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Siemens consolidates its industrial software business with acquisition of 3D specialist

02 October 2012

The Siemens Industry Automation Division has announced the expansion of its industry software portfolio with the acquisition of VRcontext International.

VRcontext is a developer of 3D visualisation and training software for displaying complex engineering data in the shipbuilding and plant construction industries. It is hoped that the acquisition will help Siemens to strengthen its position in the industrial software market.

VRContext’s Walkinside 3D visualisation software is in use in plant operation, maintenance and servicing in more than 200 companies in over 30 countries. It is able to directly access all plant information to display the current status of a plant using realistic 3D graphics.

Walkinside is expected to supplement Comos, Siemens’ software solution for holistic plant management, in providing fast access to 3D engineering data from the basic and detail engineering phases. A standard interface links Comos bi-directionally with Walkinside. The geometric elements from a virtual reality model are linked to the latest plant information throughout the entire plant lifecycle. Highly complex plant models can therefore be represented realistically in three-dimensions, with Comos acting as a global data center. This will allow up-to-date plant data to always be available as a 3D model in all lifecycles and can be used for engineering and monitoring purposes, as well as for operation and training.

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