CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 12, 2007— U.K.-based UWG, Ltd. is using SolidWorks(R) 3D CAD and COSMOS(R) design analysis software to develop equipment that makes oil drilling around the world safer and more efficient. UWG has standardized on SolidWorks and COSMOSWorks(R) to reduce product development time and deliver cost effective products and technical solutions to such global powerhouses as BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron and Shell.
A subsidiary of the Acteon Group, UWG designs and installs minimum
facilities platforms, structural centralizers (which hold pipelines in
place on a production platform), sub-sea structures, sub-sea cameras,
and performs tiebacks engineering for connecting wells from the seabed
to a platform. The company had been using a combination of 2D and 3D
CAD programs before standardizing on SolidWorks. Together, companies
in the Acteon Group have 25 licenses of SolidWorks.
"We needed to get designs and products out the door faster, and we
needed to reduce the cost for quoting and delivering these to our
clients," said UWG Design Team Leader Matthew White. "We often had to
recreate models in our previous analysis software, which took time,
introduced errors, and frustrated us as we tried to finish designs on
deadline. SolidWorks' integration with COSMOSWorks eliminated those
challenges so we can focus on the project, not managing CAD software."
That integration has played a crucial role as UWG recently
designed customized small minimum facilities platforms, drilling
templates and centralizers for its clients. Precision is a must as
platforms in the North Sea and around the world can be rocked by
vicious weather patterns, violent seas, and powerful currents. The
centralizers have to hold the pipeline in place without allowing it to
bang into the platform or shake free anywhere above or below the ocean
Using SolidWorks software's design tables, engineers cut
development time for the 80-square meter platform from one week using
2D to two days. They then used COSMOSWorks to study how the structure
would stand up to gale force winds and shifting seas to ensure clients
wouldn't lose production time or money because of a structural
"SolidWorks and COSMOSWorks give us confidence in the accuracy of
our designs, so we know our designs and products will deliver on our
promises," said UWG IT Manager John Rainbow. "That's how we continue
to design better products and strengthen our reputations in an
extremely competitive industry."
UWG uses eDrawings(R) e-mail-enabled design communication tool to
share designs with clients, as well as with internal procurement staff
so they know exactly what parts they are purchasing at what price.
SolidWorks PDMWorks(R) product data management (PDM) platform allows
UWG to manage all of the design data it generates while enabling
engineers to safely store, track, and work on designs concurrently.
"There is no margin for error for workers on an oil rig in a storm
at sea," said SolidWorks' Executive Vice President of Europe Michel
Gros. "UWG's products make sure some of the biggest petroleum
companies in the world retain structural integrity under the harshest
UWG relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller Innova Systems for
ongoing software training, implementation, and support.
About UWG, Ltd.
UWG, an Acteon company, is an industry leader in creative
engineering solutions in the seabed-to-surface domain. UWG has built
its capabilities around top-class competency in structural analysis
and delivers timely, creative and cost-effective solutions in five
critical areas: pre-drilling, conductor integrity, minimum facilities
structures, pipeline commissioning and subsea visualization and
inspection. For more information, visit the Web site
About Innova Systems
Innova Systems helps customers develop better products faster and
more affordably using SolidWorks software. Based in Cambridge, U.K.,
Innova provides customers with certified SolidWorks training, support,
and consulting services together with a broad range of SolidWorks
partner products to address applications such as manufacturing and
design automation. For more information, please visit
About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq:
Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software
for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading
supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing
software that helps them design better products. For the latest news,
information, or an online demonstration, visit the company's Web site
(www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America,
SolidWorks, eDrawings, and PDMWorks are registered trademarks of
SolidWorks Corporation. COSMOS and COSMOSWorks are registered
trademarks of Structural Research & Analysis Corporation. Other brand
and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright
(c) 2007 SolidWorks Corporation.
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