Leica Geosystems announces the release of Leica CloudWorx™ 1.0 for PDMS

Heerbrugg/San Ramon, 27th March 2006 — Leica Geosystems announces at the SPAR2006 conference in Houston, TX the immediate availability of Leica CloudWorx™ 1.0 for PDMS. This powerful and easy-to-learn point cloud solution is designed for PDMS users who want to take full advantage of accurate, laser scan as-built data directly in PDMS.

Leica CloudWorx™ 1.0 for PDMS is the latest addition to the Leica CloudWorx suite of products that enable professionals to use rich, as-built point cloud data directly in their native desktop design and visualization platform. PDMS is part of AVEVA’s VANTAGE Plant Design family.

Key features and capabilities of Leica CloudWorx™ 1.0 for PDMS include:
• Measure – Using PDMS’ own measuring tools
• Automated clash checking – Using PDMS’ built-in clash management and reporting tools
• PDMS Design Point (D-Point) placement  – At “pick point” or “center-of-pipe”, D-Point placement lets users create intelligent as-built models directly in PDMS using catalog components and objects
• Easy point cloud management – By Scan, “Limit Box”, “Cutplane slices and sections”, “Hide Region”
• Supports a variety of laser scanners – Including native data formats from Leica Geosystems scanners, the industry’s most popular scanners
• CloudWorx toolbars – Access CloudWorx operations easily, conveniently, and fast
• Visualize a new design concept directly in context with reality

Beta User, Aker Kvaerner, Reports Major Benefits
Beta user Steve Barnett, Design Systems Coordinator for Aker Kvaerner, Australia, states: “Leica CloudWorx for PDMS is a designer’s delight. The combination of CloudWorx and PDMS has enabled us to bring the plant right into our city offices and to design knowing that things will fit snugly together during construction. By using CloudWorx and PDMS together to navigate a new PDMS design within a Pointcloud of the existing facilities, we have been able to minimise site visits, improve safety, investigate better design options, improve design accuracy and eliminate clashes. The Leica Geosystems software also has some pretty smart routines that give designers the ability to fit new geometry directly onto the point clouds, thus quickly enabling a PDMS as-built model to be created in native format. Aker Kvaerner Australia plans to use Laser Scanning and Leica CloudWorx for PDMS extensively on our future retrofit projects.”
High Accuracy plus High Performance
Leica CloudWorx for PDMS is based on Leica Geosystems’ long proven database-centric Cyclone™ point cloud foundation, which allows users to simultaneously benefit from state-of-the-art spatial accuracy and high performance point cloud management.

Powerful Point Cloud Management & Measurement in PDMS
Leica CloudWorx for PDMS provides several ways to quickly, efficiently, and effectively manage vast amounts of point cloud data.  User named and defined “Cutplane Slices and Half-Space Sections” and/or “Limit Boxes” provide a quick and easy way to navigate point cloud data; these selections can be recalled as needed on demand.  Measurements are taken using familiar PDMS measuring tools.

Automated Point Cloud Clash Detection and Reporting Using PDMS
Clash detecting against point clouds with Leica CloudWorx is performed using PDMS’ own automated clashing and reporting tools.  Users can automatically detect clashes between modeled objects and point clouds, based on a user’s own defined tolerance settings.  All interfering points within a user-defined region are visually highlighted and itemized.

Supports Multiple Scanner Formats
Leica CloudWorx for PDMS lets AVEVA users take advantage of spatial scan data from any laser scanner via industry-standard ASCII-based data formats. In addition, Leica CloudWorx for PDMS directly accepts, without any data format conversion, compact native data formats from the industry’s most popular scanners. These include all models of Leica Geosystems High-Definition Surveying™ (HDS™) time-of-flight and phase-based laser scanners, all Cyra scanners, and selected scanners from other vendors. This capability to accept native formats from the industry’s most popular scanners provides users with even higher overall system efficiencies and simpler workflows.

Capitalizing on the Leica and AVEVA Strategic Collaborative Alliance
“Following on our previously announced Strategic Collaborative Alliance with Leica Geosystems for developing laser scanning solutions, we are delighted with the news of the full commercial release of Leica CloudWorx for PDMS at SPAR2006,” states Neil McPhater, Business Strategy Special Projects Manager at AVEVA. “Beta testing feedback from a number of trial sites worldwide has been excellent and we continue to look forward to a closer relationship between AVEVA – a worldwide leader in engineering IT solutions for the process, power and shipbuilding industries – and Leica Geosystems, who are widely recognized as the leader in the scanning industry.”

Pricing & Availability
Leica CloudWorx 1.0 for PDMS is immediately available from Leica Geosystems. Pricing information is available through appropriate Leica Geosystems representatives and dealers worldwide.

AVEVA Group plc is one of the world’s foremost and fastest-growing lifecycle engineering IT solutions and services providers to the oil and gas, paper and pulp, power, chemical, pharmaceutical and shipbuilding industries. Listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:AVV), the Group reported, for the year ended March 2005, a growth in turnover of 51% over 2004. The Group has grown consistently since 1967 on the strength of pioneering engineering technology that protects the information assets of its customers from the volatile nature of the IT industry.

The Group’s history of innovation spans five decades and has produced most of today’s major engineering IT technologies. Serving over 1500 clients, AVEVA has a dominant position in many market sectors both on and offshore. In May 2004, the Group acquired Tribon Solutions AB, the market-leading shipbuilding solution company and now serves 85% of the world’s top 20 shipbuilders.

The Group’s clients include leading plant owner operators, shipbuilders and engineering contractors such as ALSTOM Power, AMEC, BASF, China Huanqiu Contracting & Engineering Corporation, Daewoo Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), Dalian New Shipbuilding, Du Pont, Electricité de France, Framatome ANP, Halliburton, Hanjin Heavy Industries, Hitachi, Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation, Kvaerner, Merck, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, North-West Electric Power Design Institute, Petronas Carigali, Samsung Engineering, Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, Shell, Sinopec Engineering Incorporation, STX Shipbuilding and Uhde.

Headquartered in Cambridge, England, AVEVA Group plc and its operating subsidiaries currently employ more than 500 staff worldwide with offices in England, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea and the USA.

Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right
With close to 200 years of pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information.

Those who use Leica products every day trust them for their dependability, the value
they deliver, and the superior customer support. Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 2,400 employees in 21 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden.