UGS Sponsors First PACE 2006 Vehicle Collaboration Project

Teamcenter Product Lifecycle Management Software Provides Collaboration Infrastructure for Global Academic Partners and Corporate Sponsors Involved in Ground-Breaking Initiative

PLANO, Texas, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced its sponsorship of the PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) 2006 Vehicle Collaboration Project. The PACE 2006 Vehicle Collaboration Project is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the corporate and academic sectors to use commercial PLM software to conceptualize and develop a ground-breaking vehicle that provides students with real-world experience in New Product Development and Introduction (NPDI). This is the first global design engineering course with a real-time web collaboration tool used on a common vehicle platform for credit bearing curriculum in several countries.

In cooperation with co-sponsors General Motors (GM), EDS and Sun Microsystems, UGS is providing Teamcenter(R) software, the world's most widely used PLM portfolio, to support the collaboration of 14 universities worldwide on the NPDI initiative.

"We are offering our students a real taste of tomorrow's engineering environment today by providing them with this unique opportunity to learn and experience true multidisciplinary global product design," said Dr. Jan Helge Bohn, associate professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech; and Director, Virginia Tech Computer-Aided Design Laboratory. "We have more than 110 mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and industrial designers engaged across Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, South Korea, Sweden, and the United States (US), all working together with GM designers and engineers using state-of-the-art collaborative design and engineering software and hardware to design a new family of low cost, sporty and fuel efficient vehicles. Truly, we are educating tomorrow's global engineering leaders today!"

Teamcenter provides the engineering process management and collaboration environment to support the PACE 2006 Vehicle Collaboration Project participants around the world. Teamcenter's Web access, along with its Windows-based collaboration environment, supports the innovative processes required by the program.

"Teamcenter simplifies the learning curve of a PLM system for our students by offering a familiar Windows desktop environment," said Dr. C. Greg Jensen, associate professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University. "We have organized collaboration among the 14 universities around the functional areas of the vehicle design. Teamcenter provides a collaborative work environment where we can share component designs and discuss work-in-process in real-time via the internet, without incurring the costly expense of international telephone and travel costs. Without the Teamcenter PLM technology, a project of this scope would be cost-prohibitive in the academic sector."

Project collaboration among the 14 universities, worldwide, has been organized around the functional areas of vehicle design as follows:

     *  Brigham Young University (US) - chassis and coordination of overall
        vehicle assembly;
     *  Hongik University (South Korea) - firewall and floorpan;
     *  ITESM Monterrey (Mexico) - wiper and exhaust systems;
     *  ITESM Toluca (Mexico) - door hinge mechanism;
     *  Monash University (Australia) - roof and ABC pillars;
     *  Shanghau Jio Tong University (China) - brakes;
     *  Universidad Iberoamericano (Mexico) - engine;
     *  University of Trollhattan/Uddevalla (Sweden) - hood and trunk
        substructures;
     *  University of British Columbia (Canada) - steering;
     *  University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) - bumpers;
     *  University of Toronto (Canada) - seat mounts and adjustments, and
        differential;
     *  University of Waterloo (Canada) - suspension; and
     *  Virginia Tech (United States) - transmission and coordination of
        powertrain.

"UGS is a proud sponsor of the PACE 2006 Vehicle Collaboration Project," said Ed Arlin, executive vice president, Global GM and Daimler Chrysler Accounts for UGS. "Together with our partners GM, EDS and Sun Microsystems, we are advancing the education of promising young engineers around the world, transforming the process of innovation in academia, as well as the corporate sector."

About PACE

PACE links GM, EDS, Sun Microsystems and UGS to support strategically selected academic institutions worldwide, to develop the automotive product lifecycle management (PLM) team of the future. PLM, as it relates to PACE, is an integrated, parametrics-based approach to all aspects of a product's life - - from its design inception, through its manufacture, marketing, distribution and maintenance, and finally into recycling, disposal and re- use/sustainability. PACE seeks to integrate parametrics-based applications into the design, engineering and manufacturing curricula of some of the most prestigious institutions around the world. To date, PACE has made contributions totaling more than US$3.8 billion to 34 institutions in the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Mexico, South Korea and Sweden.

For more information about PACE, visit http://www.pacepartners.org , or http://www.ugs.com/partners/goplm/pace.shtml .

About UGS

UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS' vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS' open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation. For more information on UGS products and services, visit http://www.ugs.com .

Note: UGS, Teamcenter and Transforming the process of innovation are trademarks or registered trademarks of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

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