Leica Unveils New Leica CloudWorx for AVEVA PDMS Solution for AVEVA’s New Laser Scanning Interface

High-Definition Survey Data Used for 3D Retrofit Design Directly in AVEVA’s VANTAGE PDMS

Houston, TX, May 23, 2005 Following up on a Strategic Collaborative Alliance for developing laser scanning solutions, Leica Geosystems (www.hds.leica-geosystems.com) and AVEVA (LSE:AVV) have jointly announced Leica CloudWorx for AVEVA PDMS.

This new software application integrates with AVEVAs powerful Plant Design Management System (PDMS) to enable AVEVAs many customers to take advantage of Leicas industry-leading point cloud technology directly. Here, users can easily review, clash, measure and modify proposed retrofit designs based on accurate geometry of existing conditions as captured by High-Definition Surveying (a.k.a. laser scanning). The net benefit is better overall project results.

Previously, in order to take advantage of Leica High-Definition Survey (HDS) data, Leica point cloud software and PDMS design models, PDMS users had to apply various import/export tools and data format converters in conjunction with another standalone Leica application, Cyclone software. The new, integrated solution accesses PDMS directly through AVEVA’s new Laser Model Interface. Leica Geosystems is one of the first companies to take advantage of the new, open interface technology from AVEVA.

The first public demonstration of this powerful collaborative application is at the SPAR 2005 conference in Houston, TX, an industry event focused on laser scanning.

Visualize, Manage, and Clash Retrofit Designs with Point Clouds in PDMS
Leica CloudWorx for AVEVA PDMS enables users to effectively visualize, manage, and clash (i.e., check interferences of) proposed retrofit designs created in PDMS with as-built point cloud data in the same PDMS environment.

Users can take advantage of data captured by versatile time-of-flight (TOF) laser scanners and ultra high-speed phase-based laser scanners, including Leica HDS3000, HDS2500, and HDS4500 laser scanners, the industrys most popular, high-accuracy scanners for plant and marine applications.

Intuitive tools in the new application make it easy for users to access and manage laser scan databases with a convenient ScanWorld manager. Visualizing and selecting specific areas of point cloud data to submit to the PDMS interface is also made easy by handy user-defined limit boxes, cut planes, and cloud slices.

In addition to accurate measuring capabilities, users will also enjoy the benefits of clash detection and clash management based on AVEVAs advanced PDMS interference management technology, which includes both a visual display of clashes and a complete list of all clash locations.

Powerful, Versatile Database/Data Centric Foundation
The high performance and versatility of the new, collaborative Leica CloudWorx for AVEVA PDMS solution takes advantage of both the Object Database architecture of Leicas software technology and the data centric foundation of AVEVAs software technology. Together, these integrated foundations enable large point cloud databases as well as large, intelligent 3D models to be handled efficiently in the same user environment.

For further information contact:
Tel (direct) 1-925-790-2317
Tel (central) 1-925-790-2300
Fax 1-925-790-2309
E-mail geoffrey.jacobs@hds.leica-gosystems.com

AVEVA Press Contact for the Americas:
Becky Stevens, Tel. 713 444-6860/Email: becky.stevens@virtualmarketing-pr.com

Corporate Press Contact:
Justin Roux, Tel. +44 122-355-6655/Email: justin.roux@aveva.com

AVEVA Americas Company Contact:
Delores Edwards, AVEVA, Inc., Tel. 713 977-1225/Email delores.edwards@aveva.com

About AVEVA Group plc
AVEVA Group plc is one of the worlds leading engineering IT solutions and services providers to the oil and gas, pulp and paper, power, chemical, pharmaceutical and shipbuilding industries. Formerly known as Cadcentre, the group has a history of groundbreaking innovation that spans five decades. It is one of the worlds fastest growing solutions providers and the founder of most of today’s empirical lifecycle engineering IT practices.

AVEVA Group plc operates globally through three divisions: AVEVA Consulting, AVEVA Managed Services and AVEVA Engineering IT. A fourth division, AVEVA Solutions, is responsible for product development. The groups technology has been integral to the engineering process of industrial plants with a value in excess of US$500 billion for more than 800 clients across the globe, including leading plant owner/operators and engineering contractors such as 3M, Aker Kvaerner, ALSTOM Power, AMEC, BASF, DSME, DuPont, Engineers India Limited, Electricit de France, Foster Wheeler, Framatome, Hitachi, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, KBR, Merck, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Petronas Carigali, Samsung Heavy Industries, Shell, Technip and Uhde.

Headquartered in Cambridge, England, AVEVA Group plc and its operating subsidiaries currently employ 350 staff in 25 offices worldwide, maintaining the consistency of their operation across six continents.

About the HDS Division of Leica Geosystems
The HDS Division of Leica Geosystems, http://www.hds.leica-geosystems.com, is based in San Ramon, California. The division specializes in the development, manufacture and marketing of High-Definition Surveying (also known as 3D laser scanning) systems and software. These products are used for performing as-built, detail, engineering, and topographic surveys for a variety of 2D & 3D mapping and modeling applications in the AEC and other markets. The company was founded in 1993, was acquired in 2001 by Leica Geosystems AG, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary that is the HDS Division of Leica Geosystems AG. The company is a leading hardware and software vendor in this emerging market.

About Leica Geosystems AG
Leica Geosystems AG is a world leader in spatial data acquisition and data handling products (www.leica-geosystems.com). The Swiss-headquartered company (SWX:LGSN on the Swiss Stock Exchange) operates five divisions and has more than 20 sales companies and 200 sales partners worldwide. The main markets that Leica Geosystems serves today are topographic and cadastral surveying, remote sensing, engineering, construction, GIS, mining, building, and industrial measurement markets. Leica Geosystems has the most comprehensive range of systems and solutions for the acquisition, modeling and visual representation of spatial data using a variety of technologies such as lasers, GPS and imaging. The company has deep roots in the surveying systems business, providing customers with reliable, efficient and easy-to-use products based on innovative and leading-edge technologies. Leica Geosystems is also noted for an excellent global distribution network, reliable customer support, and partnerships with other leading companies in surveying, mapping and GIS.