ORACLE TEAM USA Working to Defend Title on New Boat Designed with Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

  ORACLE TEAM USA Working to Defend Title on New Boat Designed with Dassault
  Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

  34th America’s Cup Defender Speeds Design and Testing of its Revolutionary
                                AC72 Catamaran

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SAN FRANCISCO & VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France -- November 07, 2012

Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the 3DEXPERIENCE Company,
world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle
Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that ORACLE TEAM USA, winner of
the 33^rd America’s Cup in 2010 and 34^th America’s Cup defender in September
2013, used its 3DEXPERIENCE platform to bring the team’s AC72 racing catamaran
from concept to reality.

Dassault Systèmes’ innovative 3D software applications boosted ORACLE TEAM
USA’s collaboration throughout the development process, enabling designers to
quickly and easily make changes to the 72-foot racing yacht in order to
optimize and perfect its performance. In addition, Dassault Systèmes’ 3D
modeling application enabled ORACLE TEAM USA to render the entire catamaran
and review it as a whole rather than piece-by-piece.

“After the AC72’s capsize last month, we’ve seen how crucial it is that every
member of our team be involved in reviewing and adjusting the AC72’s design,
sharing their expertise and direct experience to help the catamaran perform
better. This boat’s design is essential to our successful defense of the
America’s Cup and it came through remarkably well,” said Christoph Erbelding,
Structural Design – Senior FEA Analyst, ORACLE TEAM USA. “To enable that
collaborative process we need a strong, reliable solution that allows the
entire team – including sailors and designers – to show the full model in
meetings, zoom in to highlight certain parts, simulate how they would work,
give feedback and make changes in real-time. Dassault Systèmes gives us those
capabilities and we rarely have meetings without its tools on screen. As a
result, we cut our drafting time by almost 50 percent.”

Settling upon the industry’s only integrated composites design, simulation and
manufacturing solution, ORACLE TEAM USA chose Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE
platform applications to design and simulate the boat’s composites layups,
which are critical to optimizing its strength/weight ratio. Every ounce counts
when designing a racing vessel. From riggings to sails, hundreds of individual
parts have to work together properly so that the boat remains fast and light.
Composite materials are increasingly utilized by many industries due to their
beneficial properties and the ability to tailor their response as needed.

3D virtual design also allowed ORACLE TEAM USA to virtually test every aspect
of the AC72’s design before committing real-world resources to building it.
This ensures that better decisions are made and that the development process
and associated feedback cycles are fast and efficient – and can influence
design earlier in the development cycle. 3D models and simulation help the
boat’s crew quickly and easily review designs in a realistic virtual
environment, allowing them to see if there are items that need to be moved or
reworked, or if sightlines need to be adjusted. All this is done before the
boat hits the water. Using digital manikins to simulate how team members would
interact while they manned the boat also saves time that can be used to
further refine the design.

“The move from a four-year America’s Cup cycle to a three-year cycle put a
great deal of pressure on ORACLE TEAM USA – pressure to design the racing
catamaran quickly, efficiently and accurately,” said Monica Menghini,
Executive Vice President, Industry and Marketing, Dassault Systèmes. “With
this added pressure and compact schedule, ORACLE TEAM USA needed our
3DEXPERIENCE platform to establish global unified collaboration, shorten the
design and development phase and simulate key occurrences in a virtual world.
These types of marine and offshore industry experiences, delivered to leaders
such as ORACLE TEAM USA, illustrate Dassault Systèmes’ continuing commitment
to the marine and offshore industry.”

To see a video of the AC72 in action during its first trials in San Francisco
Bay, visit:


When ORACLE TEAM USA won the 33^rd America’s Cup in February 2010, not only
did team owner Larry Ellison succeed in his goal of bringing the America’s Cup
"home" to the United States, but his team became the 34^th America’s Cup
Defender. Led by CEO Russell Coutts and skipper Jimmy Spithill, ORACLE TEAM
USA is comprised of the best international sailing, design, build and support
talent to defend the trophy on San Francisco Bay in 2013. For more
information, please visit:

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