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On April 16, 2015, CO-LaN Management Board has reviewed the requests for Consultancy Services received following the call for requests issued at the beginning of 2015. CO-LaN is pleased to announce that the request made by Virtual Materials Group (“VMG”) has been selected for funding. VMG is seeking help to design and develop code around their current infrastructure to support CAPE-OPEN Unit Operations in their flagship product, VMGSim™, a world-class, rigorous and comprehensive steady-state and dynamics process simulator developed with an integrated flowsheet design in a user-friendly, modern environment. CO-LaN will fund up to 80 man-hours of consultancy work by AmsterCHEM in order to complete this project.

VMG supplies the oil and gas industry with innovative process simulation software. They are strongly focused on internal research and development, repeatedly reinvesting a significant portion of their gross income to it. In addition, they actively invest in research and development at the University of Alberta and University of Calgary in areas related to heavy oil production, processing, and upgrading. Their clients include some of the world’s largest oil and gas producers as well as a wide variety of small, medium, and large size exploration, engineering, and hydrocarbon transportation companies in the world.

Several years ago VMGThermo™, their extensively validated thermodynamics library, has been made a CAPE-OPEN compliant thermodynamic server. When informed of CO-LaN’s decision, Raul COTA, Vice-President of Research and Development at VMG stated ” Support of CAPE-OPEN operations in VMGSimä will open up a world of possiblities for our users. We look forward to seeing the value of their simulations increase as they integrate CAPE-OPEN programs with VMGSimä ”

AmsterCHEM is a consultancy company established since 2004 by Jasper van BATEN. Jasper studied chemical engineering at the Delft University of Technology and received his PhD from the University of Amsterdam. His research interests range from CFD simulations of distillation columns, bubble columns and airlift reactors to Kinetic Monte Carlo simulations, Molecular Dynamics applied to studies of adsorber and membrane separation devices, chemical flowsheeting and thermodynamics. His programming skills extend to many languages and major platforms: Microsoft Windows, Linux and various flavours of Unix, with a specialization in CAPE-OPEN. related implementations.