HUNTSVILLE, Ala., March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PetroVietnam University (PVU) has joined the Intergraph ® Education Grant Program, selecting SmartMarine ® Enterprise solutions for its curriculum to support Vietnam's offshore oil and gas industry. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081211/DECLOGO) PVU is located in the offshore oil and gas hub of southern Vietnam, and was established to focus on the development of the country's oil and gas industry. The Vietnamese university recognized that it needs to equip its students with the necessary skills and knowledge so that they are ready to apply the tools that employers already use when they join the work force. PVU will provide its students with access to SmartMarine Enterprise solutions, including SmartMarine 3D, SmartPlant ® Review, SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant Electrical, SmartPlant P&ID and SmartSketch ®. Intergraph's ruled-based technology features unique automation capabilities, which was a compelling factor in PVU's decision. In addition, SmartMarine Enterprise is proven in the Vietnamese oil and gas industry, with organizations such as PetroVietnam Marine Shipyard and Vietsovpetro already using Intergraph solutions for the design and construction of offshore facilities. PVU will incorporate the integrated suite of SmartMarine Enterprise solutions into its computer-aided design curriculum for the marine and petroleum course tracks. PVU is the first higher education institution in Vietnam to use SmartMarine 3D and the SmartMarine Enterprise portfolio in its curriculum. "There is a growing need for skilled engineers in Vietnam's vibrant oil and gas industry, and we are committed to using the best tools to educate our students," said Dr. Le Phuoc Hao, associate professor and rector of PVU. "Our participation in Intergraph's Education Grant Program is a major achievement for us, and we can now equip both our lecturers and students with the latest, state-of-the-art technology that is used by major engineering companies and owner operators worldwide. This gives our graduates immense opportunity to secure jobs in the thriving local oil and gas industry." Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine president, said, "Intergraph is the top engineering design solution provider in the global oil and gas industry, and we are pleased to partner with PVU to nurture the next generation of young engineers in Vietnam. With training in SmartMarine Enterprise, PVU graduates will bring expertise in Intergraph's innovative engineering solutions into our clients' businesses, and deliver increased safety, quality and productivity to local offshore oil and gas projects." SmartMarine Enterprise is the world's most advanced, integrated offshore and shipbuilding solution, driving improvements in design efficiency, production schedule, handover and overall life-cycle cost control for enhanced global competitiveness. Intergraph is a world leader in marine structure design and data management, with SmartMarine Enterprise endorsed and used by the world's leading offshore and marine companies, including the most productive shipyard, the top offshore owner operator, the top fabrication yard and the top classification society in the world.