Sidney, Australia, October 1, 2007 - Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, and Re-Engineering Australia (REA) Forum, a not-for-profit working for the future of Australian Industry and all Australians, today announced the signing of an agreement to make CATIA, one of the world’s most advanced 3D engineering design and manufacturing solution, available to high school students across Australia.
“At REA, our vision for Australia is that we become a global leader in design and innovation, a nation that is approached by the biggest companies in the world to assist them with large and complex projects,” explains Paul Bray, general manager of REA Forum. “The only way we can do that is to have the right tools from day one. That is why we have focused our school programs around CATIA. It is the tool of choice in most industries, including automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding, to name a few.”
Whether a student wants to one day design or product jet aircraft, racing cars, speedboats, consumer goods, jewelry, electronic products, sustainable energy technologies or architectural and large structures, CATIA will provide them with a solid foundation.
“This agreement recognizes the outstanding work achieved by REA Forum, not only here in Australia but also in other parts of the world like France. With great foresight and a lot of passion and energy, they have campaigned to place the world’s best 3D technologies into the hands of our next generation, the people who will one day come up with innovative ways to improve our lives whilst reducing impact on the environment,” says Arnaud Decaix, general manager of Asia Pacific South, Dassault Systèmes. “Many other countries are looking to adopt the REA project-based learning approach, including Japan, China, India and Canada.”
The unique offer from DS and REA is available to Australia’s high schools and their students through innovative CATIA User Companion learning solutions. Through a series of multi-media Web-based training packages, teachers and students can master the various modules of CATIA at their own convenience. This enables teachers to focus on managing CAD learning and project work, without having to be a technology expert.