NewsA couple of quick notes to start your week. The world of engineering software certainly isn’t letting winter weather slow it down!

AVEVA acquires Global Majic  

AVEVA added Global Majic’s real-time interactive 3D visualization and simulation scene generation and delivery to its portfolio, boosting its immersive plant capabilities for use during design and operations. AVEVA says the acquired products enable plant operators to train workers and plan inspections and maintenance projects, all without exposing workers to the hazards of an operating plant. Global Majic is interesting because it sells almost 30 ActiveX and .NET components for different types of simulation, from aircraft dynamics to the Global Majic Knob, an ActiveX component that “creates a graphical knob that you can use for interactive data input, process control and real-time adjustments”. What AVEVA will do with all of this remains to be seen, but it’s clear that realistic visualization is a key part of its strategy.

AVEVA did not disclose how much it paid for the assets of Global Majic, but did say that a “small team of simulation specialists who develop, distribute and support the Global Majic products” will join AVEVA.

Siemens’ JT accepted as an ISO standard

Siemens announced today that its JT data format has been accepted as an official International Standards Organization (ISO) International Standard. JT is a data format for viewing and sharing digital 3D product information between flavors of CAD, PLM and other related data creation and consumption technologies.

Siemens PLM Software CEO Chuck Grindstaff said that “Today’s announcement is a historic milestone for PLM open standards and further reinforces Siemens’ overall commitment to an open business model that benefits the entire industry.”

Lest you think ISO recognition is easy … it’s not. According to ISO, a standards effort starts when an industry group identifies a need and elevates it to a national group like ANSI in US or DIN, the German Institute for Standardization. If they agree, ISO technical committees negotiate the scope, definitions and content and content of a proposed standard. Once there’s a consensus, a draft is circulated and the members (ANSI, DIN, etc.) have 5 months to comment and vote. If approved like JT, a new standard is born.

JT itself has been around at least 10 years and the ISO certification effort cranked into high gear in 2009, when the ProSTEP iViP published the JT File Format Reference document as a Publicly Available Specification (ISO PAS 14306). JT is now formally known in standards circles as ISO IS14306.