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"The Virtual Vehicle" Chooses Altair Data Manager and HyperWorks Engineering Software to Tighten Product Development Processes


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Austrian research and competence center implements advanced data management and CAE tools to streamline interaction between automotive industry and research

TROY, Mich. USA (Jan. 18, 2007) - Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of technology and services that strengthen client innovation and decision-making, today announced that "The Virtual Vehicle Competence Center" (vif) has implemented Altair Data Manager (ADM) as their simulation data management system at vif's Mechanics Department and has extended their use of HyperWorks computer-aided engineering (CAE) software. ADM was implemented at vif to address automotive industry requirements regarding simulation data management and is used jointly with the institute's research and industry partners. The HyperWorks suite is used to solve problems in areas of mechanical stress; handling; powertrain optimization; multi-body dynamics; linear and nonlinear structural analysis; and pedestrian and passenger safety.

"As an independent research center, we are confronted daily with individual customer demands, especially regarding data management, software tools and solvers, and must react quickly and flexibly," said Harald Schluder, area manager in Mechanics at vif. "To efficiently realize research projects for the automotive industry and to better serve the needs of our customers, we have implemented ADM as the CAE data management tool. Certainly, one reason was the large variety of Altair products included in the HyperWorks suite. The Altair products work well in combination with the data management system and enable us to customize software in response to our customers' requirements."

Altair HyperWorks is an integrated CAE framework containing best-in-class solutions for complete virtual product development. HyperWorks delivers an open, programmable platform that is easy to integrate into existing processes. ADM enables CAE analysts to manage, organize and control processes and data.

"CAE data management is a major issue in today's automotive industry," said Dr. Detlef Schneider, managing director, Altair Germany. "We are pleased that vif has chosen ADM to manage its CAE data and is using HyperWorks to generate that data. Close cooperation with research and competence centers such as vif continues to be of great importance to us. We know that they collaborate with leading automotive companies and define the future of vehicle development and technology with their research projects. We expect to see a growing use and acceptance of ADM in all areas of the automotive industry. Altair is proud to be an active part of the process to shape the future of automotive development with our customers and tools."



About The Virtual Vehicle (vif)
Founded in 2002, "The Virtual Vehicle" research and competence center is a well-known player in the area of vehicle development. As part of the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), the center is a neutral platform for research and development activities. With 85 employees, the center offers services and performs research in the following areas: mechanics, thermo and fluid dynamics, electrics and electronics, as well as virtual manufacturing and virtual engineering. The center strives for full vehicle analysis using a multi-disciplinary approach. Thanks to good relations the TU Graz enjoys with more than 20 other institutes and industries, vif is capable of offering complex solutions such as a Simulation Data Management System to international customers, including Audi, AVL, BMW, MAN, MSF, Siemens and ThyssenKrupp Automotive. The Institute's Mechanics Department employs 25 researchers, who work in the areas of vehicle safety, vehicle dynamics, forming and materials. To learn more about vif, please visit www.v2c2.at.


About Altair Engineering
Altair Engineering, Inc. strengthens client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held with more than 1,000 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 20-year-plus track record for product design, advanced engineering software and grid computing technologies, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

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