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The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Evaluates Offshore Platforms with Abaqus FEA


Realistic Simulation Enables ABS to Reduce Physical Testing in the Certification of Offshore Structures

Paris, France, and Providence, R.I., USA – Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), the world’s leading offshore classification society, has selected the analysis capability of Abaqus finite element analysis (FEA) software from SIMULIA to assist in the evaluation of the structural strength of offshore drilling and production units.

Dedicated to promoting the security of life, property and the marine environment, ABS is at the forefront of research and technological innovations in setting standards for the international marine and offshore industry. To further advance its activities, ABS has selected Abaqus Unified FEA solutions from SIMULIA to evaluate the operational performance of offshore jack-up structures.

“Full-scale testing of offshore jack-up rigs is cost and time prohibitive,” stated Jer-Fang Wu, head of the ABS Singapore Offshore Technology Center. “In the energy sector, there is a continuing trend towards larger, more complex projects that demand shorter, more intense design cycles. The realistic simulation capabilities of Abaqus provide a reliable and economical way to evaluate structural standards of engineering designs.”

“The accuracy of structural analysis in order to engineer the safe operation of offshore units is imperative,” states Ken Short, VP Strategy and Marketing, SIMULIA, Dassault Systèmes. “The selection of Abaqus by ABS validates our approach to the development and quality assurance of mission-critical tools for the certification of these structures dedicated to economical and environmentally safe energy exploration.”

ABS selected Abaqus for its powerful nonlinear analysis solution technology, its robust contact formulations and its unique simulation capabilities. Utilizing the soil and concrete material models available in Abaqus, ABS can more easily evaluate the behavior of jack-up rig designs operating in harsh, offshore environments.

About ABS

Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading international classification society devoted to promoting the security of life, property and the marine environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities.

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 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 lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit

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