Intergraph Awards $400,000 in Educational Grants to U. S. Institutions

SmartPlant and SmartSketch Software Advance Engineering Education

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., April 20, 2005 – Intergraph Corporation announced that its Process, Power & Marine division has awarded SmartPlant® Review 3D visualization and SmartSketch® precision drafting, drawing and diagramming software with a commercial value of more than $400,000 (U.S.) to Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Penn.; Tri-State University, Angola, Ind., and the Boston Architectural Center, Boston, Mass.

The Educational Grant Program ( awards software to institutions of higher learning and technology worldwide to help students become better qualified graduates with real-world experience in using the most advanced tools for engineering, designing and operating process and power plants and offshore facilities. Since inception in 2004, the program has awarded 15 grants totaling more than $4.7 million (U.S.) in commercial value to educational institutions worldwide.

Software Supports Variety of Engineering Curricula

Under its educational grant valued commercially at $237,440, Pennsylvania State University is using SmartPlant Review in engineering courses augmented by its immersive 3D stereo display facilities ( . John Messner, Ph.D., assistant professor, Architectural Engineering, said, “Intergraph SmartPlant Review will allow Penn State to develop 3D and 4D construction simulation models and view these visualizations within our large, immersive stereo display systems. This will prove valuable in teaching complex design and construction sequencing while familiarizing students with advanced software technology.”

“ Penn State has one of the most advanced immersive display systems facilities,” said Robert Christian, senior manager of Global Business Development - Visualization, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine. “The students understand innovative 3D visualization concepts for constructability analysis and statusing. The university is definitely advancing practical technology education in this area and the Intergraph grant will help Penn State further its visualization program to benefit students and their future employers.”

At Tri-State University, the SmartSketch grant with a commercial value of $76,400 will support courses in engineering design within the mechanical engineering curriculum. Tri-State University (TSU) is a private, nondenominational baccalaureate and master's degree-granting institution. TSU combines rigorous academic study in engineering, education, business and liberal arts and sciences with practical, career-focused training for the real world of work.

Ramiro Bravo, Ph.D., professor, Tri-State University, said, “The Intergraph Educational Grant Program helps Tri-State University to achieve its goal of enabling students to become productive as soon as they enter the work force. Intergraph SmartSketch is a very friendly 2D program that students can start using as freshmen, helping them effectively communicate ideas graphically and become proficient in the use of software tools .”

The Boston Architectural Center plans to use its SmartSketch grant (valued commercially at $86,800) in architectural design courses. Founded in 1889 , the Boston Architectural Center is a private, coeducational institution featuring a predominantly volunteer faculty and concurrent academic and practice curricula. The program enables students to work in architectural-related jobs during the day and attend courses at night.

Grants Bring Advanced Technology to Classroom

The Intergraph Process, Power & Marine Educational Grant Program ( helps build student proficiency and experience in using engineering software. For educational institutions, the program brings advanced technology software to the classroom, expands course offerings at minimal cost and enables instructors to upgrade skills through free commercial training. The program also provides industry with qualified job candidates trained to use the popular Intergraph engineering software. Educational institutions worldwide with engineering and technical curricula associated with the process manufacturing, power generation and offshore petroleum industries are eligible to apply for grants, which have a one-year, renewable term.

Grant recipients under the standard program are eligible to receive SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant P&ID, SmartPlant Electrical and SmartSketch software and maintenance; instructor training; technical installation assistance; and one complimentary registration for the Intergraph Process, Power & Marine APEX industry conference series. A program option includes Intergraph Plant Design System (PDS®), SmartPlant 3D and SmartPlant Review, depending on institution curriculum and expertise. Intergraph awards educational grants nonexclusively, without restriction concerning existing or future installations of software from other vendors, to help widen student educational horizons and broaden school curricula.

Intergraph Software Used in Design, Operations

The Intergraph software ( is widely used in design, construction, operations and maintenance in a variety of industries including onshore and offshore oil and gas, shipbuilding, petrochemicals, power generation, chemicals, metals and mining, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage and others. The most advanced plant design environment available, SmartPlant 3D offers concurrent engineering, real-time clash detection and integration with SmartPlant as well as other software and systems. SmartPlant Instrumentation supports controls system engineering, while SmartPlant P&ID and SmartPlant Electrical support piping and instrumentation and electrical engineering, respectively. PDS is for integrated 3D and 2D plant design and SmartPlant Review is for 3D visualization. SmartSketch provides multidiscipline, precision drafting, drawing and diagramming.


Intergraph Process, Power & Marine: Delivering the SmartPlant Enterprise

Process, Power & Marine (, a division of Intergraph Corporation, helps worldwide clients bring together the people, work processes and advanced software technology to create the SmartPlant Enterprise. The intelligent software and integration of the SmartPlant Enterprise promote profitability, improve operational excellence and manage assets. Innovative SmartPlant technology supports concurrent engineering design, construction and operation for the process manufacturing, power generation, marine oil and gas and commercial shipbuilding markets.

© 2005 Intergraph Corporation. Intergraph, PDS, SmartSketch and SmartPlant are registered trademarks of Intergraph Corporation. Software and services prices, availability, functions, features and specifications subject to change without notice and are subject to United States export control laws and regulations. This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events subject to certain risks and uncertainties of Intergraph Corporation which are discussed in the company’s Form 10K filed with the SEC. Copies available upon request to Shareholder Relations, Intergraph Corporation, Huntsville, Ala. 35894 USA.


Tom Greer


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