October 7, 2008

ABS Selects Dassault Systemes’s Abaqus FEA Software From Simulia

The American Bureau of Shipping, an offshore classification society, has selected Abaqus finite element analysis software from Simulia to assist in the evaluation of the structural strength of offshore drilling and production units. Simulia is a brand of Dassault Systemes.

Dassault Systemes claims that the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has selected Abaqus for its powerful nonlinear analysis solution technology, its robust contact formulations and its unique simulation capabilities. It is reported that, utilizing the soil and concrete material models available in Abaqus, ABS can easily evaluate the behavior of jack-up rig designs operating in harsh, offshore environments.

Jer-Fang Wu, head of the ABS Singapore offshore technology center, said: "Full-scale testing of offshore jack-up rigs is cost and time prohibitive. In the energy sector, there is a continuing trend towards larger, more complex projects that demand shorter, more intense design cycles. The realistic simulation capabilities of Abaqus provide a reliable and economical way to evaluate structural standards of engineering designs."

Ken Short, vice president of strategy and marketing for Simulia at Dassault Systemes, said: "The accuracy of structural analysis in order to engineer the safe operation of offshore units is imperative. The selection of Abaqus by ABS validates our approach to the development and quality assurance of mission-critical tools for the certification of these structures dedicated to economical and environmentally safe energy exploration."