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LogoMotive Selects CONTACT Elements

BREMEN, Germany, June 15, 2022 – The engineering service provider for rail vehicles uses CONTACT Elements to enable end-to-end processes and thus improve collaboration across different departments and systems.

The engineers at LogoMotive also analyze the interaction between the rail vehicle and track.

LogoMotive’s engineers are mechanical experts for rail and special vehicle construction. They convert vehicles, develop and design new ones, modernize and optimize, analyze damage and develop repair concepts, accompany main inspections, carry out tests, and manage approval. LogoMotive offers solutions with substantial added value. This results in rail and special vehicles that combine operating efficiency, safety, and ride comfort.

In order to position itself for the future and quickly react to increasingly complex customer requirements, LogoMotive now uses CONTACT Elements to integrate its various CAD, CAE, and PDM systems on a central platform. In addition to the extensive scalability and intuitive user interface of CONTACT Elements, the flexible licensing system was a decisive factor in LogoMotive’s decision.

The new platform solution provides a consistent database across departments: from sales to engineering and controlling all the way to management. This allows LogoMotive to ensure frictionless interaction of its employees and systems according to the “single source of truth” principle.

As part of a “train the trainer” concept, CONTACT qualifies some LogoMotive employees as key users. After the initial setup, they can independently adapt and update basic components of the CONTACT Elements solution. The full functionality, which includes digital project cost management and simulation data management, is to be implemented by the beginning of 2023.

“For us, CONTACT Elements meets all the requirements for a modern digital workspace,” says Andreas Hofmann, head of design at LogoMotive. “We can react quickly and flexibly to future updates and adaptations to further advance our LogoMotive digital strategy.”

About CONTACT Software

CONTACT is the leading vendor of open standard software and open source pioneer for the product engineering process and the digital transformation. Their products make it easier to organize projects, execute processes reliably and collaborate with others around the world on the basis of virtual product models and their digital twins. Their open technology and Elements platform are ideal for integrating additional IT systems and the Internet of Things to create end-to-end business processes.

Purdue University Names Dr. Mung Chiang Next President

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN, June 14, 2022 – The Purdue Board of Trustees announced its unanimous election of Dr. Mung Chiang, currently the John A. Edwardson Dean of engineering and executive vice president for strategic initiatives, as the university’s next president. Dr. Chiang will replace current president Mitch Daniels effective Jan. 1, 2023. Daniels has served since January 2013.

Mung Chiang

During Chiang’s five years at Purdue, he has led his college to its highest rankings ever, even as it has grown dramatically at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Purdue is currently ranked No. 4 among graduate programs, No. 3 for online programs, and No. 8 for undergraduate education, and is the largest school in the nation’s top 10. Both government and industry-sponsored research funding have set new records, as do the 12 national research centers now housed at the university.

Meanwhile, Chiang has played a central role in establishing new relationships with federal agencies in the national security and economic development sectors, and in recruiting new companies to invest and create jobs in Purdue’s Discovery Park District. He spent 2020 as scientific and technology advisor to the US secretary of state on a prestigious Intergovernmental Personnel Act appointment.

Chiang earned a B.S. (Hons.) in electrical engineering and mathematics, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. He came to Purdue from Princeton University, where in his role as the Arthur LeGrand Professor of Electrical Engineering, he was recognized for a number of innovations in teaching and was the first chairman of Princeton’s Entrepreneurial Council. The holder of 25 patents, he founded three companies and was named New Jersey’s CEO of the Year in 2014. Among many other academic honors, Chiang received the Alan T. Waterman Award in 2013 as the nation’s top scientist under the age of 40 for his excellence in edge computing, internet congestion, cloud and video optimization, and other research areas.  Chiang’s research publications have received over 30,000 citations with an H-index of 81. He has graduated more than 50 Ph.D. students and postdocs, including 24 who have become faculty in research universities. His full biography is attached.

Chiang will lead a transition of his duties as dean, while continuing his strategic initiatives assignment.

Board of Trustees Chairman Michael Berghoff said, “Mung is the ideal choice to lead Purdue into its next ‘giant leap.’ The board could not be more confident in this selection, as we have had the opportunity to observe his performance across a broad range of duties for five years.

