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March 16, 2009

IBM and DS to support BMW

To create digital design infrastructure

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM and Dassault Systemes have announced that German automaker BMW has deployed a single digital software environment for the design of all BMW engines across its fuel and diesel-powered cars, motorcycles and its newest line of eco-friendly, hybrid cars including a hydrogen-powered vehicle.

According to IBM, with the use of Catia software, a 3D virtual design platform, engineers can consolidate design environments and create a single reference model for the design of all future BMW engines. It is reported that IBM and Dassault PLM experts have helped the automaker to harmonise and consolidate all mechanical design initiatives into a single digital infrastructure that provides the latest technologies to aid in the software simulation, calculation and testing of new engine models.

IBM claims that the use of one digital reference model that can be updated and shared instantly across the globe helps BMW respond to consumer changes prior to signing off on production and shipment plans. The time span required for designing and shipping new cars has reportedly been cut in half through the use of these new digital technologies.

Bruno Latchague, executive vice president of Dassault Systemes, said: We are convinced that the extended deployment of our 3D PLM software across all BMW divisions will deliver quick results for BMW and its customers. BMW can now streamline all its design and product development activities on a single platform that is easy to share with its suppliers. This reflects an important move in times where return on investment is more important than ever.

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