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Intergraph Process & Building Solutions Announces FrameWorks Plus 7.0; Structural Steel Tool Upgrade Shown at Process & Power 2001 International.

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ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 12, 2001

FrameWorks Plus 7.0 structural steel engineering software is planned for shipment to customers during third quarter, the Process & Building Solutions division of Intergraph Corporation (Nasdaq: INGR) announced today at the Process & Power 2001 International conference. New features in FrameWorks Plus 7.0 include modeling enhancements such as rule-based joints and more drawing features, expanded analysis and data exchange capabilities, extended reporting flexibility and clash envelope improvements. The new features combine to make FrameWorks Plus 7.0 ( a truly global, integrated and more automated engineering environment that meets the requirements of structural specialists worldwide.

FrameWorks Plus 7.0 is available as the structural module of the Intergraph Plant Design System (PDS(TM)) 7.0, announced in a separate press release June 11. A stand alone version is $4200 (U. S. list). FrameWorks Plus 7.0 runs on the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 2000 operating system in addition to Windows NT 4.0 and is compatible with Bentley Systems MicroStation/J.

Rule-Based Joints Improve Modeling Consistency

The intelligent modeling functions of FrameWorks Plus 7.0 include rule-based joints, which provide a template for consistency and adherence to structural engineering standards and accepted practices. Engineers can create and apply rules when connecting members. Rule-based joint features support placement settings by point, key-in and rule when making connections for beam-column vertical braces, beam-vertical chevron braces and beam-horizontal chevron braces.

For increased automation of the engineering process, new drawing features include automatic scaling, text positioning memory, single line setbacks, abbreviated section size and delta top-of-steel annotation. When locating elements, engineers can now filter members based on creation/modification date and time.

Improved Analysis Capabilities

FrameWorks Plus 7.0 features a number of new analysis and integration capabilities that improve the analytical and calculation process and promote completeness and accuracy of data exchange. Section name mapping capability enables users to reduce errors and improve data accuracy when exchanging data with integrated, third-party analysis packages such as STAAD-Pro and GT-STRUDL. Users can apply a new self-weight load case as well as store load cases and combinations in a separate file and write those values to every model in the project to improve consistency and eliminate data re-entry. In addition, engineers can graphically define the load location on a member and can individually select and edit loads.

PDS Material Data Publisher Adapted for Productivity

FrameWorks Plus 7.0 includes Material Data Publisher, which enables users to generate their own material data reports and extract other key data from a set of Oracle tables. Material Data Publisher makes reporting much easier, since users can employ familiar reporting tools within Oracle, Informix, Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft Access to create reports on structural data. The feature also contains material takeoff and coordinate data for linear and solid members and reporting of named group information.

Reduce Downstream Clashes

FrameWorks Plus 7.0 clash envelope improvements help reduce interference later in the structural workflow as well as in downstream tasks such as those involving placement of equipment, piping or electrical raceways. For example, circular holes appear as cylinder-shaped clash envelopes in the model. The improved clash function promotes increased constructiblity, operability and maintainability of plant components.

About FrameWorks Plus 7.0

Intergraph FrameWorks Plus 7.0 engineering software completes the structural design, analysis, fabrication and detailing workflow, making it fully digital to significantly reduce rework in fabrication and detailing. The software supports 3D modeling, drawing, fabrication and detailing of steel beams, columns, braces, cutouts and sleeves as well as concrete slabs and walls. FrameWorks Plus 7.0 exclusively provides combination 2D/3D capabilities with certified interfaces to analysis/design software including GT-STRUDL, LARSA, STAAD-Pro, SAP2000 and RAM Steel. Steel detailing interfaces include CDS, SDS/2, StruCAD and X-steel.

FrameWorks Plus 7.0 produces intelligent models and comprehensive fabrication and detailing data packages. Structural engineers use model data for physical members, accurate material takeoffs and realistic 3D project reviews and can transmit fabrication and detail data to fab shops. SDNF and CIMsteel compliant, FrameWorks Plus 7.0 runs on Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0. ASIC and BCSA steel tables round out the comprehensive library of standard steel section data from 14 countries included with the software.

Announcement Made at Process & Power International Conference

Intergraph Process & Building Solutions announced the product at Process & Power 2001 International, which continues here through Thursday at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. Some 500 customers, prospects, exhibitors and others from around the world are participating in the event. The inaugural conference includes management track and technical sessions as well as keynote and plenary addresses, exhibits, special events and technology previews of Process & Building Solutions software. Sponsored by the Process and Power Client Community (P2C2), the event is underwritten by Process & Building Solutions. See for details.

About Intergraph Process & Building Solutions

With more than 20 years' industry experience as an engineering software provider, Process & Building Solutions is focused on creating, capturing and managing the plant information asset by providing integrated life cycle solutions for the design, construction and operation of process and power plants. Flagship solutions include the SmartPlant(R) and PDS(TM) (Plant Design System) suites and the Notia(TM) plant information management solutions. Process & Building Solutions ( is the acknowledged global leader in the plant creation market (Source: Daratech Inc.). A division of Intergraph Corporation, Process & Building Solutions is headquartered in Huntsville, Ala. USA, employs more than 850 people and does business in more than 60 countries.

Intergraph Corporation common stock trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol: INGR.

Intergraph, the Intergraph logo and FrameWorks are registered trademarks and PDS is a trademark of Intergraph Corporation. Other brands and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. (c) 2001 by Intergraph Corporation.

Software prices, availability, functions, features and specifications subject to change without notice. Any prices quoted are in United States dollars and subject to applicable taxes and international currency exchange rates. This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Certain risks and uncertainties of Intergraph Corporation are discussed in the company's Form 10K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies are available without charge upon written request to Shareholder Relations, Intergraph Corporation, Huntsville, Ala. 35864.


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