Linde logoA full-day training course (9 am till 5 pm) was organized by CO-LaN and hosted by Linde Engineering, on October 7th, 2016 in Pullach, Germany. There was no fee for attending this course offered by CO-LaN.

Course objective

Usage of simulation and calculation software (commercial, academic or developed in-house) is common in the process industries. The general evolution of this software leads toward the integration of detailed expertise in dedicated applications of relatively small size.

The requirement for improved interoperability and easier integration of these applications is increasingly important as the engineer wishes to be able to choose the most reliable and relevant elements according to the issues he/she is working on, and to assemble them to create a best-in-class process design.

CAPE-OPEN is the industry standard that defines rules and interfaces that allow applications or software components to interoperate.

The objective of this course is to introduce the main concepts of the CAPE-OPEN standard and to provide software developers with a first insight on how to implement it. The course addresses in particular the specifications common to software objects and domains, as well as the specifications required to access thermodynamic and unit operation calculations.

This course is particularly relevant for the people involved in software development who wish to make their existing codes comply with the CAPE-OPEN standard, in order to allow them to interact with other applications developed in-house, by universities, or by third parties or commercially available.The course is also suitable for CAPE-OPEN newcomers from a strategic point of view. They will get a sound standing insight of the capabilities, prospects and investments with respect to CAPE-OPEN. For the educators and researchers who have interest in simulation, this course will help in understanding the fundamental aspects of CAPE-OPEN technologies that constitute the basis of tomorrow’s calculation tools.

Course outline

  1. CAPE-OPEN Generalities
    Presentation of the goal, scope and history of CAPE-OPEN. A number of methods and tools used throughout the design of CAPE-OPEN standards are explained. The CO-LaN organization is also  briefly described.
  2. CAPE-OPEN Common Specifications
    CAPE-OPEN common specifications are  reviewed in detail. CAPE-OPEN types and constants are listed and each CAPE-OPEN common concept (identification, parameters…) is explained.
  3. CAPE-OPEN Thermodynamic Specifications
    The CAPE-OPEN thermodynamic interface is described. Practical elements (objects, packages, systems…) are provided to help attendees evaluate how to implement the specifications. Finally, available commercial and academic implementations are listed.
  4. CAPE-OPEN Unit Operation Specifications
    CAPE-OPEN unit operation specifications are discussed and illustrated with scenarios and practical examples.
  5. Tools for implementation support
    Different support tools used to help CAPE-OPEN implementation are reviewed, in particular the CAPE-OPEN Logging and Testing Tool (COLTT) and the Type Libraries/Primary Interop Assemblies installers


Logo of the US Environmental Protection AgencyPicture of Bill BARRETT (US EPA representative) in December 2018Bill BARRETT, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Since 2001 Bill has worked with the US Environmental Protection Agency, Sustainable Technology Division on applications of Computer-Aided Process Engineering aimed at improving the environmental performance of chemical processes.Bill is the leader of the Methods & Tools Special Interest Group since it was re-commissioned in 2009. Bill is well known also for having developed a CAPE-OPEN PME and he gave four previous courses on CAPE-OPEN, in Heidelberg (2007), Salt Lake City (2007), Cambridge (2008), and Freising (2009). He was the recipient of the CAPE-OPEN 2008 Award.