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'We found PDMS easy to learn and very flexible,' he told us. 'It could easily be adapted to our work processes without disrupting our work methodology. This resulted in very rapid implementation and start-up.'Now,' he continued, 'we design almost exclusively with PDMS, right from the start of a project, when the first layout of the plant is created, and then for all stages from basic engineering through to detailed engineering, generating the fabrication information.'Apart from its ease of use and productivity,' he went on, 'we particularly value PDMS's ability to generate completely clash-free designs. This saves project time and cost by avoiding costly modifications at the construction site.'From a business perspective, another important benefit is that many of the design models created for one project can often be reused with minor modifications in another project for the same customer,' he concluded. 'This enables us to build up a library of proven designs, and can often benefit our customers with considerable time and cost savings.'Design reviewIn addition to PDMS, PROGEN also uses AVEVA Review as a practical tool for eliminating design problems as early as possible. Design reviews are carried out continually with all engineering groups including construction. This ensures high-quality design and further eliminates construction problems.Stepping up to PDMS 12PROGEN has been particularly impressed with the close cooperation between AVEVA and its customers. This has resulted in a number of feature requests being incorporated in PDMS 12, to which the company is already planning to upgrade.'We found PDMS easy to learn and very flexible. It could easily be adapted to our work processes without disrupting our work methodology...'AVEVA PDMS model of the metallic indium plant for Votorantim Metais. Image courtesy of PROGEN.AVEVA PDMS model of the metallic indium plant for Votorantim Metais. Image courtesy of PROGEN.Rodrigo Mioni. Photograph courtesy of PROGEN.AVEVA World Magazine 2011|Issue 129

AVEVA and HDW celebrate 25 years of partnershipA cooperation spanning a quarter of a century with the internationally renowned German shipyardIn October 1985, Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) - a company of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems - sent the first group of trainees to Malmö, Sweden to learn to use the Steerbear software, an early predecessor of Tribon and AVEVA Marine. That year marked the beginning of a long-term relationship between the two companies. Over the intervening period, HDW has contributed significantly to the development of the AVEVA shipbuilding systems, and many of the advanced production functions found in AVEVA Marine today are a direct result of this cooperation.With more than 170 years of commercial and naval shipbuilding history, the Kiel-based shipyard is, today, the world leader in the construction of non-nuclear submarines. HDW is the only shipyard in the world to offer fully matured fuel cell propulsion systems for its boats. HDW submarines are serving in 18 navies around the world.HDW was an early adopter of 3D technology within the shipbuilding industry. After implementing Steerbear Hull from Kockums Computer Systems (KCS) in 1985-86, they adopted the Steerbear outfitting applications two years later for use in surface ship design. The integrated 3D shipbuilding system allowed concurrent engineering on a common ship model database. HDW's first project with Steerbear was the design of the giant container-carrying vessels for American President Lines being built at HDW.In the early 1990s, HDW was thinking more and more about computer-controlled production methods. In a cooperative project, 'Werft 2000', KCS and HDW worked together over many years to implement many of these ideas into the Steerbear system (later known as Tribon). U212A Class - First submarine built by HDW with 100% steel structure in Tribon. Photograph courtesy of HDW. 30AVEVA World Magazine 2011|Issue 1