SOURCE: IBM

May 12, 2005 02:00 ET

Farnham & Pfile Boosts Competitiveness With PLM Solutions From IBM and Dassault Systèmes

Engineering Firm for Power Industry Minimizes Design Errors and Cuts Supplier Costs by 30% With CATIA V5 and ENOVIA

BELLE VERNON, PA and PARIS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 12, 2005 -- IBM and Dassault Systèmes (NASDAQ: DASTY) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced that Farnham & Pfile, a turnkey engineering and contracting company that specializes in complex coal and power industry plant projects, now relies on their Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions to streamline the design, operation and construction of high-capacity coal processing plants, thus achieving concrete business benefits.

Using CATIA V5 and ENOVIA, both IBM PLM solutions developed by Dassault Systèmes, engineers at Farnham & Pfile are now able to design and build a coal-processing plant very differently than they would have a decade ago. Using the virtual design review capabilities of ENOVIA, before a project physically commences, engineers and clients are able to meet at regular intervals and interact inside a perfect 3D rendering. With the virtual product design capabilities of CATIA V5 and the product data management applications of ENOVIA, Farnham & Pfile can now collaborate better with partners and resolve potential problems in complex projects up front, more quickly and effectively.

Process plant design and construction represent multimillion-dollar investments. Like new-product developments, plants have a lifecycle. CATIA V5 and ENOVIA enable Farnham & Pfile and its customers to leverage their investments to reduce costs and maximize efficiencies all along the lifecycle of the plant, from design to maintenance and upgrades of existing plants. For Farnham & Pfile, the inherent efficiencies of an ENOVIA/CATIA 3D PLM environment have had a big impact on the Company's ability to attract and retain clients.

"The $300,000 investment we made in CATIA and ENOVIA virtual product design and product data management applications has helped this company repeatedly compete for and win big design contracts," said Tom Porterfield, vice president of operations, Farnham & Pfile. "ENOVIA helps us nail the design with few mistakes and reduce supplier costs by 30%. The potential to correct mistakes early in the process can definitely save us and our clients money and time."

"Like many of its industrial equipment suppliers who have been using IBM PLM solutions, Farnham & Pfile has entered a new world of extended enterprise collaboration and value chain integration incomparable to the past," said Walter Donaldson, vice president, IBM PLM Americas. "We are very excited about helping them pioneer this breakthrough business model from which they are already reaping concrete business benefits."

"Farnham & Pfile's use of CATIA and ENOVIA illustrates the tremendous impact that our PLM solutions can have on an enterprise of any size and industry," said Joel Lemke, CEO, Enovia Corp. and general manager, PLM Americas, Dassault Systèmes. "In addition to driving innovative operational processes internally, Farnham & Pfile is also extending these innovative processes to its suppliers and partners. By increasing the number of engineers and suppliers using CATIA V5 and ENOVIA, Farnham & Pfile will continue to see increased benefits and cost savings from its PLM investment."

About Farnham & Pfile

Founded in 1985, Farnham & Pfile Construction has grown from a small industrial construction company into an engineering and contracting company with total turnkey capability that includes engineering, procurement, and erection services. The firm has the technical equipment and financial resources needed to meet the full range of process and industrial construction requirements not only within budget but also on time. Serving clients in the process industry, particularly mineral processing and energy production, Farnham & Pfile provides turnkey solutions to complex projects, including new construction, retrofitting, and upgrades to existing coal processing plants. Information about Farnham & Pfile is available at http://www.farnham-pfile.com/.

About IBM

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About Dassault Systèmes

As world leader in 3D and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions, the Dassault Systèmes group brings value to more than 80,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire life cycle of products from conception to maintenance. Its offering includes integrated PLM solutions for product development (CATIA®, DELMIA®, ENOVIA®, SMARTEAM®), mainstream 3D product design tools (SolidWorks®), and 3D components (Spatial/ACIS®). Dassault Systèmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com.

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