On October 22, 2019, Richard BAUR, representative of Shell acting as President of CO-LaN Management Board, presented Erik ESCHE, as representative of the Process Dynamics and Operations Group of Technische Universität Berlin at the CAPE-OPEN 2019 Annual Meeting, with the CAPE-OPEN 2018 Award for for MOSAICmodeling’s innovative code generation supporting CAPE-OPEN.

Richard explained that d|b|t|a joined CO-LaN as a Corporate Associate Member in October 2011. Robert KRAUS was then its designated representative. Dr Erik ESCHE is now the representative of d|b|t|a in CO-LaN, having taken over from Gregor TOLKSDORF in May 2018  who himself took over from Robert KRAUS in 2014.

MOSAICmodeling is a free, web-based modeling, simulation, and optimization environment. Based on a LaTeX-style entry method for algebraic and differential equations, equation systems can be built and subsequently used for simulation and optimization. MOSAICmodeling provides for automatic code generation applicable to numerous simulation and optimization environments, such as AMPL, Aspen Custom Modeler, GAMS, gPROMS, MATLAB, Modelica, and for solvers interfaced via C++, FORTRAN, Python, etc.

Progressively, in the last few years, MOSAICmodelling has included CAPE-OPEN technology, from consuming CAPE-OPEN thermodynamics in MOSAIC models to creating CAPE-OPEN Unit Operations for use in process simulators.

CO-LaN has been closely following these developments through the presentations made successively by d|b|t|a at the CAPE-OPEN Annual Meetings.

G.Tolksdorf (2013) “MOSAIC – A modeling and code generation tool”, CAPE-OPEN 2013 Annual Meeting, Lyon, France

G. Tolksdorf (2015) “The MOSAIC Approach – Self-Made CO-UOs Without Programming Knowledge”, CAPE-OPEN 2015 Annual Meeting, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

G. Tolksdorf (2017) “CAPE-OPEN Easy Access for Students and Academics: Using MOSAICmodeling for Automatized Implementation of Unit Operations”, CAPE-OPEN 2017 Annual Meeting, London, UK.

Richard finally cited the MOSAICmodelling motto: “Model once, simulate anywhere” that fits so well with CAPE-OPEN objectives.

In response, Dr. Erik ESCHE declared that Professor REPKE, leader of Fachgebiet Dynamik und Betrieb technischer Anlagen (d|b|t|a), i.e. Chair of of Process Dynamics and Operations at Technische Universität Berlin would have very much liked to be present. Erik associated Gregor TOLKSDORF, who recently received his PhD for his work on MOSAICmodelling, to the award received, and also David KRONE, a PhD student at TU Berlin who develops further MOSAICmodelling and who presented on “Mixed-Integer Optimization in GAMS using CAPE-OPEN Thermodynamics via MOSAICmodeling and COBIA for Conceptual Design” at the CAPE-OPEN 2019 Annual Meeting.

Congratulations to Dynamik und Betrieb technischer Anlagen (d|b|t|a), i.e. the Chair of of Process Dynamics and Operations at Technische Universität Berlin!