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Boeing’s PLM Implementation Leads Way in Aerospace with Dassault Systèmes’ Solutions


May 22, 2006

Global Collaborative Environment for 787 with V5 PLM: CATIA, ENOVIA, and DELMIA contributing to program accomplishments.

PARIS, — Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions is playing a key role in enabling significant accomplishments for Boeing and its global team of partners. The 787 Dreamliner team, all working within Boeing’s Global Collaborative Environment (GCE), have achieved 25 percent design release on the all-new jetliner. The GCE was initially implemented two years ago with the full-scale implementation of DS’ ENOVIA solution. This continually evolving solution has played a key role in the 787 program achieving the product definition objective.

The 787 is considered the world’s largest current industrialization effort. The total 787 team, including sub-tier contracts, involves companies from around two dozen countries and 135 partner sites around the world. Utilizing the Global Collaboration Environment and the Dassault Systèmes suite of tools, design of the 787 can proceed simultaneously at these sites. Given the scale of the project and the volume of data being exchanged, significant performance and scalability challenges are being met by DS’ V5 architecture and throughout the GCE program.

Engineering and manufacturing an innovative composite airliner required the creation of new PLM technologies to meet efficiency and productivity objectives. In addition, the introduction of digital manufacturing and maintenance with DELMIA technology as a 787 GCE element is a significant aerospace industry breakthrough.

“We have set ambitious goals for the 787 Dreamliner, from technology and integration standpoints. The systems being delivered by Dassault Systèmes will enable us to design, virtually manufacture, and simulate the aircraft lifecycle on a global basis with our partners,” said Mike Bair, vice-president and general manager, 787 Program, Boeing Commercial Aircraft. “The Boeing Collaboration Environment is a key element to the impressive progress our team has made in the last 24 months.”

The GCE illustrates the value of large-scale collaboration on product design, process development and resource simulation, as well as the speed and innovation a company can achieve when using a comprehensive PLM environment such as Dassault Systèmes’ V5.

“Two years ago, we set out to create an industry breakthrough in Virtual Product Life Cycle Management with Boeing for the Global Collaborative Environment (GCE). Today’s accomplishment by the 787 team is strong testimony to the capabilities we have helped to create,” said Bernard Charlès, president & CEO, Dassault Systèmes. “This breakthrough leverages the value of our integrated V5 Platform for CATIA (design), DELMIA (production) and ENOVIA (global collaboration). The 787 program demonstrates the value of true collaboration and the competitive advantage it provides.”

“The 787 project incorporates numerous technological innovations and represents a major advance in aircraft design,” said Bair. “Dassault Systèmes’ solution is not only helping us push the technological envelope, but will allow us to capitalize on the knowledge and IP assets we are creating during this process.

“With teams working in a common environment, the efficiency of collaboration has been taken to a new level,” commented Michel Tellier, vice-president, Industry Solutions, Americas, Dassault Systèmes.


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