ITER Virtually Defines Experimental Fusion Reactor with DELMIA

PARIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—October 15, 2007— Dassault Systemes (DS) (NASDAQ: DASTY) (Paris:DSY), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced today that ITER, the joint international research and development project that aims to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion power, is introducing DELMIA Digital Manufacturing solutions from Dassault Systemes as its process analysis platform. As the project progresses towards construction and building of the reactor in Cadarache in southern France, process definition and validation are becoming more and more important and will be addressed using DELMIA solutions. ITER already uses CATIA and ENOVIA as its PLM engineering platform.

Research is in progress to determine how and if reactor walls can be designed to last long enough to make a commercial power plant economically viable in the presence of the intense neutron flux. Damage can be caused by high energy neutrons knocking atoms out of their normal position in the crystal lattice.

"At this stage of the project, we are introducing DELMIA Digital Manufacturing Solutions to simulate our most critical processes, starting from concept validation of the fusion reactor and extending to its construction, operations and maintenance," explains Eric Martin, head of the ITER design office.

DELMIA Digital Manufacturing Solutions will enable ITER to optimize its construction, operation and maintenance processes. It will thereby reduce downtime and lifetime cost of the facility in addition to increasing operation safety by ensuring that construction, operation and shutdown sequences are fully compliant with the regulatory and safety constraints. By deploying the complete DS PLM solution set (CATIA, ENOVIA, DELMIA), the ITER team will be able to manage the entire project within a single environment, providing accurate, up-to-date information and streamlined processes.

"DELMIA's process planning, assembly, robotic simulation and human task solutions, as well as automatic path planning solutions from our partner KINEO CAM, provide a unique capability to help ITER solve the tremendous challenge of this complex facility," says Bruno Latchague, EVP, PLM Business Transformation, Dassault Systemes. "This is another step in extending our collaboration with ITER into its manufacturing and operations planning."

About ITER

ITER - "the way" in Latin - is the next step from today's experimental studies of plasma physics to tomorrow's electricity-producing fusion power plants. The overall mission of ITER is to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion as a safe energy source. The program is anticipated to last for 30 years - 10 for construction and 20 years of operation. ITER brings together seven funding partners, known as the ITER Parties. These are the European Union (represented by EURATOM), Japan, the People's Republic of China, India, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the USA.


DELMIA is a premier brand of Dassault Systemes for digital manufacturing solutions, focused on two unique software applications that can be used to streamline manufacturing processes. DELMIA Automation provides solutions to digitally design, test and validate the control of a machine, workcell, or entire factory line and DELMIA PLM provides the process and resource capability to enable continuous creation and validation of manufacturing processes as related to the product throughout the entire product lifecycle. DELMIA serves industries where the optimization of manufacturing processes is critical, including automotive, aerospace, fabrication and assembly, electrical and electronics, consumer goods, plant, and shipbuilding sectors. Information about DELMIA is available at

About Dassault Systemes:

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systemes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systemes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systemes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systemes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit

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