The Methods & Tools Special Interest Group met today from 5 pm till 5:55 pm Central European Summer Time.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (represented by Bill BARRETT), AmsterCHEM (represented by Jasper van BATEN), Bryan Research & Engineering (represented by Michael HLAVINKA),  Michel PONS (contractor to CO-LaN as Chief Technology Officer).


COBIA Phase III, COBIA distribution specification, .NET versioning


Michel PONS reported to the Methods & Tools SIG that the memo on COBIA Phase III has been delivered to CO-LaN Management Board for review and decision. It is expected to be discussed at the CO-LaN Management Board meeting on February 11, 2021.

Then the participants went through the sections of the document specifying how the distribution of the COBIA software components has to be done, following modifications made recently by Michel PONS. Building COBIA software components created out of Phase II, and their installers, has been automated by AmsterCHEM and the steps involved need to be covered in the document. Plus there are some discrepancies between the distribution specified in the document and the one developed: these should be resolved. An explanation was given by AmsterCHEM of the new technical arrangements made recently for the CO-LaN symbol server corresponding to the distributed COBIA software components. This explanation needs also to be documented. An off-line review will take place till next meeting.

Next the participants went through the memo describing the impact of Microsoft strategy about .NET on two aspects of CO-LaN work:

The consequences of Microsoft strategy appear clear for the first item: there will be no need for the CAPE-OPEN PIA after 2023. For the second point, the uncertainties remaining in Microsoft strategy and effective technical deliverables were discussed and will be formulated to let CO-LaN Management Board define the level of risk which is acceptable.

Next meeting is scheduled for February 10, 2021.


Picture of Bill BARRETT (US EPA representative) in December 2018Contact Bill BARRETT (representative of US Environmental Protection Agency, leader of the Methods & Tools Special Interest Group) should you wish to join the Methods & Tools Special Interest Group. Its charter is: “Improve integration, and expand utilization of Computer-Aided Process Engineering (CAPE) applications within the enterprise through identification and resolution of existing cross-cutting issues with the CAPE-OPEN platform, develop mechanisms for use of CAPE within other application domains, and incorporate advances in information technology into the CAPE-OPEN platform.”