams can more quickly, securely and cost-effectively drive to completion critical communication processes that require 3D visualization. See
    story in last week's AECWeekly.

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