SIMULTECH 2017 was held from June 26 till June 28, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. The purpose of the 7th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications (SIMULTECH) is to bring together researchers, engineers, applied mathematicians and practitioners interested in the advances and applications in all fields of modeling and simulation.

E. KALEMI, L. KOO and F. CECELJA from the University of Surrey presented a paper on “A Semantic Web Engine for Biorefining Model Integration” where they pointed out that the “CAPE-OPEN initiative, a widely recognized industry standard that defines rules and interfaces in chemical and process systems community, is the only one that has given significant contribution in model reusability and interoperability of Computer-Aided Process Engineering (CAPE) applications or components.”

CO-LaN welcomes this recognition of the impact CAPE-OPEN has made on the interoperability of CAPE software.

Furthermore the authors state that “CAPE-OPEN interfaces, provide the opportunity that process modelling components can be assembled in process modelling environments at runtime and has a well established communication mechanism by which software components can exchange functionality at runtime”.

Indeed Process Modelling Components (PMCs) can be plugged into a Process Modelling Environments (PME), adding to the components available in the generic libraries of the PME, and taking part in a Flowsheet model developed within the PME. When the entire Flowsheet is calculated, the CAPE-OPEN Process Modelling Components (Unit Operations, Property Packages, Numerical Solvers) are accessed seamlessly and deliver their part of the computation.