15 September 2008

Siemens PLM Software and Nemetschek North America Announce the Launch of Vectorworks 2009 Featuring Parasolid

PLANO, Texas, September 15, 2008 - Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, and Nemetschek North America today announced the launch of Nemetschek’s Vectorworks® 2009 design software featuring for the first time the integration of Parasolid® software, Siemens PLM Software’s 3D solid modeling technology.

The key theme of Vectorworks 2009 is the addition and simultaneous release of the sophisticated Parasolid 3D solid modeling functionality to all modules of the product suite, in solutions tailored to the needs of architectural, landscape, entertainment, and multi-disciplinary firms. The robust functionality of Parasolid has been proven and refined through widespread usage in the mechanical CAD market, combining high performance and exceptional quality in an easy-to-integrate component.

With a prominent position in the AEC market already established, Nemetschek is targeting its Vectorworks Architect 2009 product at architectural firms wishing to explore creative, free-form designs with increased productivity, while retaining full geometric integrity at all times. While Parasolid offers substantial benefits to Vectorworks’ architectural users, it also brings significant speed gains in the entire product suite including Vectorworks Fundamentals, Landmark, Spotlight, and Machine Design.

“We selected Parasolid as the modeling foundation for Vectorworks 2009 because of Siemens PLM Software’s reputation for high-quality components and proven record of supporting open solutions,” said Sean Flaherty, CEO of Nemetschek North America. “Integrating Parasolid into all modules of our suite was the key focus for the 2009 release, which has been achieved smoothly, thanks to excellent technology and support from Siemens PLM Software. We expect Vectorworks 2009 to be a landmark release.

“There has been a strong movement towards the adoption of Building Information Modeling within the A/E/C market,” adds Flaherty. “The level of interest in BIM is steadily increasing due to the desire to integrate more efficient design practices. However, many are not adopting BIM due to the barriers to 3D use, such as the inability to realize cutting edge, free-form architecture. As opposed to other players in the CAD market who are trying to solve the barriers to 3D with in-house, self-built technologies, we have decided to license the absolute best solution in 3D, by integrating Parasolid technology. With a purpose-built 3D modeling kernel, Vectorworks 2009 will better manage building complexity, which previously tested the limits of most BIM applications.”

“We are proud that a company of Nemetschek’s stature and vision has selected Parasolid to provide the core technology for its flagship design software,” said Bruce Feldt, vice president of Open Tool, Siemens PLM Software. “We are confident that Nemetschek’s users will be impressed by the productivity and creative freedom enabled by the new Parasolid functionality. We look forward to a long relationship with Nemetschek and to continued success in the AEC market.

About Nemetschek North America

Nemetschek North America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nemetschek AG Group. A global leader in design technologies, Nemetschek North America has been developing CAD software for the AEC, entertainment, landscape design, and manufacturing fields since 1985. For more information, visit www.nemetschek.net.

About Parasolid

Parasolid is a key software product in the PLM Components suite of solutions, providing the geometric modeling foundation for many of the world’s leading computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE) applications. Siemens PLM Software develops Parasolid, uses it throughout its extensive portfolio of product development applications, and licenses it to independent software vendors (ISVs) and end-user organizations to provide a consistent, world-class 3D modeling platform for the PLM industry.

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 5.5 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software’s open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

About Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of the Siemens Industry Sector, is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industry to solutions for whole industries and systems that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services.

Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. Parasolid and D-Cubed are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Vectorworks is a registered trademark of Nemetschek North America, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

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