ViewPoint Americas User Group donates funds for 3-D plant design software

The ViewPoint Americas User Group (ViewPoint) has donated funds that will be used to support the use of AVEVA on software projects to train College of Technology students in the use of AVEVA PDMS™ 3-D design software for the process plant industry. Implemented in the course titled 'MECT 3342 - Elements of Plant Design', AVEVA PDMS will be introduced to students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. The course will cover the use of AVEVA PDMS as part of an integrated engineering process and culminates in the assembly of a stabilizer system. AVEVA will extend its own support to the program by offering training to the faculty and teaching assistants.

"The Mechanical Engineering Technology program has almost 500 undergraduate majors and is the largest in the College of Technology," said Dr. Heidar Malki, Chair of the Engineering Technology Department.

"Prior to first offering the course in 2007, we looked at different 3D design software and selected AVEVA PDMS based on a number of technical and commercial considerations, including its dominant position in the offshore industry and the fact that the software has its own embedded database. Our course offering is unique as we are educating students who will be hired predominately as AVEVA PDMS engineers. We would like to thank the ViewPoint Americas User Group for this kind donation and AVEVA for its continued support," said Raresh Pascali, Instructional Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

"Following ViewPoint's closing it was decided that the remaining funds be donated for the ongoing development of the industry", said Mark Bush, former ViewPoint Americas Chairman and Information Manager for OpAmp deployed at Chevron. "I speak on behalf of the former members who are delighted to donate our remaining funds to the University of Houston to further its Mechanical Engineering Technology degree program. This is a great example of current PDMS users giving something back to the industry by investing in the users of the future."

"In the last 10 years, more than 80% of the largest production facilities in the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico were designed using AVEVA technology," commented William Muldoon, Executive Vice President - North America, AVEVA. "AVEVA's reputation and track record in the process plant and offshore industries is extremely strong and we're confident that the skills gained by the students will support both the industry and their own personal career ambitions. We are very pleased that ViewPoint was able to provide this generous donation of AVEVA PDMS software and are proud to support the College of Technology through our training program."

ViewPoint Americas User Group (ViewPoint) was established in the 1980s as the PDMS User Group of Americas (PUGA) for users of plant design and engineering lifecycle management solutions. With CADCentre's rebrand to AVEVA and the addition of more AVEVA products, the group became known as ViewPoint. Following the group's success of providing feedback on new AVEVA products, it was handed over to AVEVA, who now runs a series of User Meetings.

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