To hit these marks, Boeing and software developer Dassault Systèmes, Paris (www.3ds.com), are extending the V5 PLM suite of engineering programs (Catia, Delmia, Enovia, and SmarTeam) to change how Boeing designs, simulates, assembles, and manufactures aircraft. The business model for Boeing and its partners will be based on a global, digital work environment that operates 24 hr a day, year round.
The two companies are creating a virtual-development workspace called the 7E7 Global Collaboration Environment (GCE). Boeing will use it to digitally design, build, and test every aspect of the 7E7 and its manufacturing processes before production begins.
Boeing will standardize its use of specifications, engineering rules, operational parameters and simulation results. Partners and suppliers in the GCE will also implement the virtual product development platform.
— Paul Dvorak