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Leading German Consulting Firm Brunel Selects HyperWorks Engineering Framework

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TROY, Mich., (Aug. 29, 2007) – Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of technology and services that empower client innovation and decision-making, announced today that Germany’s Brunel, a leading engineering consulting firm specializing in project development and innovation, has included the use of HyperWorks into its tool sets employed for service offerings. Starting with service and consultancy projects within the automotive industry, the engineering service provider will use the software framework both on site at their customers and within their competence centers.

To date, HyperWorks results have shown great potential in automotive applications. As a result, Brunel sees the need for HyperWorks also within other industries, such as the aerospace industry. Primarily, Brunel is using OptiStruct for topology optimization especially within the first development phases. HyperMesh will be used for the meshing of finite-element models within its competence centers and on site at different customers for consulting projects. Brunel will extend the use of HyperWorks to other areas and industries, as requested.

“We have been using HyperWorks for the optimization of components since February 2007, following a customer request coming from an automotive OEM,” said Peter Mikolaj, manager of Numerical Simulation, at Brunel, Germany. “We are very pleased with the results we have from HyperWorks, and plan to apply especially HyperMesh and OptiStruct in upcoming projects for our aerospace and automotive customers. HyperWorks offers us the possibility to work very closely with our customers, as well as react quickly to any request within the areas of optimization and meshing. As an integrated solution, HyperWorks provides a smooth development process and has put the powerful tools our engineers need within easy reach. For the future, I see a high need for the HyperWorks framework coming from all of our customers and from any industry.”

“Simulation tools such as HyperWorks provide the answer to many engineering challenges for today’s industries. Especially within the area of optimization, we expect more requests from customers such as we have had from Brunel in the engineering service area,” said Dr. Detlef Schneider, managing director of Altair Engineering, Germany. “All industries have to frontload their development processes and will need to optimize their products as early as possible. The HyperWorks framework is an integrated solution, offering all the tools needed to deal with engineering tasks within this area. I am very happy that Brunel has chosen HyperWorks, and I am sure that the Brunel engineers and their customers will soon benefit from the excellent results achieved with HyperWorks.”

Altair HyperMesh is a user-friendly, high-performance finite-element pre- and post-processor for popular finite-element solvers. It allows engineers to analyze product design performance in a highly interactive and visual environment. It also contains a morphing capability that permits users to quickly parameterize models and stretch finite-element meshes, while keeping mesh distortion at a minimum.

Altair OptiStruct is a highly advanced finite element-based software for both structural analysis and design optimization. OptiStruct is used to design, evaluate and improve performance of mechanical structures. Unlike classical finite-element solvers, OptiStruct software proposes new and better solutions throughout the entire design process. Powerful optimization routines are deeply integrated with popular analysis types, including linear statics, buckling and frequency analysis – making design optimization easy, robust and accurate.

About Brunel

Brunel specializes in the support of development and innovation projects for industry, with an interdisciplinary team of engineering and management experts. One of the focal points of the globally active company is the processing of technology and management issues as a project. Depending on the customer's requirements, the corresponding Brunel specialists become active and supplement the existing project team within the customer's company with their expertise. In Germany, Brunel offers the engineering and management expertise of 1,700 experienced engineers from 50 locations. In so doing, the company is primarily active in the automotive; IT; electronics; telecommunications; aerospace; mechanical engineering and plant constructions; railway technology and shipbuilding sectors. To learn more, please visit: www.brunel.de

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 1,200 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South 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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