Modelica supports “open PLM” strategy

By Control Engineering Staff July 13, 2006

Dassault Systems (DS) announces its Catia Systems strategy, which reportedly puts “embedded systems modeling at the heart of the Catia design solution.” The strategy is based on the open Modelica language and is supported by Dassault’s acquisition of Dynasim . Dynasim is a Swedish company that makes Dymola, a Modelica-based modeling and simulation product suite.

The Dymola product suite (Dynamic Modeling Laboratory) provides declarative continuous and discrete, object-oriented, equation-based, multi-engineering modeling and simulation. It is reportedly based on technologies with combined structural, symbolic, and numeric processing.

“The creation of Catia Systems demonstrates DS’ commitment to expand its PLM vision in all sectors which require embedded systems innovation,” says Dominique Florack, executive vice president for strategy and R&D at Dassault. “DS’ strategy is to offer an open V5 embedded systems platform, based on unique mathematical foundations, enabling customers to model, simulate, and manage the lifecycle of 100% of the behavior of their products.”

The chairman of the Modelica Association, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Otter of the German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, says he is “delighted that DS is embracing the Modelica approach and communities. Our strategy is to dramatically expand the worldwide Modelica community, with the help of DS. Eurosyslib, an initiative to generate multi-industry Modelica-based content, illustrates the dynamic of this market and strengthens Modelica as the emerging de facto standard for embedded systems modeling.”

Besides Catia, the Dassault Systems portfolio consists of SolidWorks for 3-D mechanical design, Delmia for virtual production, Simulia for virtual testing, and Enovia for global collaborative lifecycle management.

— Renee Robbins , editorial director, Control Engineering