Dassault Systemes expands into product documentation market

Dassault Systemes (DS), a provider of 3D and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, has acquired Seemage, maker of 3D interactive product documentation.
By Control Engineering Staff October 10, 2007

Dassault Systemes (DS), a provider product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, has acquired Seemage, maker of 3D interactive product documentation. “This marks another major step towards our mission to democratize 3D product-related data and exploit 3D as a universal media,” said Bernard Charles, president and CEO, Dassault Systemes. By reusing 3D design information, PLM product-related data, and information from ERP (enterprise resource planning)
Seemage CEO Chris Williams will lead the effort as general manager of 3Dvia Enterprise Solutions, DS’s brand for online 3D lifelike experiences. He said Seemage’s open XML-based architecture integrates easily with enterprise systems and enables users to create compelling 3D-based composite documents directly on the desktop. “This allows companies to leverage their strategic PLM investments and reuse this information for any type or size of product, whether a stereo, coffee machine, or an aircraft,” he added.
Microsoft’s Sanjay Parthasarathy, corporate vice president in the developer and platform evangelism group, added: “Non-engineering users will be able to combine 3D information and data from enterprise systems to create documentation using familiar Microsoft Office on their desktops. This is a result of our strategic choice to base our solutions on open XML standards.”
content authoring of 3D-based documentation available through DS sales channels. DS will immediately provide 3Dvia Seemage existing products to all market segments, and will also provide an interactive 3D enterprise publishing system to target the services and after-sales markets.  
“We are delighted to welcome the team from Seemage– an innovative start-up founded by Eric Piccuezzu and James Dugalais, on board We are extending the usefulness of 3D Product Lifecycle Management to new communities including customer service, technical training, marketing and sales by offering a new class of desktop-based content authoring tools,” said Charles.
—Control Engineering News Desk
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