Michigan’s Oakland Schools Expand Virtual Design and Manufacturing Training with Dassault Systèmes


Michigan's Oakland Schools Expand Virtual Design and Manufacturing Training with Dassault Systèmes

800+ seats of Industry-Leading DELMIA & CATIA Software Now Available to Students

Michigan's Oakland Schools now have an additional 400 seats of Dassault Systèmes PLM software as part of our academic partnership program.

This relationship with the intermediate school district, which began in 2002, provided Oakland County's 28 school districts access to CATIA, the world's leading virtual product design solution, as well as its digital manufacturing software counterpart DELMIA. Instructors at each of the 23 facilities taking advantage of the program have been trained and mentored in the software. “The goal of this program is to fill the gap between education and industry by exposing students to the same high-tech tools employed by the leading aerospace, medical, consumer product, and automotive companies of the world,” says Bill Williams, Oakland Schools' Career Focused Education consultant.  “For example, more than 80% of new vehicles launched today are designed in CATIA, making training in this software a must for any would-be automotive engineer. We encourage every high school to take advantage of this offering and make 3D virtual design and digital manufacturing courses available to all of their students.”

Williams notes that manufacturing offers excellent career opportunities with typical wages and benefits being about 25 percent higher than other occupations. The other benefit is the anticipated growth in the application of digital manufacturing. “However,” he added, “no matter what field students choose to study, at some point in their career almost everyone will need to be familiar with 3D modeling software. Engineers, doctors, fashion designers, packaging engineers, architects – all these career paths rely upon sophisticated computer programs to create their products and plan their processes.” “We commend Mr. Williams and Oakland Schools for their efforts in this area,” says Roy Smolky, DELMIA Worldwide Academic Relations, Dassault Systèmes.  “We believe programs like this are vital in helping not only Oakland County, but the U.S. in maintaining its role as the world's technology leader.”

The Dassault Systèmes solutions made available through Oakland Schools educate students in virtual product development where all product design and manufacturing processes are created, simulated and optimized in a virtual 3D environment on the computer, prior to anything being built in the real world. The competitive state of today's business environment demands ultimate efficiency from all business processes. Companies using these technologies have shortened development cycles and reduced production errors by over 50%, in addition to realizing many other benefits.

Of all U.S. exports, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), each $1.00 of manufactured goods generates $1.37 worth of additional economic activity.  Manufacturing is also responsible for more than 70 percent of private sector research and development including being a center of alternative energy research.  It also contributes more than 60 percent of U.S. exports or about $50 billion a month.

“We know from experience that students who are trained in these sophisticated tools are better prepared to enter university level programs, as well as the workforce,” adds Dr. Vickie L. Markavitch, superintendent, Oakland Schools. “It's crucial that we tap students' interest early on, encouraging them to acquire appropriate skill sets and pursue available careers in science and manufacturing.”

Vision of the Future Session Update

Kim Autry, AFS DPC Co-Chair

As usual, the highlight of the conference for me was our Arrangements and Fluid Systems (AFS) DPC sessions. Our friends at Dassault Systemes Woodland Hills continue to provide excellent support. In the “Vision of the Future” session on Monday, April 20, Harry Daglas and Oussama Chouche provided a demonstration of V6 as well as an excellent presentation on the enhancements available in V5 Release 19. These presentations are available on the COE Website. Search by category “Events by Session Code” and use DPC-AFS as the code session code. Note that you must log in to the COE Website to be able to view these proceedings. Contact COE headquarters if you don't have a log-in ID.

On Wednesday, April 22 we had our usual AFS working session. There was a lot of good discussion and the group identified seven enhancement requests. POCs have been identified for each enhancement to document the request as shown below.

  • 3D Driven Schematics (opposite of SDD)
  • AP203 Object Oriented Input/Output
  • V4V5 Migration.  Do not link line ID's to Catalog
  • CATFct Enhancement
  • Part Typing without UUID Modification
  • Flexible Routing Enhancement
  • HVAC Fabrication

Mary is in the process of creating a shared workspace on Google along with a spreadsheet showing the enhancement requests along with (hopefully) some status. More to come on this.

Also in the working session we agree to continue with the teleconferences which we started last year. As we decided previously, we plan to hold these at about four-month intervals from the annual COE Conference. That means the meeting will fall around the end of August and December, although the December meeting may slip a little to avoid the holidays. The purpose of these meetings is to identify new candidate enhancements and to status existing ones. Details of the August meeting will be available as the date approaches .

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