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The Icon Awards were announced today in Las Vegas at Intergraph 2008, the largest ever Intergraph international user conference. The awards honor companies and organizations that have deployed and leveraged Intergraph software in a visionary manner to yield results that have significantly contributed to their business and industry. The winners received their awards during the keynote sessions, which also featured Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France winner, athlete and founder of the Livestrong organization dedicated to cancer research and awareness.
The 2008 Icon Award winners are: Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL) (NYSE:CNQ), an oil and natural gas exploration, development and production company; East China Electric Power Design Institute (ECEPDI), an electric power planning and engineering institute; Genpro Engenharia S.A., a Brazil-based engineering firm; Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd., (HEC), a leading process, power and marine engineering company; Kadaster, the Dutch Cadastre Land Registry and Mapping Agency; Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) Emergency Dispatch Services, a 9-1-1 public safety answering point for 58 municipalities; Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), a Fortune 250 energy company with more than 21,000 megawatts of generation capacity and $9 billion in annual revenues; and the US Air Force Warner Robins - Air Logistics Center (WR-ALC) 730th Aircraft Sustainment Group (ASG), which provides life-cycle maintenance services for the C-5 airlifter.
"Intergraph's enterprise engineering and geospatially powered software helps governments and businesses to organize vast amounts of data into understandable visual representations in order to make better and faster operational decisions," said Intergraph President and Chief Executive Officer Halsey Wise. "This year's Icon Award winners have clearly demonstrated the power of Intergraph technology to help make their organizations change the world for the better."
Reid French, Intergraph executive vice president and chief operating officer, added, "We are gratified to see how these key industry leaders have innovatively used Intergraph software on a global basis to achieve their business objectives with greater efficiency and speed than ever before."
Icon Award Winner Profiles
CNRL's multi-billion dollar Horizon oil sands project is located in northern Alberta. The amount of engineering information created to construct and operate the oil recovery and production facility is staggering. Through the Engineering Information Technology (EIT) program, CNRL's mission is to protect the integrity and exploit the retention, use and re-use of the engineering data asset. CNRL accomplished this through the usage of the Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise engineering suite to enable the company to substantially reduce operating and maintenance costs over the life-cycle of the Horizon project.
ECEPDI designs and engineers fossil fuel and nuclear power plants, transmission and substation systems in China and abroad. It has engineered more than 155 power plants and constructed a total generation capacity of 65,370 megawatts and more than 17,248 kilometers of transmission lines. As an Intergraph customer for nearly a decade, ECEPDI has expanded its use of the SmartPlant Enterprise suite for ever-more challenging projects such as the P&ID solution for the Yuhuan 4X1,000 megawatt power plant, one of the largest coal-fired plants in the world. ECEPDI also has adopted the SmartPlant Enterprise engineering data management platform that will enable ECEPDI and its customers to transition from traditional document management to a digital engineering data management environment. By expanding and adopting the full SmartPlant Enterprise suite, ECEPDI is enabling its customers to meet China's growing energy needs.
To meet its customers' expectations, Genpro must deliver complex process plant and engineering projects on time and within budget. Previously, training, correcting generated drawings and reports and customization were consuming too much time. Conversion to SmartPlant Enterprise was accomplished quickly due to the easy-to-learn and use solutions. Once Genpro implemented SmartPlant Enterprise, its engineers were able to more quickly customize and extract information and produce reports which accelerated their project. As a result, Genpro was able to complete its pilot industrial plant project in just one year while gaining important new efficiencies for future projects.
At Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd. (HEC), which engineers oil and gas and chemical processing plants, offshore facilities and power plants, the motto is "We design tomorrow." HEC began pilot use of SmartPlant Enterprise at the request of a customer. The positive initial project experience led HEC to expand SmartPlant Enterprise use to more than 10 projects. Today, the firm plans to apply the Intergraph enterprise engineering software to all upcoming major projects. HEC estimates that using SmartPlant solutions will result in approximately 10-20 percent in manpower savings. In addition, it also projects that material surplus and shortage variances will be reduced to less than three percent and the period for procurement, including materials take-offs and construction, will be shortened by five percent.
Kadaster processes all property data in the Netherlands, as well as for ships and aircraft. It responds to approximately 19 million information requests annually from notaries, local authorities, businesses, the public and others. The agency uses Intergraph GeoMedia for core activities such as gathering, storing and displaying geospatial data. Driven by its social responsibility, Kadaster, through Kadaster International, also contributes to the world's welfare and prosperity by having participated in approximately 50 projects for countries that request its geographic information system expertise.
Montgomery County Commissioners needed a method to virtually notify law enforcement of a serious threat and notify school officials of security concerns, severe weather or evacuation orders. At project completion, more than 650 field units which can generate alarms based on pre-configured address and nature-code records will be directly integrated into Montgomery's computer aided dispatch (CAD) system. Total transaction time from notification to telecommunicator screen display will be less than two seconds. More than 200 units were online by the end of 2007, and more will follow to ensure that this 483-square mile area bordering Philadelphia will have state-of-the-art alert systems for any contingency.
Progress Energy, which serves 3.1 million customers in the Carolinas and Florida, began in 1997 to transition in phases to a fully digital environment using Intergraph solutions for monitoring and mapping its infrastructure as well as dispatching field crews. Progress cites the 100 percent digital conversion for having significantly contributed to its ability to quickly respond to outage events. This capability was severely tested during the extraordinary hurricane season of 2004 when 60 percent of Progress' transmission and distribution systems was damaged by four consecutive hurricanes. For its "outstanding work under extreme conditions," the utility earned the Edison Electric Institute's prestigious Emergency Assistance Award.
The US Air Force WR-ALC 730th ASG is challenged with streamlining and transforming complex logistics processes and maintenance activities by developing a Web-enabled integrated data environment and implementing Maintenance Steering Group 3, the commercial airline industry's "best practice" reliability program to ensure maximum aircraft availability, reliability and inherent safety at a minimum total cost. Using Intergraph technology and expertise, the ASG anticipates $1.38 billion in cost avoidance through 2040 with a payback alone of $7 million by the end of the second year of the program and a significant availability improvement of approximately seven C-5 aircraft per year.
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