Plant design in a world of $30 oil

Plant design in a world of $30 oil

I get asked this a lot: what are oil producers (and their contractors) doing when the price of oil is so low? Why keep producing? Why do they need engineering services — and CAD, PLM, visualization, and other engineering-related technologies? The questions usually...
AVEVA showcases toys & tech at World Summit

AVEVA showcases toys & tech at World Summit

Dubai is hot, both in temperature and in infrastructure buildup. If you followed along last week you saw the view from my hotel window: construction everywhere, towers rising in a no-mans land of scrubby desert. Where the buildings are finished, they’re surrounded by...
SimSci boosts process performance, profit

SimSci boosts process performance, profit

You likely know that AVEVA and Schneider Electric Software are poised to merge, assuming due diligence and regulatory hurdles don’t throw up insurmountable obstacles. What will that mean for plant designers? For engineering and construction companies? For asset...
Quickie: Hexagon acquires EcoSys for AEC project control

Quickie: Hexagon acquires EcoSys for AEC project control

I’m at the Siemens PLM analyst conference in Boston this week, but need to let you know that Hexagon is acquiring EcoSys to further its strategy of addressing broader AEC project challenges. EcoSys helps customers capture and manage project information related...
HxGN Live: where software, data, sensors meet

HxGN Live: where software, data, sensors meet

Hexagon shepherds to market such diverse offerings as Vero’s CAM software, Intergraph Process, Power and Marine’s SmartPlant, CADWorx and plant-specific simulation solutions, Leica laser scanners and Hexagon Metrology optical probes (for manufacturing tolerance...
Siemens targets oil & gas from all angles

Siemens targets oil & gas from all angles

Have you ever had so much stuff that you’re not sure what to do with it all? Maybe your closet is overflowing, or your spice rack or bookshelf … It’s all great, but there’s no cohesiveness to it, no plan, no way that the bits sum up to something more than the...
Very quick: Intergraph acquires Visual Vessel Design

Very quick: Intergraph acquires Visual Vessel Design

Dashing to the airport (from warm and lovely San Diego, to a cold and possibly snowy Boston — what am I thinking?!) and just got an email announcing that Intergraph has acquired Ohmtech, makers of Visual Vessel Design, an analytical tool to design pressure...
AVEVA World Summit highlights value of the digital asset

AVEVA World Summit highlights value of the digital asset

I was in Berlin last week, a fascinating city to host one of the plant/marine engineering world’s premier events: the AVEVA World Summit.  The Summit brings together designers, constructors, operators and owners from across the world and across industries, to...