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December 19, 2012

AVEVA acquires Global Majic’s simulation software suite


CAMBRIDGE, UK –Aveva announced this week the acquisition of all assets relating to the advanced visualisation and simulation software of Global Majic Software. Global Majic’s web site now redirects to Aveva. According to a press release, this  “strategic acquisition” brings intellectual property that will be used to support Aveva’s growing simulation offering for plant owner/operators.

These simulations are in increased demand, Aveva said, due to the more ready availability of realistic 3D models created by laser scanning, and the company feels this acquisition “brings immediate benefits to Aveva’s laser technology that makes it possible to cost-effectively create as-built 3D models of existing facilities.”

Siemens made a somewhat similar acquisition of VRcontext in October.

According to the release, the Global Majic team will be retained and become part of Aveva’s simulation development program that’s geared toward delivering “world-class 3D interactive virtual environments to our customers.”

Aveva said Global Majic’s “industry-proven simulation products” complement their existing visualisation technology by providing “an immersive environment that enables virtual access to plant facilities for the purposes of inspection, training and maintenance review, minimizing the need to expose staff to on-site hazards.”

“Plant Owner Operators are increasingly looking at software to help innovate, improve safety and generate efficiencies,” said Derek Middlemas, COO and head of enterprise solutions, in a statement. “Our customers have a business imperative to understand every aspect of their operating assets. The GMS software in combination with our own technology will bring a vastly improved simulation experience enabling a reduction in the number of people exposed to hazardous on-site working environments while improving operational efficiency.”

“We have many years’ experience creating high-quality virtual environments for clients who need to safely train and familiarize staff on dangerous or difficult to access sites,” said Gary Hufford, CEO, Global Majic Software, in a statement. “When Aveva first approached us and suggested we join them, we immediately recognised the exciting benefits that we can offer to our joint customers.  We share the same vision about the increasingly important role that virtual environments will play in enhancing asset performance and reducing operational risk and look forward to bringing our products to Aveva’s customers.”

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