Dymola Libraries in Action:CATIA V6

By Caroline
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Hey there! My name is Caroline Heleu and I’m an intern with the CATIA Product Introduction team.  Over the coming weeks I’ll be sharing some of my top product demo videos and interviews with their makers.  I’d like to begin with Dymola and what I learned by speaking with Fabrice Pinot, one of our systems engineers.

The video by Roberto Licata is about CATIA V6R2011 SYSTEMS New Dymola Libraries

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This is a feature-based video we posted on YouTube to illustrate what the new release of CATIA is bringing. In this example, we are delivering new goodness for systems engineering. It mostly shows the additional libraries that contain behaviors you can apply on your geometry. Thanks to this you can simulate these behaviors in 3D.

Of course you can mix different physical aspects in your 3D.  All this is based on complex mathematical equations; physical phenomena are described using equations to conveniently model complex physical systems containing for example mechanical, electrical, electronic, hydraulic, etc.

What you see in this video is not a simple animation; this is a true simulation, based on these mathematical equations.

We have been able to model an ABS system on one of the 2 SUV’s. You can clearly see in 3D how each SUVs reacts.  The one with ABS simply stops but the other one skids, loses control and rolls over. And the video shows the user modeling and actually “putting” the behaviors on the different part of the breaking system down to the suspension, then simulating these SUVs in a specific environment, here on a slippery road.

I’d like to highlight another point Fabrice made.  Thanks to Dymola, you don’t need to use additional systems engineering software to test scenarios like before.  Staying within the CATIA V6 environment you can do achieve this process.

That’s all folks!


Caroline Heleu is interning with CATIA.

Live @ ENOVIA’s Collaborative Innovation Forum #CIF2010

By Kate
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Something hot is happening at ENOVIA today, and I don’t want you to miss it!  Key PLM customers and innovation bloggers are gathering in Tampa to discuss open innovation, crowdsourcing and the future of PLM. 

Watch the discussions and content unfold before your eyes on this URL featuring live blogging, tweeting, and Web stream.  It’s a digital gold mine for anything related to collaborative innovation.

And even better, jump in with your thoughts and questions!




Gehry, CATIA and SolidWorks Strike Again: 8 Spruce Street

By Al
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This past summer our CEO Bernard Charles and I had the pleasure of seeing our technology in action in New York City. Formerly known as The Beekman Tower, 8 Spruce Street was designed by the world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and is being developed by Forest City Ratner Corporation or FCRC (see the picture of us with the developer, Bruce Ratner). It is a 76 story skyscraper in lower Manhattan.

When 8 Spruce Street opens next year it will be the tallest residential structure in Manhattan, with sweeping 360 degree views of the city and the harbor. The project includes a public school on the lower floors plus offices and residential space above. The luxury apartments in this building will be some of the most exclusive in New York City.

A few weekends ago The New York Times ran an article on the front page of the Real Estate section entitle “New Gehry Tower Prepares for Renters”.

Gehry Technologies’ functional enhancements to CATIA have been used in its design and construction. The dramatic design of Frank Gehry could never had been realized without Dassault Systemes products.

Don’t take my word for it. Hear Frank Gehry talk about it for yourself  here.

The panels, each one unique, were built by Permasteelisa Group using SolidWorks. You can see in one picture that each panel is laid out in sequence to be put in place. Each is bar-coded to ensure its proper placement in the construction. CATIA was also used to place supports in place (see picture) during the construction. Each support must go from the external supporting structure through only windows and not interfere with the on-going structural construction.

At the end of our visit we stood inside a yet unfinished apartment on the 55th floor and talked with Bruce Ratner about our company and what we do. I demoed 3DVIA Mobile and placed a virtual table on the floor. The result is that FCRC is considering the possibly of using 3DVIA to help them market their apartments.

It made me very proud to experience this example of our products in action. This building will be well known by New Yorkers over time for its unique design and  amazing location in lower Manhattan, just a short walk from Wall Street. This was an exciting experience for me, and a living example of the difference that our products make!

If you’d like more details, here’s a good story on the engineering of the building. It includes references to CATIA and to Solidworks. Also discover Digital Project from CATIA.

What do you think?



Al Bunshaft is managing director for Dassault Systèmes Americas.

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