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UAE-based technology distributor and integrator Emirates Computers has signed a partnership agreement with Infocad. The two companies have organised conferences to showcase cutting edge solutions for the industry sector during which Emirates Computers will demonstrate the latest virtual reality visualisations solutions from UK-based Virtalis.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  May 2, 2006

UAE-based technology distributor and integrator Emirates Computers has signed a partnership agreement with Infocad. The two companies have organised conferences to showcase cutting edge solutions for the industry sector during which Emirates Computers will demonstrate the latest virtual reality (VR) visualisations solutions from UK-based Virtalis. “The UAE has a vision to differentiate itself both in terms of innovation and quality of products and services offered. To fulfill this vision, companies and organisations need to leverage the very best in cutting-edge technologies,” said Tony Abou-Jawad, technical computing unit manager at Emirates Computers. “The VR visualisation solution is revolutionising the way products are conceived, developed and manufactured worldwide. We plan to introduce this state-of-the-art technology to the UAE at our conference, EmiratesTech 2006. We will also be addressing product lifecycle management, reverse engineering and quality control issues at this event,” Abou-Jawad added. With global manufacturers expected to invest some US$25bn in product development solutions during the next five years, according to Emirates Computers, demand for advanced design tools is expected to soar. The companies involved in the conferences claim that the VR solution allows products to be created within a virtual environment. This allows the development team the freedom to experiment with new concepts and involve collaborators and customers at an early stage of the design process. “The Virtalis blue chip customer base encompasses the automotive, aerospace and defence, mechanical-construction, heavy equipment and shipbuilding market world-wide, and the company recognises that the UAE, with its dynamic, high technology-based economy, could be a prime user of such advanced technologies,” said Paul Gately, business development manager at Virtalis. “The advantage of VR visualisation is the ability to share a mutual vision and in the UAE, such visions are conceived, evaluated and approved on a daily basis. This makes the ability to bring a customer face-to-face with a virtual product giving him the opportunity to effectively convey and communicate the design intent, therefore gaining customer approval well in advance of the manufacturing stage, very valuable,” Gately added.

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