CO-LaN Management Board has decided today to re-commissioned the Methods & Tools Special Interest Group (SIG).

Picture of Bill BARRETT (US EPA representative) in December 2018Dr Bill Barrett from US Environmental Protection Agency has been designated as leader for this SIG. Bill, recipient of the CAPE-OPEN Award 2008, has been active in CO-LaN for several years now, as software developer as well as instructor of CAPE-OPEN related courses in the US and Europe. Representatives from SimSci-Esscor, ProSim SA, AmsterCHEM and University of Trieste (Italy) have expressed their interest in participating to the SIG activities.

The Methods & Tools SIG generally aims at improving the integration and at expanding 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.

The key responsibilities of the Methods & Tools SIG are:

  • to resolve issues with the CAPE-OPEN common interface specifications
  • to develop and maintain standards and protocols for incorporating advances in information technology within the CAPE-OPEN standards
  • to identify novel uses of CAPE and to provide CAPE-OPEN standards for utilizing CAPE within these applications

The Methods & Tools SIG deliverables for 2010 are:

  • Parameters: minimum level of parameter support in Process Modelling Environments and expansion of dimensionality concept
  • Thermo version support: provide a means for Process Modelling Components and Process Modelling Environments to expose which version(s) of CAPE-OPEN Thermodynamic interfaces are supported
  • Flowsheet Monitoring: review, revise and publish a specification document and prototypes for the CAPE-OPEN Flowsheet Monitoring interfaces

These actions should clean up some issues with existing interfaces as well as develop flowsheet monitoring.