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Russian automotive manufacturer invests in I-DEAS Master Series software.

MILFORD, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 13, 1996--Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC) announced today that the leading Russian automotive company, GAZ, has selected I-DEAS Master Series(TM) software for use in its design and manufacturing departments. The value of the software order is approximately $400,000.

GAZ, with headquarters in Nizhni Novgorod, will use I-DEAS(TM) software extensively in the development and refinement of its 1.5-ton light trucks, vans, police and medical vehicles, and passenger cars. Activities will include performing structural analysis of a vehicle's body, suspension, and other sections; fatigue life analysis of vehicle components; modal analysis; and design optimization.

GAZ will be able to analyze data from laboratory and road tests and new vehicle structure simulations. Finite element modeling will allow GAZ engineers to optimize vehicle structure design in the early stages of the design process. With I-DEAS Test(TM) software applications, the test lab will have the opportunity to play a more valuable role throughout the mechanical design process. I-DEAS integration and data management capabilities will facilitate earlier and more effective communication of test results with design and simulation activities.

GAZ will also be using I-DEAS software for plastics analysis. The Russian car maker is the only such company in the country capable of producing complex tooling for thermoplastic injection molding. In this particular application, I-DEAS will be used for geometry modeling and for working with models imported from other CAD systems, for finite element modeling and for mold process analysis of such factors as mold filling, cooling, warping and shrinkage.

"Automotive manufacturers are faced with increasing pressures to deliver higher-quality products at reduced costs within shorter cycle times, while meeting customer demands and certification in both Russian and foreign markets," noted Yury Nasdlekov, chief of GAZ's Test Department. "In addition, we have to address such operating conditions as adapting to Russian roads and harsh weather conditions, bringing additional difficulties to the vehicle design process. However, we anticipate that the installation of I-DEAS Master Series will give us the tools to overcome these issues."

"Today, the demands on new product development throughout the automotive industry worldwide have never been fiercer," commented Martin Neads, SDRC's senior vice president and general manager. "Automotive manufacturers have to respond quickly to address these increasing pressures.

"The key to meeting these objectives is effective management of the product life cycle process from initial design all the way through to manufacturing. GAZ is joining the impressive list of companies in Eastern Europe who recognize that SDRC's I-DEAS Master Series software will assist engineers in shortening the product development process."

SDRC (NASDAQ:SDRC) is a leading international supplier of mechanical design automation software, product data management software, and implementation services. The company's products and services help manufacturers optimize product concepts early in the design process, enabling them to significantly improve product quality while reducing product development time and cost. SDRC employs more than 1,100 people and has 61 offices in 15 countries throughout North America, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific region.

Note to Editors: SDRC is a registered trademark, I-DEAS, I-DEAS Master Series, and I-DEAS Test are trademarks of Structural Dynamics Research Corporation. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

CONTACT: Structural Dynamics Research Corp., Milford

Mary-Margaret Wantuck, 513/576-2985
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