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PDMS (software)

Developer(s) AVEVA
Initial release 1974
Stable release 12.1 SP2 / July 2013 (July 2013)
Operating system Windows
Type CAD
License Proprietary software
Website [1]

PDMS (Plant Design Management System) as it is known in the 3D CAD industry, is a customizable, multi-user and multi-discipline, engineer controlled design software package for engineering, design and construction projects in, but not limited to, offshore and onshore.

The Computer-Aided Design Centre (or CADCentre as it was more commonly referred to, and later formally became) was created in Cambridge, England, UK in 1967 by the UK Ministry of Technology. Its mission was to develop computer-aided design techniques and promote their take-up by British industry. The centre carried out much pioneering CAD research, and many of its early staff members went on to become prominent in the worldwide CAD community, such as brothers Dick Newell and Martin Newell.[1]

Dick Newell oversaw the creation of the Plant Design Management System (PDMS) for 3D process plant design. He later co-founded two software companies – Cambridge Interactive Systems (CIS) which was known for its Medusa 2D/3D CAD system, and Smallworld with its eponymous Smallworld GIS (Geographical Information System). Martin Newell later went to the University of Utah where he did pioneering 3D solid modelling work; he was also one of the progenitors of PostScript.

Subsequently the UK government, via the British Technology Group (BTG) established a separate company, Compeda Ltd, to exploit software developed and owned by the government and they took over the marketing and user support of PDMS, while the software continued to be developed by the CADCentre, with funding from Compeda.

When the UK government decided to privatise (sell) anything that did not need to be government owned, Compeda Ltd was sold to Prime Computer Inc. for a net negative sum of money. Prime Computer decided that PDMS had no commercial value or future and returned the marketing rights for the product to CADCentre.

CADCentre was privatised and in 2001 changed its name to AVEVA.

The latest release, as of July 2013, is AVEVA PDMS 12.1.SP2.18[2]

A plant in PDMS


  • User Groups 1
    • Existing 1.1
    • Defunct 1.2
  • See also 2
  • External links 3
  • References 4

User Groups


Name URL Date Started Members
AVEVA World Forum 2006 17.933
PDMSMacro 2013 NA
PDMSMAX 2008 10
Communauté PDMS 2008 555
Club d'Utilisateur Francophone de PDMS CUF-PDMS 2009 230


Name URL Date Started Date Ended Members
CADarena (closed) 2000 2004 1500
PDMS Forum (closed) 2005 2007.11 NA
Viewpoint Americas ? ? NA

See also

External links

  • AVEVA Group website


  1. ^ "Exploding the Myths of UK Innovation Policy: How ‘Soft Companies’ and R&D Contracts for Customers Drive the Growth of the Hi-Tech Economy". January 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2012.  by David Connell and Jocelyn Probert Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge
  2. ^ "AVEVA PDMS - Full release history". Retrieved 6 July 2013. 

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