Jan 15 2003

Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Transforms to Digital Shipyard with DELMIA

SHI Invests in Digital Shipbuilding System Development Project to Improve Productivity, Quality, and Cost; DELMIA’s IGRIP and QUEST Solutions to be Used at Core of Project.



Seoul, South Korea - January 15, 2003 - Delmia Corp., a Dassault Systemes company (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) announced today that a joint research consortium, led by the Digital Shipbuilding Innovation Center (DSIC) of Seoul National University, has chosen DELMIA solutions to launch a full-scale research project to develop a digital shipbuilding system for Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd (SHI). DELMIA is the leading three-dimensional product lifecycle management (3D PLM) solutions provider for lean manufacturing processes engineering.

DELMIA’s IGRIP® and QUEST® will be implemented to develop the next-generation digital shipbuilding system integrated with industry best practices. This digital shipbuilding system will simulate and optimize entire shipbuilding lifecycle process in a virtual environment from the initial development stage to the launch.

This project has received attention as a landmark for process innovation in traditional industries. SHI plans to invest a total of US$5million over three years by the end of 2004, and it is expected to make significant contributions to not only increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve quality, but also strengthen the competitiveness of Korean shipbuilding technologies.

Dr. Jong Gye Shin, professor of the Department of Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering at Seoul National University, and head of the DSIC, said:  “The future competitiveness of a shipyard comes from the innovative digitalization of its products, processes, and resources. DELMIA’s digital manufacturing solutions enable us to easily model the complex processes and resources associated with the SHI shipyard. Thanks to SHI’s involvement, this digital shipyard will be very realistic and practical so as to fit SHI’s requirements. Eventually, SHI will operate two shipyards, one physical and the other digital, in Koje.”

“Korea must integrate worldwide leading IT technologies, such as DELMIA solutions, with its unparalleled shipbuilding technologies to solidify its dominant position in the global market,” said Dr. Seong-Yong Han, vice president and head of the R&D center at SHI. “SHI’s goal is to develop an integrated shipbuilding management system with digital simulation which can improve productivity of the shipyard, optimize production line layout, and evaluate production efficiency in practical details.”

“We are extremely honored that SHI has chosen DELMIA’s IGRIP and QUEST as a 3D digital representation tool to simulate the whole shipbuilding process,” said Peter Schmitt, vice president of worldwide marketing and business development at DELMIA Corp. “We are sure that this decision will benefit SHI in significantly improving shipbuilding processes. Moreover, these solutions will also reduce the time to market thanks to synergies from SHI’s industry best practices, combined with DELMIA’s best-in-class digital manufacturing technologies.”

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