“He has displayed not only academic excellence but also administrative acumen, effective relationship-building with academic, governmental, and business partners, and the skills of public communications. He brings the entire package of talents and experience necessary to take our university further forward. It is no surprise that Mung has been offered the presidency of several other schools, and the board is grateful that his loyalty to Purdue kept him here and available as this time of transition arrived.”

Berghoff thanked President Daniels for his service, saying, “The last decade has seen Purdue attain unprecedented levels of national recognition, reflected in record enrollments, academic rankings, and overall reputation.

Statement from Dr. Mung Chiang

“It is the highest and most humbling honor to be selected by the Board of Trustees as the next president of Purdue University: the unique and most remarkable land-grant university in the land of the free. Throughout the past 153 years, and spanning from the Wabash River to the moon, generations of Boilermakers contributed to our state, to our country, and to humanity in immeasurable ways. There is no other place like Purdue.

“And there is no other university leader like ours. President Daniels built Purdue into the most consequential public university in the United States. Under Mitch’s leadership, our university attained the strongest academic reputation, from record-breaking enrollment to all-time-high research excellence, from the Ever True campaign to the transformed campus. Purdue led the country in safely reopening during the pandemic, while its financial foundation is fortified stronger than ever before. But there’s even more. Mitch is also the most innovative president in America: affordability through tuition freeze, 21st century land grant through Purdue Global, and economic growth in Indiana through entrepreneurship and the Discovery Park District in West Lafayette.

“The amazing success of the Daniels’ Decade must continue. While my family and I are blessed with the pride of gold and black, I’m also humbled by a daunting task: ensure the continuity of today’s momentum into the next giant leaps. I’ve had the privilege to be a part of the Purdue team in the past five years, and there’s much more that I need to keep learning, like a student, from each of you. In the next seven months and beyond, my responsibilities start with listening, to students, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors, and state, national and global partners, friends and families of Purdue.

“Neil Armstrong said, ‘Knowledge is fundamental to all human achievement and progress.’ A university gifts a time when lives are lifted by student access and success. My own life was lifted out of scarcity because of education. A university preserves a place for all minds in pursuit of open inquiry. And I’m ever grateful for the honor to serve the talents at our university. As an immigrant living the American dream and as a citizen of the greatest nation in human history, I’m also proud to serve, in higher education as I did in the U.S. State Department, the best hope for freedom and opportunity in the ‘shining city on the hill.’

“Opportunities and challenges are intensifying for American higher education, from modality and value of learning to R&D investment by government and the private sector. We believe the entire Purdue system, across all campuses and all units, will innovate together and excel together: one brick at a time, toward boundless potential in the Boilermaker future.

“Hail Our Purdue!”

