Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- November 5, 2004

Delmia Announces Academic Partnership With Cal State L.A.

Simulation software to play key role in training students for aerospace and automotive careers

Delmia Corp., a Dassault Systèmes company has entered into an academic partnership with California State University, Los Angeles. The University will receive 20 seats of software as part of Delmia’s Workcell Starter Program to be used in the Department of Technology, largely to prepare students for automotive and aerospace careers.

The Workcell Starter Program will be installed in Cal State L.A.’s Department of Technology where DELMIA’s IGRIP software is already in use in its robotics courses. “The Workcell Starter Program, which includes DELMIA’s V5 DPM Envision Assembly and V5 Human Solutions, greatly extends our simulation capabilities,” says Cal State L.A.’s assistant professor of technology Jai Hong. “It will be the centerpiece of new undergraduate coursework being developed to enhance our students’ abilities to work within the virtual manufacturing environment.”

“Seeing is believing,” says Roy Smolky of Delmia Worldwide Academic Relations, “and when compared to the more mundane world of experimentation and traditional methods of learning, computer simulation gives students a stronger, more intuitive insight into the evaluation of workcells.”

Tradition does play a role in the Cal State L.A. Technology Department’s unique Advanced Manufacturing Lab, a facility that is actually three labs in one. “While the tendency at most institutions is to separate traditional from automated in lab facilities,” continues Hong, “Cal State L.A.’s approach is to combine them in one area. This gives students a clearer understanding of the transition from traditional manufacturing utilizing manual, mechanical machines to an automated approach that incorporates 3D parametric modeling, CATIA, CNC lathes and robots to a digital manufacturing approach using virtual simulation.”

Hong points out that the students aren’t the only beneficiaries of Cal State L.A.’s commitment to simulation technology. From a recruiting standpoint, the university benefits as well since it is able to attract higher quality students from around the world. In addition, local industries are able to hire graduates with hands-on experience, avoiding the time and money involved in training.

In fact, DELMIA software will play a key role in the education partnership between California State University, Los Angeles, and The Boeing Company. “Actively pursuing a Model Based Environment (MBE), where paperless collaboration throughout the product development process is a key goal, Boeing is looking to train a new type of manufacturing engineer who can perform activities such as assembly simulation, determinate assembly design, 3D tooling assessment and geometry-based process planning,” says Virgil Seaman, chair of Cal State L.A.’s Technology Department. “The Boeing C130 program and Boeing Satellite Systems, for example, are adding new mechanical engineers, and students who graduate with an understanding of MBE and the appropriate DELMIA skills will find employment more readily.”

Contact: Carol Selkin, Media Relations Director (323) 343-3044

About Delmia Corp.
Delmia Corp. is the leading provider of lean digital manufacturing solutions, focused mainly on software that can be used to streamline manufacturing processes. DELMIA serves industries where the optimization of manufacturing processes is critical, including automotive, aerospace, fabrication and assembly, electrical and electronics, consumer goods, plant, and shipbuilding sectors. Information about Delmia Corp. is available at http://www.delmia.com.

About Dassault Systèmes
As world leader in PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions, the Dassault Systèmes Group brings value to more than 70,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire life cycle of products from conception to maintenance. Its offering includes integrated PLM solutions for product development (CATIA®, ENOVIA®, DELMIA®, SMARTEAM®), general-use 3D solutions (SolidWorks), and 3D components (ACIS®) from Spatial Corp. Dassault Systèmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com


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