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SPATIAL AND HKS UNVEIL ACIS-ENABLED "ABAQUS/CAE".

Spatial Technology Inc. (AMEX: STY), a developer of open, component 3D modeling technology, and Hibbitt, Karlsson & Sorensen, Inc. (HKS), a developer of advanced FEA software applications, have introduced ACIS(R)-enabled ABAQUS/CAE --the newest ABAQUS application from HKS. The modeling performance and functionality in ABAQUS/CAE are built on ACIS, the de facto standard 3D modeling kernel. ABAQUS/CAE provides a complete environment for modeling, managing, monitoring, and visualizing results from ABAQUS analysis applications. The industry standard ACIS SAT(TM) file format gives ABAQUS/CAE users 3D model interoperability with over 175 ACIS-enabled applications.

"We selected ACIS as the foundation of ABAQUS/CAE because it is the most widely used 3D modeling kernel and offers us several key benefits not available with other modelers. The open object-oriented architecture and component technology of ACIS gave us a flexible foundation on which our developers could quickly build an advanced feature-based application. It will also enable them to develop and implement future upgrades rapidly," said Roger Keene, marketing manager, Hibbitt, Karlsson & Sorensen. "Another key benefit is the opportunity to partner with a company that is a recognized technology leader with an ongoing commitment to developing and enhancing its products. Spatial has been a responsive, supportive development partner and has helped us to meet our development goals. We value our on-going partnership with Spatial."

"We are pleased to see HKS's introduction of an ACIS-enabled module in ABAQUS. As a leader in the advanced FEA market, HKS is among a growing number of industry leaders implementing ACIS 3D modeling technology in state-of-the-art applications. The release of ABAQUS/CAE further solidifies ACIS's position as the dominant 3D modeling kernel in the CAE industry," said Bruce Morgan, president and CEO, Spatial. "HKS is a long-standing Spatial customer and we continue to value our partnership with them and looking forward to a long, successful relationship."

About ACIS-Enabled ABAQUS/CAE

With the ACIS 3D modeling kernel as the foundation of ABAQUS/CAE, users can create moderately complex analysis models, consisting of solids, surfaces, and curves, and extend CAD models imported from other ACIS-enabled applications. ABAQUS/CAE extends common CAD concepts like parameters, features, and regeneration to advanced nonlinear analysis. Multiple models representing deformable and rigid bodies can be assembled, and analysis features, such as material properties and loading conditions, can be applied to the geometry. The advanced meshing tools in ABAQUS/CAE use the Cellular Topology Component of ACIS and can mesh one-, two-, and three-dimensional regions. In addition to its 3D modeling functionality, ABAQUS/CAE allows ABAQUS analyses to be run and monitored anywhere on a network, and provides advanced visualization tools to interpret the results.

About Hibbitt, Karlsson & Sorensen, Inc.

Hibbitt, Karlsson & Sorensen, Inc. (HKS) develops and supports ABAQUS, the world's leading advanced finite element analysis program. The ABAQUS suite of engineering analysis software applications are used throughout the world to simulate the physical response of structures and solid bodies to load, temperature, contact, impact, and other environmental conditions. ABAQUS applications are leading, state-of-the-art software for advanced FEA design analysis and are available on standard engineering computer systems, ranging from PCs to workstations to supercomputers. HKS's analysis applications include ABAQUS/Aqua, ABAQUS/CAE, ABAQUS/Explicit, ABAQUS/Standard, and ABAQUS/USA.

HKS is headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA, and has branch offices and representatives around the world. The Company has almost 200 full time employees. The majority of staff members are highly qualified, experienced engineers and computer scientists.

For more information, visit HKS's Web site at http://www.abaqus.com.

About Spatial Technology

Spatial Technology Inc. is the world leader in the development of open, component 3D modeling technology. The ACIS 3D Toolkit, Spatial's flagship product, is universally recognized as the de facto standard 3D modeling kernel for the MCAD, CAM, CAE, and AEC industries. With over 480 ACIS licensees and more than 1.3 million end users of over 175 ACIS-enabled applications, ACIS is indisputably the most widely used 3D modeling kernel in the world.

The open architecture of ACIS and the industry standard ACIS SAT(TM) file format are known as the "ACIS Geometry Bus." The ACIS Geometry Bus is the key to 3D model interoperability among ACIS-enabled applications, including ABAQUS/CAE by Hibbitt, Karlsson & Sorensen, Inc., AutoCAD and Mechanical Desktop by Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), Bravo by Applicon, Inc., CADKEY by Baystate Technologies, Inc., Grade/CUBE II by Hitachi Zosen Information Systems, GSCAD by Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ: INGR), IronCAD by Visionary Design Systems, Inc., MegaCAD by Megatech Software GmbH, TurboCAD Solid Modeler by IMSI (NASDAQ: IMSI), and Vellum Solids by Ashlar Inc.

To further extend Spatial's leadership in sharing and accessing CAD model data throughout the design and manufacturing process, Spatial and InterData Access, Inc. (IDA) have combined their technical expertise, products, and financial strength. IDA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Spatial, is a leading provider of product data viewing, data translation, and digital mock-up software and consulting services to Fortune 500 industrial companies worldwide. IDA products include IntraVISION(TM), CALSVIEW(TM), VisionShare(TM), Data Exchange Manager, and IGES/STEP development tools. IDA's customers include Boeing, Bombardier, Caterpillar, Diebold, General Electric, Harley Davidson, Hitachi, Lear Jet, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, and Silicon Graphics. For more information, visit IDA's Web site at http://www.ida.com.

Spatial Technology is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, and has offices in Europe and Asia. Shares of Spatial stock are publicly traded on the Nasdaq-AMEX exchange under the symbol "STY" (AMEX: STY). For more information, visit Spatial's Web site at http://www.spatial.com, or call (303) 544-2900.
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