Mitch Daniels

Selected significant accomplishments of the Mitch Daniels presidency

  • Frozen tuition for unprecedented 11 years through 2022-23.
    • March 2013: Just seven weeks into his presidency, President Daniels announces a two-year tuition freeze to address rising college costs and concerns over affordability. This marks the first time tuition will not go up since 1976.
  • Launch of bold initiatives and university priorities: Purdue Moves in 2013 and Purdue’s Next Moves in 2021.
  • Acquisition, launch and growth of Purdue University Global.
  • Creation of Purdue Polytechnic High Schools, now three schools strong in Indianapolis and South Bend.
  • Commitment to Freedom of Expression, with Purdue becoming the first public institution of higher education to adopt a free speech policy called the “Chicago principles.”
  • Conception and championship of the growth and expansion of the Discovery Park District at Purdue.
  • New vital partnerships and corporate locations, including Rolls-Royce, Saab, Schweitzer Engineering Labs.
  • Record innovation and commercialization activity, including growth in patents and startups based on Purdue faculty and student research and discovery.
  • Transformation of the State Street corridor.
  • Record growth of fundraising, including incredibly successful Ever True fundraising campaign, raising more than $2.5 billion, and the launch of the Purdue Day of Giving, an annual celebration that has grown and achieved record donors and donations each year since 2014.
  • Yearlong celebration of Purdue’s 150th anniversary.
  • Increased rankings across the board for the university, its colleges and programs.
  • Unprecedented growth of the faculty and the undergraduate student body.
  • Transformative education initiatives, including Degree in Three programs across campus, a Civics Literacy requirement, and assessment of the growth in critical thinking for all students.
  • Expansion of the physical plant, including:
    • Chaney-Hale Hall of Science.
    • Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building.
    • David and Bonnie Brunner Purdue Veterinary Medical Hospital Complex.
    • Wilmeth Active Learning Center.
    • College of Engineering and Purdue Polytechnic Gateway Complex: Dudley Hall and Lambertus Hall.
    • Marc and Sharon Hagle Hall.
    • The Life Sciences Ranges Phenotyping Greenhouse Building.
    • Animal Sciences complex: Creighton Hall of Animal Sciences, the Land O’Lakes Center for Experiential Learning and Purina Pavilion.
    • Zucrow High-Speed Propulsion Lab.
    • Hypersonics and Applied Research Facility.
    • Schleman Hall of Student Services and Stewart Center renovations for student services.
  • Creation of Presidential Lecture Series, bringing to campus prominent guest speakers on policy, leadership, culture and society.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a top public research institution developing practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked in each of the last four years as one of the 10 Most Innovative universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, Purdue delivers world-changing research and out-of-this-world discovery. Committed to hands-on and online, real-world learning, Purdue offers a transformative education to all. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, enabling more students than ever to graduate debt-free. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap at

AVEVA Signs MoU with Kent

LONDON, UK, June 2, 2022 – AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software driving digital transformation and sustainability, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kent, the leading international integrated energy services partner, to mutually explore and design new frameworks for applying digital solutions across the energy industry.

The partnership will allow energy customers around the world to leverage both companies’ strengths to drive their digital transformation and sustainability objectives in innovative ways. Kent will utilize AVEVA’s platform to reinforce its position as a top global energy services firm with enhanced digital offerings. AVEVA will support Kent’s digital design and service offerings so its customers can tap into the power of advanced technologies to fuel their transformation journeys.

The collaboration unlocks new opportunities for innovation in digital asset delivery and unleashes the potential of EPC4.0 and digital twin solutions based on AI, big data, cloud, and immersive technologies. Customers can now tap into the combined strengths of AVEVA and Kent to implement novel and tailored digital solutions and gain comprehensive support across the full lifecycle of an asset. Together, the companies offer a data-centric approach, from speedy asset design to smart construction and unified operations.

Better awareness about the environmental impact of fossil fuels and a global mandate to achieve global net-zero goals have led to increased pressures on industrial enterprises to embrace environmental sustainability. Energy companies are adopting digital technologies to optimize the design, engineering and construction of new projects, increase operational efficiency and safety, and adopt green processes to reduce overall emissions. They are seeking cutting-edge solutions that can leverage data and apply advanced analytics to meet their sustainability objectives and execute capital projects effectively.

The AVEVA and Kent collaboration is well timed to help energy customers address their evolving sustainability targets. Both companies have a proven track record of successfully delivering innovative projects in the energy sector on a continuous basis. Kent has developed deep proficiency in industry processes and plays a key role in creating innovative solutions for efficient project execution, while AVEVA is the leading technology expert housing end-to-end lifecycle tools, platforms and expertise.

Commenting on the collaboration, Peter Herweck, CEO AVEVA, said, “AVEVA spotlights the value digital acceleration brings to industries. Our technology seamlessly delivers the data and insight enterprises need to empower the modern workforce. We help customers become more efficient and sustainable across the lifecycle from engineering to operations, and maximize asset, production and supply chain performance.

“We are excited to start this journey and contribute to shaping the future of our industry by delivering solutions for efficiency and sustainability. Our collaboration with industry leaders such as Kent will support owner operators to achieve sustainable, efficient, modern plants that are fit for purpose in the future.”

“Technology has become the bedrock of transformation in our industry and Kent’s digital innovation capabilities have led us to the forefront of that change,” said Tush Doshi, chief operating officer at Kent. “We look to disrupt this further alongside our like-minded partner AVEVA. This MoU creates room for an even stronger collaboration between two industry-leading companies, enabling Kent and AVEVA to be the ultimate digital solutions partner for clients across the globe.”


