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Spatial CAA V5 Adopters Continue To Grow

Spatial Corp., a Dassault Systemes company, announced that it has signed over 30 CAA V5 Adopters, bringing the total number of CAA V5 partners to 70, including the latest, CD-adapco Group UK. Spatial Corp. is a provider of 3D development technologies and the global sales and technical support network for Dassault Systemes' Component Application Architecture version 5 (CAA V5) development platform.

Dassault Systemes' clients use the CAA V5 open architecture to develop internal applications that fulfill specialized business needs and protect their corporate property. In addition, through the CAA V5 Software Community Program, independent software firms can develop applications based on Dassault Systemes' V5 environment that not only supports Dassault Systemes' CATIA, ENOVIA, DELMIA, and SMARTEAM solutions, but also the nearly 200 V5-based PLM applications already delivered through its software partner system. V5 is impressive in the PLM market for the number of specialized PLM products it includes.

Spatial's mission is to increase CAA V5 adoption in the marketplace to establish it as the leading PLMware for developing advanced PLM solutions. CAA V5 has already been adopted by more than 2,600 engineers at Dassault Systemes and its partners worldwide, including a large number of the leading software companies in the manufacturing sector.

"We are pleased to be the most recent addition to the list of Spatial CAA V5 Adopters," said Peter MacDonald, president, CD-adapco Group. "We are planning on developing an analysis add-in for our STAR-CD product that is specific to the CATIA V5 environment, and becoming a Spatial CAA V5 Adopter will allow us to do that quickly and efficiently."

"By becoming a CAA V5 Adopter, we widened the appeal of our Collaboration Gateway to anyone requiring feature-based data exchange with CATIA V5," said Michael Jannery, vice president of marketing for Proficiency, Spatial's first CAA V5 Adopter. "Spatial provides a convenient channel to CAA V5, which contributes to the richness and value of our solution."

"The Adopter initiative presents a simplified path toward development on the CAA V5 platform," said Keith Mountain, vice president of marketing for Spatial. "Adopters receive the benefits of the CAA V5 platform, making them an increasingly important population in the V5 marketplace."

Spatial's CAA V5 Adopters span several subsets of the engineering industry, from analysis and mechanical design to interoperability and production management. For a list of Spatial Adopters and their products, visit

Although continuing to do it relatively quietly, this announcement by Spatial points to the fact that Dassault is doing a lot of things right in the so-called high-end MCAD market with CATIA. Compared with UGS PLM Solutions (who is rumored to be either shopping for a suitor or arranging for an IPO) and PTC (whose marketing machine swings back and forth like a pendulum between Pro/E Wildfire and Windchill), Dassault seems increasingly solid as a company with a definite strategy and direction, not to mention an excellent (albeit somewhat expensive) product line. In this country, by far the biggest two users of CATIA are Boeing and DaimlerChrysler, although Ford Motor Co. seems likely to be
the next big CATIA V5 buy in. With two of the Detroit 3 automakers using CATIA, can GM, as the last holdout, be far behind?

Letters To The Editor

The following note came to as a result of a story and commentary that ran in the March 1, 2004 edition of MCAD Weekly, entitled "Accelerating Loss of Manufacturing Jobs More Serious Than Originally Believed."

Did you hear the news story about the attempt to redefine manufacturing jobs in a new way? The argument presented by (Orin Hatch I believe), was that if manufacturing a car from smaller parts is a manufacturing job then manufacturing a burger from smaller parts is also manufacturing. So if a lot of automotive workers move to burger flipping, there's no net loss in the manufacturing employment data that might look bad…

-- John Dunkelberg
The next note came to us from a reader regarding a recent MCAD Industry Commentary by Dr. Russ Henke and Dr. Jack Horgan. The Commentary can be found at:

Wow! The gist of the "Afterword" ought to be plastered in every newspaper and Website around the USA. It brings home the agony our homeland workers are going thru.

A side note: if you attended the recent National Manufacturing Week ("Design Show") in Chicago, you were given a badgeholder "leash" promoting Microsoft. It was made in CHINA!! So much for rallying for manufacturing.

-- Paula Lambertz, I-DEAS user

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