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Defense will be a large "customer" for the outcome of standard development, including PDES requirements in its defense system contracts and in its technoloy transfer programs.
Informally called STEP in international standards circles, PDES is an outgrowth of IGES, a 10-year-old industry standard for basic graphic and geometric data exchange.
The result is an optimized conversion capability at a fraction of the cost of IGES or PDES translators.
Kiggans also served as President and CEO of SCRA's ATI affiliate and General Manager of PDES, Inc.
PDES has attracted a considerable amount of interest in recent years.
the International Organization for Standardization; the American National Standards Institute; and PDES Inc.