HUNTSVILLE, Ala., March 20, 2012 – Intergraph released SmartPlant® FreeView™, a free .VUE viewer that allows users to display and navigate Intergraph 3D models and view associated plant properties.
SmartPlant FreeView will open any Intergraph SmartPlant
3D and SmartMarine 3D projects published as a .VUE file. A user then may walk
through the plant, ship or offshore model and select any object in the view to
see its associated plant properties via the MDB2 package. Intergraph’s
SmartPlant Review Publisher can convert and combine SmartPlant 3D and
SmartMarine 3D, as well as other project types, into .VUE and MDB2 formats for
viewing with SmartPlant FreeView or Intergraph’s full-capability visualization
solution, SmartPlant Review.
The free .VUE viewer has a complete set of on-screen
navigation controls for easy use, allowing even the most casual user to walk through
complex 3D models with no training. Keyboard navigation is equally simple. An
orientation axis is displayed in the view to help the user maintain direction.
SmartPlant FreeView also has a surface measure command to display accurate
distances between objects.
Vlad Savulian, engineering systems lead for AMEC Natural
Resources and one of the many industry experts who worked with Intergraph on
the requirements for a free .VUE viewer, said access to SmartPlant FreeView
will benefit companies of all sizes, especially those collaborating on
“On the oil sands projects in Canada, AMEC works with a
large number of clients, partners and subcontractors who could benefit from
viewing the 3D model,” Savulian said. “With SmartPlant FreeView, they will be
able to easily navigate the plant model, view properties, make comments on what
they see or ask questions about what they don’t understand. With the
introduction of SmartPlant FreeView, we will be able to extend model review
capabilities to a much broader audience.”
Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine
president, agreed: “SmartPlant FreeView enables our customers and their
suppliers to increase productivity and competiveness without increasing costs.
The use of SmartPlant 3D and SmartMarine 3D has doubled in the last two years.
With that tremendous growth comes the need for a variety of users, including
design, engineering, construction, operations and maintenance, to view these
complex 3D models.
“Now, for example, an engineering company can provide a
3D model to a potential subcontractor who can use SmartPlant FreeView for a
preliminary review and bid based on the actual model rather than a collection
of drawings – without having to purchase viewing software,” Sallinger said.
“Then once the work is awarded, the subcontractor can upgrade to SmartPlant
Review for more in-depth review and analysis capabilities.”
To learn more about SmartPlant FreeView or to install it
for free, visitwww.intergraph.com/go/freeview.
Intergraph Introduces SmartPlant 3D Viewer
March 20, 2012