Several Computer Assisted Process Engineering (CAPE) projects have been started in Europe as part of the collaborative ESPRIT projects, with a funding of ECU 3.2million.
Bayer is heading a validation (VALI0) project and ICI is leading a conceptual (CCPT) project. ICI’s includes links to other open standards, such as pdXi, POSC and OPERA – a training simulator. The plan is to create an open interface between object-orientated software, but there would be copyright for the software.
Objective of the project is to make the task of process and control system modelling easier by integrating tools that could move models forward through the lifecycle and simplify translation.
Results could ultimately affect graphical user interfaces and overall handling of process data.
Tom Malik, from ICI Engineering Technology, said at an IChemE meeting in London last month that it could provide benefits to ICI in the order of £100m.