AVEVA is a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability. By connecting the power of information and artificial intelligence with human insight, AVEVA enables teams to use their data to unlock new value. They call this Performance Intelligence.  AVEVA’s comprehensive portfolio enables more than 20,000 industrial enterprises to engineer smarter, operate better and drive sustainable efficiency. AVEVA supports customers through a trusted ecosystem that includes 5,500 partners and 5,700 certified developers around the world. The company is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with over 6,500 employees and 90 offices in over 40 countries.

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AVEVA Unified Operations Center for Water, Renewables Announced

LONDON, UK, June 2, 2022 – AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software driving digital transformation and sustainability, has announced two new industry templates for customers to accelerate the deployment of enterprise visualization. The AVEVA Unified Operations Center for Water and AVEVA Unified Operations Center for Renewables solutions underline the company’s continuous efforts in supporting global customers’ sustainability initiatives and objectives.

The adverse effects of climate change are demanding greater industrial sustainability and compelling organizations to reimagine and align operations towards environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks. Recent AVEVA research reveals that 89% of industrial companies are investing in digital solutions to achieve their sustainability goals, with a focus on collaboration tools, real-time data, and predictive analytics.

Digital tools have a significant role to play in today’s dynamic business environment. They offer the potential to drive 20-30% productivity gains and can unlock more than $100 billion in value, according to McKinsey estimates. In addition, digital tools support customers in making the complex decisions required in today’s business environment. Gartner data  shows that 65% of decisions are more complex today than just two years ago. AVEVA’s software for enterprise visualization responds to this growing need.

Contextual information for informed decision-making support

AVEVA Unified Operations Center solutions for water and renewable power enable customers to leverage deep insight and operational guidance from many geographically dispersed assets, delivering enterprise visualization that accelerates their business goals and contributes to their net-zero targets.

Rashesh Mody, senior vice president, Monitoring and Control Business Unit, AVEVA, said, “Our enterprise visualization category offerings will enable ESG strategies for industrial companies and empower them to reduce their carbon footprint through real-time insights. AVEVA Unified Operations Center provides enhanced awareness and guides enterprise users in better understanding their global operations and responding to internal and external events that can promote sustainable outcomes. Depending on the industry, customers can unearth value from their data that was previously inaccessible, by improving visibility at higher decision-making levels, while providing organization-wide context alongside other types of information within a single application.”

Enterprise visualization solutions such as AVEVA Unified Operations Center help teams and users tasked with organization-wide responsibilities. They make content available through a single pane-of-glass environment, where data from Operations Technology (OT), Information Technology (IT), and Engineering Technology (ET) converge to provide actionable information in context for industrial operations.

Frequently deployed as intelligent operations centers, these systems promote greater operational awareness and improved crisis response, integration, and collaboration across functional departments, and enable the sharing of information and coordination of daily activities and processes.

AVEVA Unified Operations Center is unique in offering a centralized view to improve decision making, thanks to established capabilities in collecting, visualizing and analyzing data, and providing action-centric information within a system-of-systems approach. The solution connects people, assets, systems and sites, empowering customers with contextual data to make key decisions.

With the new integrations, companies in the water and renewable power sectors can now enjoy the benefits of integrated and enhanced visibility, enabling deeper insights for quick and accurate decision-making to drive sustainability. The solutions enable increased agility allowing teams to make decisions in parallel to each other, expediting responses to performance events and drive reductions in energy consumption and production through optimization opportunities.


AVEVA is a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability. By connecting the power of information and artificial intelligence with human insight, AVEVA enables teams to use their data to unlock new value. They call this Performance Intelligence.  AVEVA’s comprehensive portfolio enables more than 20,000 industrial enterprises to engineer smarter, operate better and drive sustainable efficiency. AVEVA supports customers through a trusted ecosystem that includes 5,500 partners and 5,700 certified developers around the world. The company is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with over 6,500 employees and 90 offices in over 40 countries.

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