The Methods & Tools Special Interest Group met today from 5 pm till 6:40 pm Central European Time.


COBIA latest release – New COBIA-based Unit Operation – Documentation


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).


Features of the latest COBIA 1.2 maintenance release were briefly described. At this stage, Methods & Tools Special Interest Group is not expecting any specific development for the next maintenance release (i.e. which has no target date yet.

At the request of CO-LaN Management Board expressed on April 7-8 during its latest monthly meeting, Methods&Tools Special Interest Group updated the schedule for Work Package 1 of COBIA Phase III in order to include testing at two points in the sequence of steps.

Jasper van BATEN demonstrated a new COBIA-based Unit Operation which will soon be released by AmsterCHEM. The configuration and the calculation of the Unit Operation are programmable using Python. The underlying code has been developed in C++ and is COBIA-based.

Bill BARRETT demonstrated the application of Pandoc, a document converter that can be used between Microsoft Word docx and a number of markup formats. Methods & Tools SIG is looking for ways to rely on a single source for textual specification as well as IDL in order to ensure easier maintenance and consistency between the two representations of an interface specification. Bill BARRETT applied the converter to the Persistence Common Interface Specification under development.





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.”