The SOAPP team consists of EPRI personnel located in Crowley, Texas and Palo Alto, California, dedicated to the development of future releases of SOAPP software and support of new and existing customers. Resources are supplemented by
highly experienced engineers and project managers in Palo Alto and specialized
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SOAPP (State-of-the-Art Power Plant) software was conceived by Sargent & Lundy
1991 in response to a request-for-proposal from the Electric Power Research Institute
(EPRI) for an advanced software tool for power plant conceptual design and technology
comparison. At the time, a Windows-based software tool with sensitivity to
project-specific conditions was an aggressive goal for desktop computing, but computer
hardware and software were anticipated that could support the robust nature of SOAPP.
Initially, the software development was oriented towards pulverized-coal projects. In
1993, emphasis was placed on gas turbine projects when EPRI advisors envisioned that gas
turbines would provide the majority of new electricity capacity in the next decade and
that utilities and developers would gain major benefits in using such a tool.
EPRI, established in 1973 and headquartered in Palo Alto, California, manages science and
technology for the energy and energy services industry worldwide (www.epri.com). Sargent & Lundy,
based in Chicago, Illinois, has been a global leader
for more than 100 years in professional services for the electric power industry (www.slchicago.com).
In June 1994, SEPRIL Services, LLC, was formed with ownership split equally between EPRI
and Sargent & Lundy to further commercialize the SOAPP product line. The company was
led by Dale Sopocy, Stanley Pace and a Board of Directors from both companies. In 1995,
Sargent & Lundy also formed a separate company, InStep Software LLC (www.instepsw.com)
to provide software programming expertise, complementing the technical engineering
expertise within SEPRIL. In June 1999, EPRI acquired 100% interest in SEPRIL Services, LLC
and changed the name to SOAPP, LLC which became a wholly owned subsidiary of
EPRI. In February 2000, the operations were merged with EPRI, resulting in the
closure of the downtown Chicago office in June 2001. InStep Software LLC,
Chicago, Illinois, continues to
provide software programming services to EPRI in support of SOAPP products
and Sargent & Lundy provides engineering support. EPRI continues to
aggressively develop, distribute and support the SOAPP family of software products through
its own technical personnel and sales force, providing an array of leading-edge
power generation technology products and consulting services to the rapidly evolving
The SOAPP software has been recognized both inside and outside of the power industry for
its pioneering integration of multimedia content and interactive analysis, receiving the Award of Excellence and a Gold Medal
from NewMedia magazines Invision Multimedia Awards. The SOAPP WorkStation also
received an Achievement Award from
the Consulting Engineers Council.
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