March 05, 2007
daratechPLANT 2007—Impressions from My Desktop, Part III
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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We’re seeing tremendous movement in nuclear. Everyone has realized that the marriage to crude oil is fraught with risk and most countries have realized it’s probably worth dealing with some of the risks of nuclear just to get some diversification of energy supply. The U.S. has been aggressive in doing that with their DOE 2010 program which has spawned a lot of activity in the U.S. around nuclear. We’re working with some technology vendors like GE to accelerate the deployment of nuclear capabilities and also improve the way they’re operated afterwards. The same thing that applies in your standard refinery applies in the nuclear space. They really need high integrity
asset information to run a good safe plant. The ROI is different. Nuclear plants have much higher integrity of asset information anyway, because of all the regulations. We can do that more efficiently and ensure better safety as a result. We’re working with GE in making SmartPlant Enterprise part of their handover to the owners and that works integrally with the SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators strategy. We’re getting that technology injected way upstream, so it’s very cheap and fast when it comes to handover time and doesn’t cause problems in loss of fidelity in the information later on.

I think we’ll probably do $34 million in R&D investment this year. Being in that position and being in this growth wave in the industry, is very positive for us.

AW: What is Intergraph doing to address the worldwide lack of young engineers and/or encourage young engineers?

Patrick Holcomb:
We’ve got an advanced education program. We do a lot of work to make it easy for universities to get our software and get them trained. I think that will help people who are going into the design and engineering environments to be more usable and valuable faster when they come out. We’ve done that for many years and continue to do it around the world.

Innovation of these technologies, such as 3D, is a big deal if you want to attract young people, because they don’t like working in applications that are 25 years old and require line commands. New people are not used to applications that work like that. Intergraph introducing new technologies into the industry does a lot to lower the barriers for young people thinking about careers in engineering. We’re not talking directly to young people, but we are laying the foundation so that young people can come in and feel comfortable in an engineering organization and excel.

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Turner Construction Company, the nation's leading general builder, today announced that construction costs are projected to increase in the First Quarter of 2007. According to the Turner Building Cost Index, the First Quarter 2007 index will show a 1.59 percent increase in construction costs over the Fourth Quarter 2006 index and an 8.49 percent increase over the First Quarter 2006 index. This represents the smallest quarter-to-quarter percentage increase in the Index since first quarter of 2004.

Cimmetry Systems, an Agile Software company and global leader in collaborative visualization solutions, today announced that it will be hosting the AutoVue Customer Cimm'posium 2007, Cimmetry's first ever annual user and partner conference at the W Hotel in Montreal, Canada, on June 27-28, 2007, on the eve of Montreal's electrifying International Jazz Festival. For more information about the AutoVue Customer Cimm'posium 2007, please visit

shareCG beta, a new web community for Computer Graphics, Visual Effects, and 3D Animation/Art professionals and hobbyists, officially went online today. shareCG is the first CG dedicated website to share its revenue with site contributors. Everything on shareCG -- including videos, animation, art galleries, tutorials, 3D models, software, plug-ins, scripts, and CG news -- is free, as well as site membership and the opportunity to profit.

You can visit shareCG now at the
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A city of the future – “Mwinda” – engineered by students from St. Thomas More School in Baton Rouge, has won
the 2007 National Engineers Week Future City CompetitionTM. The students – Jake Bowers, 12, Emily Ponti, 14, and Krisha Sherburne, 12 – teamed up with their teacher Shirley Newman, and volunteer engineer mentor Guy Macarios. St. Thomas More was the winner of the Louisiana regional competition held on January 26 in Alexandria.

McGraw-Hill Construction, the provider of construction information and intelligence in North America and part of The McGraw-Hill Companies announced it will present the 2007 China Airport Construction Summit, May 14-15, 2007 in Xi'an, China, in collaboration with International Aviation Group (IAG), the largest professional publisher in China for the aviation and aerospace industries, and AVIATION WEEK, a sister unit at McGraw-Hill.

In a press release issued by the Vinyl Institute, the
U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC) -- a private organization that promotes "green" building practices and materials -- has announced that on Feb. 26 it will release a final report on PVC from its Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee (TSAC), and it will announce the process and next steps for moving forward.

In 2002, the USGBC formed a Task Group to evaluate the environmental and health performance of PVC and competing building materials in several product areas: drain/waste/vent pipe; windows, siding and flooring. In 2004, after reviewing nearly 2,500 studies, the Task Group issued a draft report that concluded PVC was as acceptable as the competing materials in products for green buildings and, in fact, that discouraging use of PVC "could steer designers to use materials which performed worse over their life cycles."


Intergraph Corporation today announced that COSCO Shipyard Group, a joint venture comprising five shipyards operated by China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) and Singapore's SembCorp Marine, will deploy the integrated Intergraph Marine Enterprise portfolio.

Contract Awards

AVEVA, provider of plant design and engineering lifecycle solutions, today announced that Fluor Corporation has selected AVEVA’s VNET solution to manage the information and handover requirements of a major engineering project in Africa. VNET is an application-independent, web-enabled platform for the integration and collaboration of asset information.


Cyon Research Corporation, a provider of analysis and consulting for engineering technology markets, today announced the newest analyst to join its team. Honored engineer, educator, executive, and consultant Dr. Russell F. Henke will join Cyon Research’s select group of knowledgeable experts on business and technology issues.

KEMA director of green building services, Andrea Traber, has been elected to a one-year term as president of the board of the Northern California Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-NCC). Traber has been an active member of the Northern California Chapter since 2001.

Strengthening the company’s wealth of expertise,
Synergis Technologies Engineering Design Solutions Division announced today that two of its technical professionals, Peter Gehring and Bob Reid, passed rigorous certification exams for Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Inventor software. Peter Gehring, Building & Infrastructure Solutions Director, is now an Autodesk Revit Implementation Certified Expert and Bob Reid, a Design Applications Engineer who joined the company only five months ago, achieved Autodesk Inventor Certified User status – a prerequisite to attaining the “Certified Expert” status.

New Products

Dexter + Chaney, developer of Forefront(TM) Construction Suite, and
Quote Software, makers of QuoteExpress estimating software, have integrated their products for the plumbing, mechanical and HVAC markets. Labor and materials estimate information is transferred electronically from QuoteExpress into Forefront, using Forefront’s Esti-Link module. That saves time and increases accuracy for the contractor by eliminating manual re-entry of estimate data from QuoteExpress into Forefront.

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-- Susan Smith, Managing Editor.


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