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By Beth Bacheldor

Intergraph Acquires Blue Iron Systems, Inc.

Intergraph Process, Power & Marine, part of Hexagon and a provider of enterprise engineering software to the process, power and marine industries, has announced that it has acquired Blue Iron Systems Inc., a provider of RFID-enabled solutions for material management and tracking for large-scale construction projects, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.

Blue Iron Systems' Ironscan offers RFID and bar-code tagging technologies as part of a fully integrated plug-in for Intergraph's SmartPlant Materials, an integrated life-cycle material and supply chain subcontracting management solution. It provides a common collaboration platform and project workbench for all partners in any engineering, procurement and construction project supply chain. IronScan is a bolt-on application to SmartPlant Materials that gathers material site data. No integration is required between IronScan and SmartPlant Materials, Intergraph reports.

The technology will allow Intergraph's customers—engineering, procurement and construction firms, and owner operators—to track materials in real time, Intergraph reports, directly from the manufacturers' and suppliers' facilities to the construction site, and further into facilities' management and maintenance phases. Ironscan is designed to improve efficiencies in procurement and supply chain management for both project and asset life cycles. The acquisition, Integraph says, reinforces its long-term commitment to its customers and to the marketplace for continually delivering the latest advancements in technology that directly improve and positively impact the bottom line of customers' projects.

Blue Iron Systems brings to Intergraph 15 years of software-engineering experience and 10 years of materials-management experience with large-scale oil and gas projects. Blue Iron's founder and staff have joined Intergraph as part of the acquisition, and will be based in Calgary.

"Blue Iron Systems' Ironscan and its RFID and bar code tagging technology greatly enhances SmartPlant Materials capabilities. This addresses a crucial part of our clients' needs in the procurement and materials/supply chain management aspects of their projects. Ironscan will specifically increase efficiency at receiving sites, material warehouses and fabrication shops with up to 90 percent reduction in material receiving work-hours," said Michael Buss, Intergraph's senior VP, in a prepared statement. "The integrated SmartPlant Materials and Ironscan solution will eliminate waste by not having material left over that was not properly inventoried originally and subsequently repurchased, adding unnecessary cost to projects."

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