A quick Puma5 update

December 21st, 2016

It’s been quite a while since we last gave you an update about our Puma5 software. Hard work has been going on to improve the system; as usual, we’ve also listened to your requests and enhanced the software accordingly.

In the “Piping class component” form, for example, the ‘Copy to…’ command button has been added; this button is associated with the function that copies components from one piping class to the other. By using the ‘Check’ button, it is possible to check for the existence of the selected components in the destination piping class.

Changes have been made also in the “Component catalog – custom description” form:

  • fields have been positioned on 5 rows;
  • the ‘filters’ form has been added;
  • for the copy function (‘Copy values’ button), the value of the ‘mark’ field can be used as the source of the copy;
  • the ‘Empty values’ function has been added, so it is now possible to set the ‘null’ value for the selected field in the ‘From code’ text box;
  • the ’sign’ field and the ‘Select all’ and ‘Select none’ buttons have been added, so that all the operations are now carried out only on the selected records.

A better visibility, especially for screens in landscape mode, has been given to controls and fields of the “Piping class Components” form:

  • controls that were in the section located under the fields with the diameter intervals have been moved to the right-hand section of the form;
  • the ‘Object Alias’ and ‘Tag filter’ fields have been moved to the right-hand section of the form;
  • the switches that act as filters for the ‘End’, ‘Rating’, ‘Construction’ and ‘Material’ values are on the right of the relevant fields.

Also, in the “PDMS Production Export”, the descriptions written with UNICODE characters are now exported; for example, it is possible to export Arabian, Cirillic, Greek, etc. characters.

New release for ELENA Server and ELENA Web Client

September 6th, 2016

September 6, 2016

ELENA has reached the release No. 01.400.01.00, bringing you something new both for the Server and the Web Client module.

We would like to focus on the new ELENA CX plugin: according to the new CADWORX version, ELENA CX plugin has been updated and made suitable with this new version.

Configuration files ar easier to compile for the user and have mappings enhancements (DataBolted, DataFemale and ValveOperators sheet).

Here below an example of the new mapping:

Moreover, a new optional mapping sheet has been added, in order to give to the user the possibility to enable or  disable some warnings: in this way he/she can ignore the unblocking warnings (in a different way ELENA  would report these warnings).

An example of these warnings are the ones related to the dimensional catalogue, that were introduced in ELENA 01.400.00.00 version.
For more detail about the new mapping sheet, see the image below:

Finally, in case of Elena Direct library use (to launch ELENA directly from PUMA), it has been added a mode with specific features on the server, that enables the elaboration to ignore the presence of a specific project code both in permisisons an builder configuration files, using in the mapping the placeholder “__BYPASS__”, instead of the project code.

In the image below is shown the new workflow:

The user can also use the login function whitout authenticating on the Active Directory. This feature is configurable. For more detail see the What’s new documentation, which is available on our support portal.

Planrs – 16th March 2016

March 18th, 2016

TMS software at PLANRS

March 14th, 2016

Next Wednesday 16th March 2016 CLA will attend the PLANRS event at Hoog Overborch, Moreelsepark, Utrecht. If you’d like to come, get in touch with us as soon as possible and we’ll provide you with an invitation from SPIN so that you’ll be able to listen to the latest news about our TMS software.
The meeting will start on 4pm with three interesting presentations:

  • Future of Progress Statusing using 3D Models
  • TMS – Progress Support Solution for Oracle Primavera P6 and Microsoft Project
  • Progress vs Compliance, are you really ready?

Planrs is a Community of Practice (CoP) for planning professionals.
See you there!

CLA is the new sponsor of SPIN

January 29th, 2016

New year and new projects! CLA is now sponsoring SPIN – Dutch acronym for Dutch Planning & Scheduling Association, an association founded in 2011 to support the professionalization of the discipline of Planning & Scheduling in the Netherlands and far beyond its borders.
Many services are delivered by the association, such as training and education brought to new levels to meet the market’s needs and the introduction of new independent standards, which work together with the existing standards and conventions of this field.
TMS, our software solution which supports the project & planning done by using Oracle Primavera P6 and MS Project, will perfectly integrate into this environment being an essential tool for all professionals.
Stay tuned for some important events taking place in the next months with CLA and SPIN!

