ACRE Coking & Refractory Engineering Selects Intergraph SmartPlant 3D

World's largest coking and refractory engineering company uses SmartPlant Enterprise suite of solutions to enhance safety, quality and productivity of engineering design

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 8, 2011 — (PRNewswire) — ACRE Coking & Refractory Engineering Consulting Corporation, MCC (ACRE), the world leader in the coking and refractory engineering industry, has selected Intergraph® SmartPlant® 3D as its 3D plant engineering and design solution. ACRE has also chosen other Intergraph solutions from the SmartPlant Enterprise suite, which will be integrated with SmartPlant 3D to enhance the safety, quality and productivity of its projects.

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ACRE sought to implement a much more advanced 3D plant engineering and design solution, featuring leading-edge technology. After a comprehensive evaluation, the company found SmartPlant 3D to be the best available solution on the market, and the perfect match for its requirements. SmartPlant 3D is truly a next-generation solution, with automation capabilities and rule-based technology to significantly improve productivity, and quality of design and engineering. ACRE was also impressed with the ease of use in building 3D models with SmartPlant 3D, in particular piping models, enabling it to build and modify models quickly and accurately.

The company also selected the SmartPlant Enterprise integration platform, and other solutions from the SmartPlant Enterprise suite, including SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant P&ID and SmartPlant Review, to maximize the benefit of SmartPlant 3D in an integrated environment. The implementation of the SmartPlant Enterprise integrated suite of solutions will enable ACRE to ensure the accuracy and consistency of data across different disciplines, while improving efficiency and enhancing collaboration between teams in different geographic locations. ACRE will use SmartPlant 3D and the SmartPlant Enterprise solutions for its coking and refractory engineering projects globally.

"Intergraph SmartPlant 3D, supported by the integrated suite of SmartPlant Enterprise solutions, is an excellent option for us, and has helped us to improve design efficiencies and quality while saving time and costs with less design changes required," said Mr. Yang ZhongYi, vice general manager at ACRE. "We are very satisfied with SmartPlant 3D, and it will be one of our standard 3D plant engineering and design platform, to be implemented for most of our future projects."

Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine president, said, "A growing number of industry leaders are adopting SmartPlant 3D to gain the competitive advantage in today's and tomorrow's market. We are pleased that ACRE, the global leader in the coking and refractory industry, has chosen Intergraph as its technology partner. SmartPlant 3D and the SmartPlant Enterprise suite of solutions are proven to increase engineering efficiencies and deliver productivity gains."

SmartPlant 3D is the world's first and only next-generation 3D plant design solution, employing a breakthrough engineering approach that is focused on rules, relationships and automation. It provides all the capabilities needed to design a plant, and then keeps it as-built throughout its life cycle. This innovative Intergraph solution captures new and existing engineering knowledge so that it can be saved and reused in the future, which is the key to success in today's competitive global economy. SmartPlant 3D is the most advanced and productive 3D plant design solution that effectively enables optimized design, increasing safety, quality and productivity, while shortening project schedules. Companies using SmartPlant 3D typically report a 30 percent improvement in overall engineering design productivity.

The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analysis firm, ranked Intergraph the No. 1 overall engineering design 3D software and process engineering tools (PET) provider worldwide according to its PET Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast through 2013.

About ACRE

ACRE Coking & Refractory Engineering Consulting Corporation, MCC (ACRE), is an international large-scale corporation and subsidiary of China Metallurgical Construction Group (MCC), a world-renowned contractor. ACRE was founded in 1953 and it is the world's largest coking and refractory engineering company. It is an international large-scale corporation that provides engineering technology and general contracting, and capable of conducting turnkey projects, including engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects. ACRE is engaged in engineering technology, including coking, refractory materials, environmental engineering, automation and construction engineering. For more information, visit www.acre.com.cn.

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 to the public safety and security, defense and intelligence, government, transportation, photogrammetry, and utilities and communications industries. Intergraph Government Solutions (IGS) is an independent subsidiary for SG&I's U.S. federal and classified business.

Intergraph is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hexagon AB, (Nordic exchange: HEXA B) and (Swiss exchange: HEXN). For more information, visit www.intergraph.com and www.hexagon.se.

© 2011 Intergraph Corp. All rights reserved. Intergraph and the Intergraph logo are registered trademarks of Intergraph Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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