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Kyushu Institute of Technology Selects Intergraph® SmartMarine® 3D for Research and Education
Mar 15, 2011 (06:03 PM EDT)


Institution of higher education uses integrated 3D design solution for shipbuilding design research

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), one of Japan's top science and research universities, has selected Intergraph® SmartMarine® 3D design and engineering software for use in its Department of Creative Informatics to use in shipbuilding design research.

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Kyutech researchers have been working with major shipbuilders in Japan to build knowledge models that can collect design and engineering expertise of experienced engineers. The combination of the Kyutech knowledge model with Intergraph SmartMarine 3D will help to advance shipbuilding design, and improve quality and productivity. Researchers and students in the Department of Creative Informatics can receive firsthand SmartMarine 3D operational training and practice to create ship structure models and export the ship design data for review in the Kyutech knowledge model.

SmartMarine 3D is a key component of Intergraph's multi-discipline SmartMarine Enterprise portfolio, which provides all the capabilities needed to design and build offshore devices or ships from design to fabrication to operations and maintenance – all in a single, integrated environment. It is a data-centric, rules-driven solution that enables users to share data globally, automate design and build safety into vessels and structures early in the design process, and efficiently construct and manage the engineering design basis throughout the lifecycle of an asset.

Masanobu Umeda, associate professor at Kyutech, said, "We take great pride in our commitment to academic excellence with competence in engineering and strive to provide the best research and educational tools available. Intergraph's SmartMarine 3D is aligned with Kyutech's academic goals and enables us to use advanced technology to produce a leading-edge software that can be used for hull structure design review with relevance in the marine industry."

"Intergraph places great value on innovation and constantly strives to build on our expertise and experience to positively impact current and future generations," said Gerhard Sallinger, president of Intergraph Process, Power & Marine. "It is an honor to have Kyutech select SmartMarine 3D for integration into its research and education projects. Kyutech's choice of Intergraph validates our position as an industry leader in shipbuilding designs solutions and an important step in the continued expansion of Intergraph's marine presence in Japan."

The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph the No. 1 overall engineering design 3D software and process engineering tools (PET) provider worldwide according to its PET Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast through 2013.

About Kyutech

Kyushu Institute of Technology was founded in 1907 and for more than 100 years, has strived to educate students with competence in engineering and to create new technologies and industries. Kyutech aims to be the university with global standards based on quality assurance, and is committed to contribute to the creation and the cultivation of future society. Kyutech has three campuses, two in Kitakyushu City and one in Iizuka City, Japan, with 6,063 students attending currently. For more information, visit www.kyutech.ac.jp/english.

About Intergraph

Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph's industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data to make processes and infrastructure better, safer and smarter. The company's software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.

Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I).  Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction, operation and data management of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially powered solutions to the public safety and security, defense and intelligence, government, transportation, photogrammetry, and utilities and communications industries. Intergraph Government Solutions (IGS) is an independent subsidiary for SG&I's U.S. federal and classified business.

Intergraph is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hexagon AB, (Nordic exchange: HEXA B) and (Swiss exchange: HEXN). For more information, visit www.intergraph.com and www.hexagon.se.

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