Innovative by Design

When customers think of Intergraph Process, Power & Marine, they think of design. In 1985, our first integrated 2D/3D Plant Design Solution, PDS, entered the market. PDS was, by the way, the reason why I joined Intergraph. As a chemical engineer, I was working in the plant design industry myself, and when I saw a PDS demonstration at an exhibition, I was fascinated. I thought this was something I would like to work with, so I approached Intergraph and joined the company.

PDS has been very successful; it soon became the market-leading system and held this position for more than 20 years. It’s still widely used on many projects today.

In 2000, our largest initiative by far kicked-off, with the development of a next-generation 3D PDS. We recognized that, despite the high productivity of PDS and its leading market position, the time would come when further improvements on its functionality would become a challenge.

So we decided to think forward, gathering a team of our best R&D people to design a new solution that was object-based and driven by relations, rules and automation. It took us more than four years to launch the first version of the new software in late 2004. Today, there are more than 2,000 man-years of development and $200 million invested in the Smart 3D product line (which includes SmartPlant® 3D, SmartMarine® 3D, and SmartPlant® 3D Materials Handling Edition. But I must say that the effort paid off! The software is simply miles ahead of any competitive product.

We are grateful for the growing number of companies who recognize that our software can help them achieve their goals. We will always follow our number one rule: “We will never, ever let a customer down!”

From 2D to Smart 3D – Leading our customers to the future – that’s shaping change.

Best regards,
Gerhard Sallinger
Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (PP&M)

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