Dassault Systèmes and the University of Adelaide have further strengthened their strategic partnership, with the announcement that Dassault Systèmes will establish its South Australian regional centre on campus at the university.
Dassault Systèmes, known for their work in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, will create a new Adelaide-based team comprising staff from France and India, as well as interns from the University of Adelaide. The company will be working closely with Naval Group and the Commonwealth on the Future Submarine program under the digital shipyard approach.
The South Australian regional centre – the first Dassault Systèmes office to be established at an Australian university – will be embedded in one of the flagship engineering buildings on the University's North Terrace campus.
"The co-location of Dassault Systèmes in the heart of where we conduct engineering teaching and research will provide a deeper link between the University of Adelaide and a global industry leader," the University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen said.
"With South Australia preparing for major defence contracts, including the Future Frigates and Future Submarines programs, we see a critical role for Dassault Systèmes in providing solutions for defence and other industries in this state,” Masaki Sox Konno, Dassault Systèmes’ managing director for Asia Pacific South, said.
In 2017, the University of Adelaide and Dassault Systèmes signed an agreement to implement a specialised industry-focused curriculum for engineering students. The University of Adelaide has long and well-established links with Defence as its largest research partner, with 157 agreements negotiated since July 2014 for a total value of $13 million.