23 March 2010

Siemens PLM Software Supports Research in the Field of Seismic Risk through In-Kind Grant to EUCENTRE

MILANO, Italy, and PLANO, Texas, March 23, 2010 - 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, today announced an in-kind software grant, with a commercial value of nearly €28.000, to support EUCENTRE’s research program devoted to the reduction of seismic risk around the world.

EUCENTRE (European Center for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering) uses Siemens PLM Software’s solutions for modeling and analysis, aiming to define the seismic behavior of single structures, and to validate simplified models for evaluation of large scale seismic risk. Through EUCENTRE’s use of Siemens PLM Software’s technology, significant scientific progress is possible in the fields of seismic engineering and seismology, which in turn provides a concrete basis for the development of emergency plans and the improvement of intervention strategies and policies.

“EUCENTRE has a fundamental role in coordinating project C.A.S.E. (Complessi Antisismici Sostenibili Ecocompatibili), for the construction of 180 seismically isolated buildings, using more than 7,000 isolation bearings, after the earthquake at L’Aquila,” said Barbara Borzi, Head of the Seismic Risk Section at Eucentre. Experimentation and numerical analysis are carried out at the research center in order to both investigate and implement methodologies and innovative techniques for seismic assessment, and improve seismic design criteria. EUCENTRE has an extremely advanced laboratory, Laboratory for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (TREES-Lab), which features experimental facilities such as a high performance shaking table for dynamic tests and the strong floor-reaction wall system (12 m high walls) for pseudo-static and pseudo-dynamic tests on test specimens or full scale structures.

Borzi added, “Thanks to the advanced functionalities of Siemens PLM Software’s solutions, we can build the finite element model more efficiently than with other software, meaning with reduced efforts and improved results. The software’s ability to interface with different solvers, allows us to manage different kinds of non-linear analysis within the same instrument: an important added value for our activity.”

“Siemens PLM Software develops and nurtures partnerships that provide significant value for academic institutions, youth / displaced workers development programs, Regional Productivity Partnerships, Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) and our global communities,” said Hulas King, director of Siemens PLM Software ‘s GO PLM & Global Community Relations. “We partner with academic institutions to increase the skills of the work force, introduce the most advanced technologies and improve PLM processes. We are proud to team with Eucentre’s strong leaders and University of Pavia’s gifted students to reduce seismic risk on a global basis.”


Launched by the Department of Civil Protection, the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology, The University of Pavia and the Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia, EUCENTRETM (European Center for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering) is a non profit Foundation and focuses on seismic engineering, seismology, geology and geotechnics with the aim of promoting, sustaining and overseeing training and research in the field of the reduction of seismic risk. EUCENTRE carries out scientific and technical consultancy at a national and international level, related to the evaluation and retrofit of existing structures as well as the design of new structures, even in emergency situations.

GO PLM Program

Siemens PLM Software’s GO PLM™ initiative leads the industry in the commercial value of the in-kind grants it provides and brings together four complementary community involvement programs focused on academic partnership, regional productivity, youth and displaced worker development and the PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) program. GO PLM provides PLM technology to more than one million students annually at nearly 10,500 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from grade schools to graduate engineering research programs. For more information on GO PLM and the partners and programs it supports visit www.siemens.com/partners/goplm.

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 6.7 million licensed seats and 63,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

About the Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, industrial controls and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors 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. With around 39,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry Automation achieved sales of €7.0 billion in fiscal year 2009. www.siemens.com/industryautomation

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