Dassault Systèmes Latin America Burgeons Like a Giant Flower

By Elena
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Working with the Latin American team at Dassault Systèmes is like going home again.  Some would say that being raised 100 percent in a Spanish household gives me an “insider track” advantage.   Not quite.   Latin America is a fascinating place but it is not a homogenous region.   For anyone doing business here, these facts are critical to know:

  • In Latin America, there are 35 countries in a region of nearly 500 million people including Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The two predominant languages are Spanish and Portuguese.
  • According to the Market Intelligence Alliance group, “Mexico City and São Paulo in Brazil are two of the largest cities in the world, each with over 20 million inhabitants in their metropolitan areas. This will increase, as 36 percent of the region’s population is below the age of 15 years.”
  • For anyone who thinks Latin Americans speak only Spanish, eat only spicy food (“comida picante” to be accurate) and dance the tango and salsa like ballroom stars, they are in for a big surprise.  (My very own cultural advice.)

So I was quite excited to hear that Dassault Systemes Latin America is led by Marcelo Lemos, president for the region and a man that is no stranger to the company, the industry and the cultural sensitivities needed to navigate in this growing market.

Marcelo’s base is his birthplace of Buenos Aires, Argentina, home to the largest mechanical flower in the world, the Floralis Generica.  Better known as the Steel Flower, Floralis Generica was created by the Buenos Aires born MIT professor and world-known architect, Eduardo Catalano.  The flower weighs 18 tons and is 23 meters high.  Very much the same way airplane wings are designed with CATIA, Lockheed Martin used CATIA to model and test Floralis Generica’s challenging geometrical 6-petal surface.

In a recent visit to the new Dassault Systèmes offices in Buenos Aires, I met with Marcelo to discuss his vision and priorities for the region. Greeted by his friendly and most helpful assistant we sat in his Puerto Madero district office,  a district representing the most successful architectural reconstruction of a port located on the banks of  Rio La Plata.  The entire area has street names and statues dedicated to the role of local women and is marked by a beautiful pedestrian bridge known “El Puente de la Mujer” (A Woman’s Bridge).

Lemos is excited by the recent IDC number updates by Latin America Vice President of Research, Ricardo Villate. In his mid-year forecast, he cites that “Latin America’s Information Technology (IT) growth for the enterprise sector is predicted at 6.6% for this year and this is more than double the expected global average growth of 2.8%.  Villate adds:  “Many new eyes will be focusing their efforts to beginning business in Latin America as well as strengthening their existing business in the region.”

Marcelo points out that DS’ PLM business in the region has grown three times faster than the predicted IDC growth for 2010, and that DS business has grown consistently over the last several years.  The future in Latin America includes continued support for traditional industries such as aerospace, automotive and equipment and machinery, but Lemos is clear:  “ We will turn up the volume on emerging sectors such as energy, consumer product goods, lifesciences and hi-tech.”

From business and cultural perspectives, Dassault Systemes Latin America is well positioned for this plan with offices in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, and partner representation across the region.  Watch the Latin America space for upswing in 2010 and 2011!

In my experience, there are perhaps two common threads across the Latin American region:  1) the colonial past, and, 2) an uncontrolled passion to win the World Cup.  I lived the last one this summer working at Dassault Systemes.  And ironically so, the World Cup winner (Spain) brought some of us back to the past. But we are still very happy they won.

By the way, what do you think about the Steel Flower?

Hasta pronto,


Elena Fernandez is the Dassault Systèmes PR manager for Latin Americas.

Chocapic Virtual Reality Part 2: sneak look

By Kate
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“We must keep the magic cauldron alive!”

This isn’t a quote from the latest Harry Potter novel; it’s the refrain from last May’s National Innovation Directors Meeting.  Enchantment is the essential element to innovation.  You know it, I know it.  And personally I’m tired of people and companies tooting ‘innovation’ where the magic isn’t.

Enchantment is exactly what Mehdi, Benoit, Muriel and Nicolas are aiming for with what I like to call Chocapic Part 2.  This is Not a Cereal Box was just a beginning.  See how the DS magicians have bumped up the concept in this fresh, technology sneak prevue video.

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Many of us were on summer vacation when it hit, or perhaps you were at your computer but aren’t tuned into the French press.  But according to the folks behind the shiny new study “l’Observatoire de l’innovation publicitaire,” aka Advertising Innovation Observations, the above linked Chocapic campaign was one of the top two advertising campaigns in France last year, so says 82 percent of the general public polled.  That’s because of its magic.

The world of advertising is changing thanks to such innovations.  Agencies are trying to catch up and give themselves ‘total makeovers’.  One of the people behind the study, Plan.Net agency Founder and President Olivier Bronner explains,

“Innovation tends to replace the term creativity in the advertising world.  The rise of new technologies has progressively driven a renewal in the language and shape of advertising.”

Advertising agencies, are you ready?  We’re ready.  And my kids who keep bugging me about buying Chocapic are MORE than ready!

Get your scissors, webcam and traditional computer screen ready… or… even your 3D TV(see video bonus section) . . . October will be here sooner than you think!



Verney Yachts Ocean F1: Part 2 (Biz + FSI)

By Tom
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Hello Everyone!

One of the things that interest me most about Verney Yachts is the amount of business acumen and collaboration skills that you must have to be able to drive a project forward. It’s impossible to get a project like this down the slipway without collaborating with other people and organisations.

To that end, Verney Yachts are working with Capvidia, a partner of Dassault Systèmes and now Verney Yachts. Tim has used FlowVision CFD coupled with Abaqus to perform a Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) simulation.

The FSI analysis simulates the above surface aerodynamics of the boat, and is critical to V39-Albatross’ success.  It establishes overall aerodynamic forces and moments acting on the boat with different control inputs. Multiple analyses are conducted all with different boat velocities. This process helps the Verney team tune the control system to minimise control cross coupling and to maximise forward thrust, whilst maintaining roll balance of the overall boat.

Also part of Dassault Systèmes’ Passion for Innovation programme, the Verney Yachts team is using SolidWorks for the structural 3D design and Abaqus for realistic virtual testing. These tools are critical to the on time, low cost design and build of the boat.

As Tim Clarke, lead engineer and founder of Verney Yachts mentions:

“One of the side effects of building a keel for such high speed sailing is that it becomes very sensitive to twisting under load. We’re using Abaqus to tune the carbon fibre composite keel to minimise twisting across the speed range.”

It’s this perfect example of working collaboratively with multiple partners that drives projects like V39-Albatross on to break world records!  Do you agree?

Tune in next week for more on Verney Yachts. I’ll be looking at the project goals and what breaking a world record for speed sailing actually involves!



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