Logo of CO-LaN smallOn March 23, 2002, the CAPE-OPEN Laboratories Network held its Annual General Assembly of Members at DECHEMA in Frankfurt, Germany.

The Full Members present were:

The only Associate Member present was JGC, represented by Hiroshi Okada. The Assembly welcomed as guests DECHEMA, represented by Dr Richard SASS, and Degussa, represented by Dr Ralf JANOWSKY.

Picture of Bertrand BRAUNSCHWEIGBertrand BRAUNSCHWEIG opened the meeting by explaining that this meeting represented the relaunch of CO-LaN, after the revised Master Plan and Bylaws generated at the end of Global CAPE-OPEN.  He also confirmed that Version 1.0 of the CAPE-OPEN standard would be published on the last day of Global CAPE-OPEN and the next issues of CAPE Update would be published soon after.

There was general agreement amongst the Full Members that the top priority was to get enough CAPE-OPEN functionality implemented commercially to allow routine use to be established in some sectors of the process industries. This would generate valuable feedback to both users and vendors, which would allow informed decisions to be made about future progress.

The generation of user priorities was felt to be an important contribution from CO-LaN to the industry.  Since they have been developed from a range of companies, they could help to reduce the confusion experienced by the vendors in trying to resolve the often conflicting messages coming from individual companies.  As CO-LaN expands, they will deliver an even clearer message.

Dr JANOWSKY, as a member of IK-CAPE, who has followed CAPE-OPEN from the start, made some observations about attitudes that he felt might be encountered in approaches to potential member companies:

  • The general view is that Standards Development Organisations (SDOs) tend to be slow and ponderous.
  • Most operating companies have no software development capabilities, so could not contribute to CO-LaN.
  • An operating company frequently uses only one vendor’s products, so any interfaces needed could be developed by that vendor.  Why does it need to join CO-LaN?
  • Any operating company usually belongs to other industry groupings, eg IK-CAPE, and can influence vendors by that route.
  • Since CO-LaN is a new organisation with no track record, any operating company would like to see some success stories before considering joining.

The Full Members agreed to launch the first Special Interest Groups: Thermodynamics (leader: Werner MERK), Unit (leader: Hans PINGEN) and Numerics (leader: Michel PONS).

The budget for 2002 was accepted, with the proviso that activities would have to be scaled back in line with the identified priorities, if 15 full members were not recruited. The annual membership fee for a Full Member was kept at 10 K€.


Expensesin K€
Mission 1: User Priorities0
Mission 2: Exploitation and dissemination60
Mission 4: Testing55
Mission 5: Training and migration facilitation0
Incomein K€
Fees assuming 15 Full Members150


Finally a new Management Board was elected with IFP (represented by B. BRAUNSCHWEIG) as President, with Dow (represented by W. MERK) as Vice-President, with BP (represented by P. BANKS) as Secretary, with TOTAL (represented by M. PONS) as Treasurer, with BASF (represented by Peter MAUER), Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (represented by Tetsuo SHIRAO) and Shell Global Solutions (represented by H. PINGEN) as Members.