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Sciences Inc. (SIMSCI)(sm) Monday announced the release of the PROVISION(tm) Environment, a software library and development toolset for enhancing the ease-of-use and interoperability of process industry software.

PROVISION is a Windows-based software environment for both engineering and business applications. It creates a virtual desktop centered on the most logical view of a process: the process flow diagram A process flow diagram (PFD) is a diagram commonly used in chemical and process engineering to indicate the general flow of plant processes and equipment. The PFD displays the relationship between major  (PFD PFD
abbr.
personal flotation device
), providing engineers and business managers with a common view of their enterprise. From process design to operations management Operations management is an area of business that is concerned with the production of goods and services, and involves the responsibility of ensuring that business operations are efficient and effective. , PROVISION provides a consistent, graphical user interface graphical user interface (GUI)

Computer display format that allows the user to select commands, call up files, start programs, and do other routine tasks by using a mouse to point to pictorial symbols (icons) or lists of menu choices on the screen as opposed to having to
 for mission-critical applications.

Charles R. Harris, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of SIMSCI said, "PROVISION is the first open, standards-based software environment in our industry. It is designed to bridge the information gaps frequently found in the management of global CPI (1) (Characters Per Inch) The measurement of the density of characters per inch on tape or paper. A printer's CPI button switches character pitch.

(2) (Counts Per I
 organizations, and offers the potential to significantly improve productivity. In fact, one of our major clients who implemented PROVISION for process simulation applications reported productivity gains over 250% in key job functions."

The PROVISION Environment provides class libraries and instructions needed to integrate both commercial and legacy software applications into a common, standards-based environment. With a design based on today's software standards, PROVISION offers the flexibility to adapt to emerging industry standards, such as those being developed by the Process Data Exchange Institute (PDXI PDXI Process Data Exchange Institute ) and the PI-STEP standards group.

SIMSCI's vision encompasses Microsoft(r) standards as well as industry standards. PROVISION supports Microsoft's multiple document interface See MDI.

(programming) Multiple Document Interface - (MDI) The ability of an application program to show windows giving views of more than one document at a time.

The opposite is Single Document Interface (SDI).
 (MDI (1) (Multiple Document Interface) A Windows function that allows an application to display and lets the user work with more than one document at the same time. ), enabling users to create multiple views of their process. It also embraces Microsoft's OLE-2 (object linking and embedding See OLE.

(operating system) Object Linking and Embedding - (OLE) A distributed object system and protocol from Microsoft, also used on the Acorn Archimedes. OLE allows an editor to "farm out" part of a document to another editor and then reimport it.
) capabilities with its OLE Automation Layer.

According to Jackson Baker, vice president of Software Engineering, PROVISION is a powerful productivity-enabling tool. Industry experts estimate that process engineers spend 50-70% of their time manually transferring process data from one program to another, a process that is both unproductive and error-prone. Instead of spending time transcribing or re-entering process data, engineers can use PROVISION to seamlessly transfer information from one application to another.

In addition, in-house developed applications become easier to use when integrated with PROVISION. Engineers will spend less time learning how to use their various programs when they standardize on a common user environment.

The PRO/II(r) process simulator is the first program to be interfaced to PROVISION. SIMSCI intends to interface its entire product family to PROVISION including the PROTISS dynamic simulator to be released in December 1995.

SIMSCI is the world's leading supplier of open simulation software and services. SIMSCI serves more than 1,000 clients at 3,500 sites in the oil and gas, chemical, and engineering and construction industries. Corporate headquarters are located in Brea, Calif., with regional offices in Denver, Houston, Newtown Square (Philadelphia), Bombay, Caracas, Dubai, Stockport(UK), and Toyko.

Note To Editors: SIMSCI is a service mark; PROVISION is a trademark; and PRO/II is a registered mark of Simulation Sciences Inc. Windows and Microsoft are trademarks of Microsoft Corp. All other trademarks herein are owned by their respective companies.

CONTRACT: Simulation Sciences

Bryce Betteridge, 714/579-0412
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