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ABAQUS Software Adopted by Major Automotive OEM for Crash Simulation; Four-Year Technical Collaboration Signals a Major Technology Shift in Automotive Engineering
[October 25, 2005]

ABAQUS Software Adopted by Major Automotive OEM for Crash Simulation; Four-Year Technical Collaboration Signals a Major Technology Shift in Automotive Engineering


PROVIDENCE, R.I. --(Business Wire)-- Oct. 25, 2005 -- ABAQUS, Inc., a Dassault Systemes' (DS) company (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), announced today that BMW Group has adopted ABAQUS software as the basis for all its vehicle crashworthiness simulation. ABAQUS is the leading provider of software, technology and services for advanced finite element analysis and a key part of SIMULIA, the new DS brand for realistic simulation. The decision comes after an intensive four-year technical collaboration during which the two companies worked together to advance ABAQUS software to meet BMW's requirements for accuracy and robustness.



BMW Group has used ABAQUS software since 1986, beginning with engine development and today encompassing substantial simulation requirements in engine, chassis, and body-in-white design. The capability of ABAQUS to accurately model complex material behavior and to capture the important physical response of automotive components and systems in these applications, combined with the robustness of the software, motivated BMW to begin a formal project in 2001 to investigate using ABAQUS for crashworthiness simulation.

In production use since September 2004, the software has already demonstrated tangible benefits for improving the crash simulation process at BMW. In particular, the software has delivered the improvements in accuracy, robustness and reliability that BMW Group requires. Following the successful achievement of each major milestone, BMW has now adopted ABAQUS software for all crashworthiness simulations and will continue the joint development program.


"This decision is a testament to the close cooperation between the ABAQUS development team and BMW's engineers, and to the progress we have made in improving the predictability of simulation methods for crashworthiness," said Mark Goldstein, Chief Executive Officer of SIMULIA. "We look forward to continuing our work with BMW Group and other customers as ABAQUS software becomes the standard for high-quality simulation within the automotive industry."

Vehicle crashworthiness is a significant regulatory focus for automotive companies. As part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and manages U.S. NCAP (New Car Assessment Program), which performs crash testing and publishes vehicle crash ratings for consumers. In the European Union, EuroNCAP evaluates the crashworthiness and safety performance of vehicles according to guidelines from the European Commission.

About ABAQUS and SIMULIA

Founded in 1978, ABAQUS, Inc. is the world's leading provider of software and services for advanced finite element analysis. The ABAQUS(R) software suite has an unsurpassed reputation for technology, quality and reliability. It has been adopted by major corporations across all engineering disciplines as an integral part of the design process. ABAQUS offers a powerful and complete solution for simple-to-complex linear and nonlinear engineering problems, using the finite element method. A wide range of structural, thermal, dynamic and coupled analyses is supported. The software delivers a unified simulation environment without equal, presenting a compelling alternative to implementations involving multiple products and vendors. In October 2005, ABAQUS became a wholly owned subsidiary of Dassault Systemes, a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. SIMULIA, a Dassault Systemes brand, offers realistic simulation solutions based on an open multiphysics platform allowing a unified approach. SIMULIA will make simulation a natural activity to a wider constituency while delivering increased value and lower cost of ownership for engineering and scientific applications. ABAQUS is a core component of the vision and a basis for the future evolution of SIMULIA.

ABAQUS employs over 525 people worldwide, with headquarters located in Providence, RI, USA, and R&D centers in Providence and in Suresnes, France. ABAQUS has 29 offices for technical support, sales and services, plus a network of distributors in emerging markets. To learn more go to www.abaqus.com.

About Dassault Systemes

As world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, the Dassault Systemes group brings value to more than 80,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systemes 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. Our offering includes integrated PLM solutions for product development (CATIA(R), DELMIA(R), ENOVIA(R), SMARTEAM(R)), mainstream 3D design tools (SolidWorks(R)), and 3D components (Spatial/ACIS(R)). Dassault Systemes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit www.3ds.com

ABAQUS(R) is a registered trademark or trademark of ABAQUS, Inc., in the United States and other countries. SIMULIA is a trademark of Dassault Systemes in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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