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Monday, January 25, 1999 < Prev Next >

Visio Announces Innovative Partner Solutions Within the Plant Engineering Industry

New Integrated Third-Party Solutions Allow Visio Technical Users to Link Intelligent P&IDs to 3D Plant Models and Knowledge-Based Engineering Systems for the Fastest Route from Business Case to Finished Plant

HOUSTON, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) announced today at the DaratechPlant '99 Conference the availability of new third-party software solutions for the process plant industry that interact with its 2-D technical diagramming tool, Visio® Technical 5.0 Plus. Developed by Cadcentre of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and ICARUS Corp. of Rockville, Md., these new vertical solutions complement and extend the new process plant engineering functionality introduced in Visio Technical 5.0 Plus that allows for the easier creation, exchange and storage of piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) and process flow diagrams (PFDs). Available now, Visio Technical 5.0 Plus provides solution developers within the process plant industry with a platform for extending intuitive, intelligent P&ID functionality into sophisticated plant design and specification applications.

"By giving plant engineers and designers greater flexibility in how they design and document the functionality of their processes, Visio is changing the way in which 2-D design vendors will be measured in terms of their impact on the process plant industry," said John Forbes, vice president and general manager of technical products at Visio. "The intelligence in P&ID diagrams created with Visio Technical 5.0 Plus greatly facilitates leveraging that design data into higher-end tools used in the plant design and development process. As vertical solutions providers in the process plant industry adopt the Visio diagramming format as a starting point in the design process, engineers increasingly will find Visio Technical to be a logical choice for everyday creation and storage of 2-D process plant documentation."

Cadcentre's Plant Design Management System

Cadcentre, a leading supplier of design solutions for the process industries, has developed PDMS PE-Direct, a new front-end loading solution. Visio Technical customers working in the conceptual phase of plant design can now quickly and easily transfer designs from their P&ID designs directly into the Cadcentre's PDMS 3-D environment. "Combining the power of Visio Technical as a 2-D technical diagramming tool with the strength of Cadcentre's 3-D modeling and visualization capabilities delivers significant gains over current practice and breaks new ground in ease of use," said Peter Littleton, president of Cadcentre Inc. "The intuitive interface and sophisticated external-data-linking capabilities will make Visio Technical a key component of our standard engineering desktop for process engineering."

Knowledge-based Engineering

ICARUS Corp. is a 30-year pioneer in knowledge-based engineering within the process plant industry. Its products are based on a software technology called Kbase, a compilation of best practices and rules-based expert systems for process plant design, specification and project management. Visio Technical's capabilities are linked to the Kbase technology to help users graphically visualize the elements of complex plant-related projects. ICARUS will also integrate Visio functionality into other Kbase-based solutions to automatically generate designs, schedules and costs of the plant-related projects.

"Kbase is the result of 28 years of process plant-related knowledge, and we're using Visio Technical to give users more choices in how they want to extract and package that knowledge," said Doug McCue, manager of research and development at ICARUS. "The combination of Icarus's experience in developing project management tools that incorporate the best practices of disciplined process plant engineering with Visio Technical's programmability, ease of use and deep process plant drawing content will result in better, faster decision-making by our users. Process plant design and management is a complex process, and our customers will benefit from enhanced analysis and visualization tools that give them project information in a more comprehensible format."

About Visio Technical 5.0 Plus

Visio Technical 5.0 Plus provides a faster and more intuitive way of creating PFDs, P&IDs and datasheets than is possible using traditional CAD applications. Important new features in Visio Technical 5.0 Plus for process engineering include customizable reporting (tags, datasheets and lists) and valves that automatically align. In addition, Visio Technical 5.0 Plus introduces support for the Bentley Microstation DGN file format, and offers enhanced intelligent diagramming features and SmartShapes® symbol-based content for process engineering users.

About Visio Corp.

Visio Corp. is the leading supplier of enterprisewide business diagramming and technical drawing software, with an installed base of over 2.8 million users worldwide. Founded in September 1990, the Seattle-based company pioneered the drawing and diagramming software market with the release of Visio 1.0 in November 1992 and has since released additional Microsoft Windows-based graphics applications that offer users a unique and effective way to communicate and work. Visio's powerful product line is becoming a worldwide standard for graphical solutions in business, with the support of partner programs and third-party relationships in key market segments. Visio products are available in as many as 12 language versions and are sold in more than 45 countries.

For more information about Visio Corp. and its products, customers can contact Visio at 800-24-VISIO (248-4746), ext. 93W, or visit the company's Web site at

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