Dassault Systèmes announced today that BMW and DS have signed a strategic 5-year global agreement to meet the automotive market’s new challenges. Through this agreement, the companies will establish a close link between their research & development centers that will improve the DS automotive product offering and the BMW development and production process. Dassault Systèmes software solutions support BMW in core areas for design and manufacturing process planning with CATIA as the backbone for product development.
The necessity to reduce C02 emission levels has forced automotive manufacturers to reshape their business processes to deliver greener cars. Fully embracing the cause of leaving a minimum carbon footprint on the planet, the implementation of the DS solutions will help automakers conceive, analyze, and simulate eco-friendly low-emission vehicles such as the Project I, a new Megacity vehicle, optimized for better performance and low energy consumption.
By consolidating design in a single PLM software platform BMW can tap into “proven design” concepts and re-use them across all product lines achieving time savings in the design and manufacturing of new cars. The single platform also enables all designers, including development partners in the supply chain, to collaborate, which is another factor in streamlining the design process. SIMULIA realistic simulation solutions combined with CATIA further allow BMW to virtually test their vehicle’s real-world performance early in the development cycle which helps improve product quality, while reducing time and cost of physical testing.
The agreement also defines a set of strategic projects where BMW will evaluate possible migration paths that ensure a smooth transition to Dassault Systèmes V6 PLM solutions for all its vehicle development programs.
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