ESI Group's VisualDSS, Decision Support System For Simulation-Based Design

Chicago, July 9, 2007-- ESI Group, a pioneer and world-leading provider of digital simulation software based on the physics of materials, announces VisualDSS, its end-to-end decision support system for CAE. VisualDSS is an open multi-domain environment that enables companies to build and manage simulation models for multi-domain usage. The system automates processes and workflow, manages simulation content and data, and provides knowledge-based decision support and automated reporting. It addresses small, medium and large companies in ESI Group’s traditional markets such as automotive, aerospace, defense, energy, heavy industry, and consumer goods, and is compatible with customers’ present and future best practices.

Manufacturers around the world are improving their use of virtual prototyping. Simulation data volume is increasing considerably, and traceability and easy reuse are becoming crucial. Simulation-based design is aiming to become the way to designing right the first time by orienting decisions early in the product development process. VisualDSS capabilities include unique and patented ways of building and maintaining the bidirectional link between CAD data stored in PLM systems and simulation domains. It allows transferring design and engineering modifications to the extended multi-domain team, thus enabling data traceability throughout the development process and more.

VisualDSS also features a data persistency environment, which gathers the simulation data from the different applications used during the whole simulation lifecycle. It enables the capture, storage, and reuse of the enterprise knowledge and best practices. VisualDSS is based on IBM’s DB2 Content Manager technology that has provided technical and security features developed and proven in other business areas to the market for years. Its service-oriented architecture authorizes flexible enterprise deployment, by integrating easily within the IT and data architecture of every company. It also allows easy linking to standard or corporate databases or PLM systems.

The system improves the effectiveness of business productivity and allows engineers to automate repetitive and cumbersome tasks in their simulation-based design process. Customers can capitalize on, share, and deploy their best practices within their extended ecosystem, taking advantage of the common multi-domain compute model and the openness of the solution to third-party applications.

“VisualDSS is a major breakthrough compared to the existing practices on the market. I’m confident that it will bring a major advantage to our customers in terms of performance improvement, quality and multi-domain simulations implementation,” says Haluk Menderes, executive vice president of ESI Group’s Sales & Marketing Worldwide Operations.

About ESI Group:
ESI Group is a world-leading supplier, and a pioneer of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes that take into account the physics of materials. ESI Group has developed an extensive suite of coherent, industry oriented applications to realistically simulate a product’s behavior during testing, to fine-tune manufacturing processes in accordance with desired product performance, and evaluate the environment’s impact on product performance. ESI Group’s products, which have a proven track record in manufacturing and have been combined in multi-trade value chains, represent a unique collaborative and open virtual engineering solution known as the Virtual Try-Out Space (VTOS), enabling virtual prototypes to be improved in a continuous and collaborative manner. This integrated protocol allows all the company’s solutions to work with each other and with applications developed by independent software vendors. By significantly reducing costs and development lead times and enabling product/process synergies, VTOS solutions offer major competitive advantage by progressively eliminating the need for physical prototypes during product development. The company generated sales of nearly $90 million in 2006, employs more than 600 high-level specialists worldwide covering more than 30 countries. ESI Group is listed in Eurolist compartment C of Euronext Paris. For further information, visit

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