AFT: An International Leader in Pipe Flow Modeling Software
For 25 years and counting, AFT is, and has been, a recognized international leader in pipe flow modeling software. We work with 40 international distribution partners and serve over 80 countries. Our portfolio of industries and projects is impressive with proven success in helping engineers simulate, analyze and build anything from simple to highly complex systems.
Throughout our 25 years, AFT has worked hand-in-hand with some of the world’s best and brilliant engineers. In 1994, Trey Walters, P.E. laid a solid foundation that AFT has been able to build on. The software tools he initially developed have continuously increased in ability and have allowed engineers to do more with their designs and stretch their projects beyond what they thought was possible.
AFT has taken technology that once had to be outsourced to experts and created tools that an everyday engineer can use to accomplish the same goals.
AFT has had the honor of being a part of innovative projects and providing challenging solutions. With the knowledge that the projects our software is used for are highly proprietary, we take great pride in showcasing a database of case studies which high-profile industries around the globe have shared so we can give others a glimpse into how industries utilize our technology. But we know this is only the tip of the iceberg.
When engineers have issues they have never seen before, AFT has the answer. There is not much we haven’t seen and haven’t been able to fix. That’s because AFT engineers go the extra mile in all directions to ensure efficiency, safety and accuracy.
We have helped engineers design and troubleshoot an array of systems used within the power, aerospace, water/wastewater, chemical, and of course oil & gas industries, just to name a few. Engineers in any industry can use our software for systems ranging from simple models, to highly intense waterhammer/surge or pulsation mitigation.
AFT software tools exist to help engineers in two primary ways:
- Ensure accurate and safe designs to prevent issues and build efficiently.
- Quickly troubleshoot problems so systems can get back to production as quickly and cost-efficiently as possible.
AFT looks forward to many more years of helping engineers who help us as much as we help them. Throughout our 25 years, AFT has befriended engineers who tell us their stores and give us honest feedback on what they need. These conversations do not fall on deaf ears. In our future travels, we hope to meet whoever is reading this so you too can share your stories and challenge us to continue to be an innovative organization.
Thank you for your friendships, your partnerships, and cheers to many more years of innovative engineering.
25 Moments in History
September 14, 1993
Trey left his full-time job and founded AFT in Louisville, Ohio, USA. He operated out of the basement of his home.
January 6, 1994
January 6, 1994
April 12, 1994
AFT Fathom™ 1.0 was released. It was the world’s first graphical pipe flow analysis product for Microsoft Windows.
May 25, 1994
May 25, 1994
AFT welcomes the first Channel Partner, Brian McManus with Pisces Engineering Services located in Glasgow, United Kingdom.
AFT Arrow™ 1.0 was released. It was the world’s first graphical compressible pipe flow analysis product for Microsoft Windows. AFT now had two products and sales tripled.
Vice President of Technology, Jeff Olsen (also a rocket engineer), joined AFT.
AFT moved to Colorado from Ohio – farewell trusty basement! AFT rented an official office space in Woodland Park, Colorado.
AFT Impulse™ 1.0 was released to help engineers simulate waterhammer / surge. It was the world’s first graphical waterhammer analysis product for Microsoft Windows. AFT had orders for AFT Impulse before it was even released.
Tom Glassen, P.E., joined AFT as Vice President of Operations and Business Development. Tom accomplished many things for AFT including formalizing the Support, Upgrade, and Maintenance program to better assist customers.
AFT Mercury™ was released. It was the world’s first commercial pipe system optimization tool which performed automated sizing of entire pipe networks.
AFT Titan™ was released. It was the world’s first commercial compressible flow pipe system optimization tool which performed automated sizing of entire pipe networks.
The AFT Platinum Pipeline Award program was created to recognize companies and engineers who use AFT software. While most engineering projects our software is used on is highly proprietary, this program allowed AFT to provide small glimpses to consumers of how AFT is used.
AFT hosts its first Channel Partner Summit. They discussed AFT business and went skiing in the Colorado Rockies. The summit is still held bi-annually.
Trey and Jeff form Purple Mountain Tech Group™, a sister-company of AFT, to provide consulting support for hydraulic flow modeling.
Hired Software Developer Roger Anderson to combine all our code into a common structure and migrate it to the “.NET” framework. This finished in September 2012 with the release of AFT Fathom™ 8.
AFT releases the Settling Slurry Module (SSL) that can be used with AFT Fathom 7.
AFT moves the headquarters office to our current location in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, about 20 miles (30 km) from Woodland Park.
AFT partners with Archon Engineering to develop Nuclear Verification and Validation packages for AFT software.
AFT adopts new logo, company branding and website.