Apr 25 2002

State Marine Technical University of Saint-Petersburg (SMTU), IBM and Dassault Systemes Open Joint Shipbuilding Competency Center

IBM Product Lifecycle Management to Support Russian Shipbuilding Industry with Shipbuilding Solutions Incorporating Today’s Most Comprehensive, Customizable and Collaborative e-business Solutions

 

Saint-Petersburg (Russia) and Paris (France), April 25, 2002 – The State Marine Technical University of Saint-Petersburg, IBM and Dassault Systemes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced the establishment of a joint Shipbuilding Competency Center, based on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) technologies and practices. <br/>

 

 

IBM PLM solutions, with core applications for product design, engineering and development from Dassault Systemes, help manufacturers of all types innovate, improve quality, and reduce both costs and product development times.  They also enable them to collaborate internally, across geographic boundaries and with suppliers. <br/>

 

 

The main direction of activity of the Shipbuilding Competency Center is implementation of up-to-date IT solutions to support the Russian shipbuilding industry. At the core of the partnership, SMTU, IBM and Dassault Systemes will use the Shipbuilding Competency center to significantly expand use of PLM Shipbuilding solutions, including CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, and SMARTEAM product-development and data-management applications.  These solutions are rapidly becoming a worldwide standard in the shipbuilding industry. <br/>

 

 

The State Marine Technical University of Saint-Petersburg has extensive experience using world class IT solutions. In 2001, SMTU established the Information Technology Institute to provide training for engineers in the field of IT technology.  The Institute has special programs to develop professional skills for specialists in the shipbuilding industry. <br/>

 

 

 

“Today, the Russian shipbuilding industry has a unique opportunity to start the process of large-scale implementation of leading product development solutions from IBM and Dassault Systemes simultaneously with world's leading foreign shipbuilding companies that already use this technology.  It will allow Russia to do away with its technology lag and to occupy a leading position in IT solutions in the world's shipbuilding market.  ?stablishing the PLM Shipbuilding Competency Center will provide the Russian shipbuilding industry with comprehensive support of this process,” said ITI Director, assistant professor of SMTU, Dr Alexey Lipis. <br/>

 

 

Francis Bernard, a Founder of Dassault Systemes and Dassault Systemes Shipbuilding Domain Leader, said: “There are 1 million parts in a nuclear submarine and over 10 Millions parts in an aircraft carrier. In comparison, there are only 100,000 parts in a commercial jet and less than 10,000 parts in an automobile. Powerful tools are needed to manage the immense design data used in the shipbuilding industry and the opportunities to streamline development are quite compelling to these companies.  At Dassault Systemes, we work with top educational institutions and customers to develop new technologies to make shipbuilders more innovative and competitive.”

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The center, strategically located in St Petersburg, near the heart of Russia’s shipbuilding industry, will be a showcase of IBM PLM Shipbuilding Solutions and services, designed to meet the needs of the entire shipbuilding industry.  “This center will insure industry-specific competency of PLM solutions, focusing exclusively on shipbuilding technologies.  Our goal is to build a support facility to accompany shipbuilding customers from Eastern Europe through their e-collaboration projects,“ explained Ed Petrozelli, General Manager, IBM Product Lifecycle Management.  “This agreement represents a new emphasis of IBM’s engagement in the shipbuilding industry.  With partners such as the SMTU, IBM endeavors to provide optimal support of the whole shipbuilding industry in the area of Product Lifecycle Management for the continuous development and enhancement of industry-specific modules required by shipbuilders today.”

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