CLA at “Planning Oil&Gas plants” university master

December 4th, 2015

The second level university master, “Planning Oil&Gas plants“, has become a pleasant tradition for CLA. The master is promoted by ENI, Tecnomare and ENI corporate university and it is held at Bologna university.

As every year, last week CLA dressed as professor to teach students the “Work flow & tools for Piping Management”. First of all the basic concepts of a piping class were explained, then the components were reviewed in detail (pipes, flanges, type of fittings, valves, gaskets, bolts, type of materials, etc.). This introduction allowed the presentation of our Puma5 (SPC PUMA) and ELENA software and the interaction of both applications to manage ENI’s projects in the piping management and the subsequent generation of the component catalogue.
Many jobs examples were analyzed and this raised interesting questions among the students attending.

Looking forward to seeing you again next year in Bologna!

Meet Spider ‘Reverse’

November 30th, 2015

Spider Reverse is the core of the news for the latest release of Spider, belonging to #Plant version
Starting from a configuration already existing, Spider Reverse allows the automatic generation of configuration files; this function is particularly useful when important modifications need to be applied to the configuration, without using the interactive functions of Spider Configurator.

The whole process for the massive modification of the configuration is performed in three steps:

  • execution of the “reverse” of Spider current configuration to extract Excel configuration files;
  • modification of the files generated at the previous step;
  • loading of modified configuration files, by using the “Loader” function.

Data requested to perform this process are only two: the path to the directory where the ‘Reverse’ folder is located (the configuration files are generated and saved here) and the colour palette to be used for the template colouring (each type of cell will have its own colour).
For more details on Spider Reverse, please check our documentation available for download in our support portal.

New release for TMS

November 27th, 2015

The latest release of TMS ( delivers four main new or improved features.
By clicking the “Progress Continuity Check” menu item TMS exports an Excel file with all the Progress Discontinuities detected in the different Progress Distributions; user can then manually edit the wrong Past Actual Progress for each detected discontinuity.

Another big step forward has been taken towards a deeper integration with Oracle Primavera P6 and Microsoft Project by importing their XML files regarding the Main Weighting Structure and the Schedule Data directly into TMS. Of course, this will save time and prevent errors by defining values only once in your scheduling software and then using them directly in TMS. How to export XML files, how to import them into TMS, the data needed and the different import options are described in detail in the PDF presentation available here.
Lastly, the multiple chart is now available for printing also 3 or 5 charts in the same page, adding a new choice besides the 2, 4 and 6-chart printout.

Have a look at our presentation and see in detail how TMS can help you with a flawless planning!

TMS in the media

November 26th, 2015

Here is the presentation of our TMS software that was published in the September/October issue of ANIMP magazine:

Puma5 upgrades to version 2.9

September 14th, 2015

WARNING: this new release upgrades Puma5 from version 2.x to 2.9; to avoid any problems during the installation, please make sure that you ask for the new database license by opening a ticket on our support portal before running the upgrade (http://support.cla-it.com/).

New Material Take-off attributes, Weight management split by Vendors and a restyling of the Piping class header: this is part of the news coming from the latest release of Puma5 software by CLA. Let’s see in detail.
The new three attributes (take-off erection area, take-off module and take-off package) are created directly from the project structure menu and they are attributes at component level (i.e. each component on an isometric can have different attributes). They can be used while doing a manual input of the Take-Off level 1 and they can also be imported from DRIE (Take-Off level 1 context). These attributes are available while running the Take-Off summaries as “group by” clause and as filters.

Another big improvement regards the Weight management: now you can store the weight table series split by vendor, which guarantees that the correct weight is assigned to the objects, coming from the vendor which supplies these goods. The final result is a weight table linked to each component (with its standard), based on the vendor catalogue. This functionality can be very useful to split the weight for different projects that may have different goods suppliers.

Last but not least, the piping class header form has been revamped: the Service and Note fields can now be edited separately; the field Service has also been extended to 65.000 characters.

As usual, more details can be found by logging into our support portal (http://support.cla-it.com/).
More features are explained by following this link: https://app.box.com/s/6ltgkqivhzeo5xkst9kz2xkvs7z01o7o