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Intergraph(R) Introduces SmartPlant(R) for Life Sciences

Software for pharmaceutical and bio-sciences owner operators helps greatly reduce commissioning and qualification effort, keep the facility in a validated state

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Intergraph(R), the world's leading enterprise engineering software provider, introduced today SmartPlant(R) for Life Sciences, a solution to help cut the cost of construction and qualification/commissioning activities for new pharmaceutical production facilities and reconfigurations, and to reduce maintenance and validation activities.

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SmartPlant for Life Sciences creates and manages the engineering design basis throughout the life cycle of a plant to provide an accurate, single source of data from which to operate and maintain a facility in a compliant, qualified state. The software is tailored to the specialized needs of pharmaceutical and bio-sciences owners that addresses the exacting challenges this industry faces, such as time-to-market, patent windows, stringent FDA regulations and facility audits.

SmartPlant for Life Sciences automates the production of the 3000+ possible commissioning and qualification test protocols and manages their execution through completion, including resolution of deviations. Qualification protocols are generated and may be taken offline for execution in the field (for example on ruggedized tablet PCs or laptops), and uploaded back into the system where the work process continues. The product comes with out-of-the-box, easily customizable workflows which support handover, qualification, and change activities.

SmartPlant for Life Sciences greatly eases a plant manager's ability to respond to spot inspections and audits, allowing them to view all the information available about a tag, item of plant, system, or most anything else including the entire plant, at the revision level current at a given point in time.

SmartPlant for Life Sciences is a standards-based information management system, based on ISO15926, that manages the plant technical design and licensing basis, qualification state, and associated information, through commissioning, over the course of a plant's life and through decommissioning. When interfaced with maintenance management systems such as SAP/PM or IBM Maximo, SmartPlant for Life Sciences saves maintenance planners many hours for every PM or inspection, reducing plant walkdowns by ensuring they have access to the most current information available. When change occurs, the system manages the revision and flow of project information, collates packages and makes them available to all authorized parties, local and remote, and manages the various qualification test activities through completion and handover of the "as-installed" information to operations and maintenance.

SmartPlant for Life Sciences offers benefits for the complete plant life cycle, and is customized for pharmaceutical industry needs such as:

  • Documenting design in compliance with FDA regulators
  • Managing design data and documents over the plant life cycle
  • Modular design issues
  • Procurement and effective materials management
  • Compressed design and construction schedules

In addition, the solution allows users to:

  • Reduce time to market for fast-track projects plus modular and stick-built designs
  • Reduce commissioning and validation effort through work process automation
  • Maximize patent window and minimize time to market by enabling global engineering via 24-hour access to a single source of all up-to-date engineering information
  • Expedite the re-configuration of a plant for the production of different drugs through electronically managed plant configuration management
  • Track and disposition all deviations using best practice electronic work processes

Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power and Marine president, said, "SmartPlant for Life Sciences leverages Intergraph's established industry-leading enterprise solutions for the pharmaceutical industry by supporting the evolving configuration of API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) facilities and manufacturing plants. Building on our enterprise engineering strengths and pharmaceutical production expertise, we have further incorporated engineering work process control and compliance in this product to assist our pharmaceutical customers in reaching the same results we have achieved for our customers in other industries worldwide."

As part of the SmartPlant Enterprise solutions suite, SmartPlant for Life Sciences is the latest addition to Intergraph's comprehensive range of offerings to enable engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms, owner operators, marine and offshore users and now the pharmaceutical industry to increase productivity and accelerate projects. The industry analyst firm ARC Advisory Group ranked Intergraph as the No. 1 overall worldwide leader in engineering design 3D software and process engineering tools (PET) market according to its 2009 PET Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast through 2013.

The introduction of SmartPlant for Life Sciences was made in conjunction with the INTERPHEX 2009 conference in New York City.

SmartPlant for Life Sciences is scheduled for release in third-quarter 2009.

About Intergraph

Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph's industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data into understandable visual representations and actionable intelligence. Intergraph's software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.

Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially-powered solutions to the defense and intelligence, public safety and security, government, transportation, photogrammetry, utilities, and communications industries. For more information, visit

(C) 2009 Intergraph Corp. All rights reserved. Intergraph and the Intergraph logo are registered trademarks of Intergraph Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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