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Keppel FELS Selects Intergraph SmartMarine to Model Semisubmersible Drilling Rig


HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Oct. 30 – Intergraph SmartMarine 3D has been chosen by Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS), the global leader in the design, construction and repair of mobile offshore rigs, as its 3D modeling and production solution of choice for its new offshore projects, including its next-generation semisubmersible drilling rig for deployment in Brazil.

Keppel FELS is a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, and it sought to implement a next-generation 3D modeling solution for its projects to support business growth and enhance its leadership position. The company selected SmartMarine 3D and began using Intergraph's solution for a pilot project in 2006. Keppel FELS was impressed with SmartMarine 3D's rule-based design and open architecture, and Intergraph's commitment and dedicated support to ensure the success of the SmartMarine 3D implementation. The company deployed SmartMarine 3D in a global workshare mode among Keppel FELS headquarters in Singapore and its engineering subsidiaries around the world. This allows users from different parts of the world to work and collaborate on the same projects in near real-time, enabling Keppel FELS to optimize its engineering resources and promote concurrent engineering for enhanced safety, quality and productivity.

Today, SmartMarine 3D is the 3D modeling solution of choice for Keppel FELS and is used in the company's new offshore projects to deliver productivity gains. Keppel FELS implemented SmartMarine 3D for the design of a semisubmersible drilling rig for Sete Brasil, which is based on Keppel's proprietary DSS 38E design. This design won Keppel FELS the top honor of "Best of Show" in the 2011 Intergraph Golden Valve Awards. SmartMarine 3D played a significant role in the design enhancement of DSS 38E, recognized as one of the world's most advanced drilling semisubmersibles. This rig will support the exploration of Brazil's estimated 50 billion barrels of deep-sea oil and gas reserves.

"Keppel FELS has been using Intergraph SmartMarine 3D for numerous offshore projects, including the DSS 38E rig for Sete Brasil," said Aziz Merchant, Executive Director (Engineering) of Keppel FELS. "With its rule-based architecture, SmartMarine 3D has enabled us to increase engineering productivity, and optimize design accuracy and quality. We are always looking for innovative ways to improve our processes and create value for our customers."

Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine President, said, "Keppel FELS is a strategic and important customer of ours, and we are pleased that our solutions have delivered continued productivity increases and savings for this progressive industry leader. In choosing SmartMarine 3D as its preferred 3D modeling solution, Keppel FELS has affirmed Intergraph's global leadership as the engineering software standard for the oil and gas industry."

SmartMarine 3D is the world's most advanced offshore and shipbuilding design solution, providing companies with the capabilities they need to gain and maintain an edge in a highly competitive industry. SmartMarine 3D is breakthrough engineering technology that is automated, knowledge- and rule-driven, streamlining marine asset design processes and improving delivery schedules, with increased detail and manufacturing design productivity of up to 30 percent. SmartMarine 3D is endorsed and used by leading offshore and marine companies globally, including the most productive shipyard, the top offshore owner operator, the top fabrication yard and the top classification society in the world.

The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph as the No. 1 overall worldwide provider of engineering design solutions for industry according to its "Engineering Design Tools for Industry and Infrastructure Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast Through 2016."

About Keppel Offshore & Marine

Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited is the global leader in offshore rig design, construction and repair, ship repair and conversion, and specialized shipbuilding. Headquartered in Singapore, it is one of the largest offshore and marine groups in the world, with over 20 yards and offices worldwide. Bringing together the best of its technology expertise and operational experience, Keppel Offshore & Marine partners customers across the world to develop robust solutions, delivering on its promises on time, within budget and without incidents.

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 to make processes and infrastructure better, safer and smarter. The company'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, operation and data management of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially powered solutions, including ERDAS technologies, to the public safety and security, defense and intelligence, government, transportation, photogrammetry, and utilities and communications industries. Intergraph Government Solutions (IGS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intergraph Corporation responsible for the SG&I U.S. federal business.

Intergraph is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B), a leading global provider of design, measurement, and visualization technologies that enable customers to design, measure and position objects, and process and present data.

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