Cover of Computer Aided Chemical Engineering volume 25Authors: Iain D. STALKER, Eric S. FRAGA, Aidong YANG, Nikolay D. MEHANDJIEV

Affiliations: Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, Manchester M15 6PB, UK, Centre for Process Systems Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London, WC1E 7JE, UK and Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7HX, UK

Reference: Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, vol. 25, pp 611-616 (2008)

Abstract: “We introduce our vision of Service Oriented Computer-Aided Process Engineering. We consider this an exciting new direction for software applications, which promises increased flexibility and provides a way to leverage the resources of the Grid and the potential of current developments in the Web…”

DOI: 10.1016/S1570-7946(08)80107-1

Comments: the authors advocate the development of service orientation in CAPE. They state that “Initiatives such as CAPE-OPEN ( have done much to promote the interoperability of heterogeneous software components for Computer-Aided Process
Engineering (CAPE). Enthusiastic support of the resulting (interface) specifications by software vendors facilitates a plug-and-play paradigm in which an engineer can take the true “best-in-class” for each component, free of proprietary constraints, to create a (process) simulation which more closely captures his intentions”. They also consider CAPE-OPEN as a building block, providing ” the ready-made architectural descriptions and views.” and that this building block has proved it works.