Author: Mark STIJMAN (Shell Global Solutions)
Abstract: the wrapping of Shell Thermodynamic server as a CAPE-OPEN software component is faced with several issues when running into various PMEs. The level of CAPE-OPEN support is different from one PME to another, confusing the end-user and making it difficult to switch entirely to CAPE-OPEN. Shell asks for a stricter CAPE-OPEN specification as to the minimal level of CAPE-OPEN support and is also looking for best practices regarding CAPE-OPEN interface implementations.
Note: Shell is questioning here a major decision taken when developing the CAPE-OPEN standard. The user interface is not part of the standard so different PMEs have vastly different ways to let their users access CAPE-OPEN standard. It is also asking for less non-mandatory interfaces and less recommendations in favor of requested functionality. A much needed functionality is the configuration of a Property Package which is not accessible through most PMEs yet and this proves to be a major problem.