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Car manufacturer smooths process with software investment

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Fisker Automotive is using Dassault Systemes' Catia and Enovia software for virtual design and product data management respectively, in the development of its Karma and Surf models.

Catia enabled Fisker to work from a single architecture for everything from wire harness design through Class A surfacing, while Enovia managed the design data across multiple global locations. Fisker also employs Dassault Systèmes’ 3DVia and Simulia solutions in its product development processes.

'We are proud to have successfully delivered highly-stylised vehicles while achieving all our eco-requirements,' said Mikael Elley, director of Fisker IT. 'The standardised collaborative design methods enabled through Catia and managed by Enovia SmarTeam help to save us time and money, as well as encourage innovation and sharing of labour among our globally-dispersed teams.'

Fisker relied upon Catia to help optimise numerous factors that impact vehicle energy usage, including aerodynamics, rolling resistance and vehicle weight, to name a few.

Enovia allowed the company to integrate and manage its information among its supply base, while tracking design changes and capturing best practices. This approach, in combination with Fisker’s unique design process, helped the company to quickly launch its second model vehicle, the Surf. With the integrated digital design platform from Dassault Systèmes, the first Surf manufactured was not a prototype, but a full production model.