That's the game of the name: One of the longest established software houses, Moss Systems, is using stand 404 at Civils 98 as a platform for a dramatic announcement. Moss is no more - the name synonymous since the early 1980s with design and surface modelling suites for highways, no longer exists.
The company is still around of course, but it has decided to kill off the famous name. Purchase of Moss Systems 16 months ago by major US software distributor Infrasoft Corporation has triggered the name change. And the newly branded Infrasoft Ltd not only cements the new corporate image but also removes the previous niggling confusion between Moss the company and Moss the product suite.
As a fitting farewell to the old name, Infrasoft Ltd has booked one of the largest stands at the show to create a 'Moss Marketplace'. Ceremonially renaming it the Infrasoft Pavilion, the company has invited along a dozen of its favourite customers and partners - plus a jazz band - to exhibit their own specific wares.
Centre stand in the pavilion will be the latest addition to the extensive MX product family - MXRAIL. Being launched at the exhibition, MXRAIL is, as its name implies, a 3D modelling package for the fast growing rail sector.
Like all MX applications, it will have its own engineer-friendly menu relating to design standards and procedures intuitive to the user. By reducing the learning curve, engineers and technicians are then immediately free to concentrate on their own specific engineering skills.
The design base stored by all MX applications can be accessed from any environment - Windows, AutoCAD or MicroStation - with no need for translation.
Joining Moss in its pavilion are:
Archimedia Application Solutions
Balfour Beatty Railway Projects
Boreham Consulting Engineers
Reid, Bell, Johnson