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BECHTEL SOFTWARE INC. ANNOUNCES NEW KNOWLEDGE MODELING TECHNOLOGY

 BECHTEL SOFTWARE INC. ANNOUNCES NEW
 KNOWLEDGE MODELING TECHNOLOGY
 SAN FRANCISCO, July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Bechtel Software Inc. (BSI) has announced the commercial availability of KADS OBJECT(TM), a proprietary methodology for developing knowledge-based systems.
 KADS OBJECT(TM) provides a structured, model-driven approach for developing the logical design of a knowledge-based system and is generic across domains, operating environments, and development tools. The new product delivers a complete, logical model of the system, as well as a direct mapping mechanism from the logical model to an object-oriented design.
 KADS OBJECT(TM) was developed at Bechtel over the last two years by combining the leading knowledge/software design technologies from Europe and the United States. The knowledge modeling technology in the new product is derived from the KADS/Esprit research program in Europe, which is a consortium of private companies and researchers engaged in standardizing methods of cognitive modeling. The object-oriented design element is a unique implementation of KADS, and is based on the current standard OOA/D paradigm.
 According to Dr. Karen Gardner, manager of consulting services for BSI and the principal architect of KADS OBJECT(TM), the KADS modeling approach provided a sound basis from which to develop the methodology.
 "Mapping to objects in the physical design phase became a natural extension and provides an excellent model from which to develop code," she said.
 Through practical application of the methodology on a number of projects, Bechtel has documented consistent cost savings, reduced development time, reduced risk, and facilitated the delivery of superior quality code and documentation. Bechtel Software received Northrop Corp.'s 1991 Supplier Award of Excellence for delivering these benefits in a KADS OBJECT(TM)-based project developed for the U.S. Air Force.
 KADS OBJECT(TM) has been successfully applied in projects as diverse as advanced aircraft manufacturing, insurance underwriting, medical diagnosis, and procurement.
 "KADS OBJECT(TM) provides an alternative to rapid prototyping and other inherently risky ad hoc approaches," added Gardner. "Our methodology should be of great interest to anyone who is contemplating a KBS project, or who has had mixed results in deploying applications."
 BSI is delivering KADS OBJECT(TM) to clients through a combination of formalized training programs and consulting services.
 Bechtel Software is a subsidiary of San Francisco-based Bechtel Corp., one of the world's foremost engineering, construction, and project management organizations. BSI is a leading provider of engineering and project management software, as well as custom-advanced software development, consulting, and training services.
 Through its Advanced Software Group, BSI has completed more than 60 knowledge-based systems projects and delivered more than 30 applications to date. The group also has developed THE EDGE (Expert Document Generation Environment)(TM), a "smart" document generation software system that enables users to automatically assemble and produce "bullet- proof" drafts or final versions of business-critical documents. The systems developed by BSI leverage the use of KADS OBJECT(TM) and other advanced software development tools and are integrated with conventional programs to provide commercial-grade, cost-effective solutions.
 BSI has been in operation since 1987 and has offices at Bechtel's headquarters in San Francisco and in Tokyo.
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