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Contribution helps mechanical engineers and designers at Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS -- Nov. 1, 2002 - The Partnership for the Advancement of CAD/CAM/CAE Education (PACE) has announced an...


November 1, 2002
By MRO Magazine

Halifax, NS — Nov. 1, 2002 – The Partnership for the Advancement of CAD/CAM/CAE Education (PACE) has announced an in-kind contribution with a commercial value of roughly $61 million to Dalhousie University. The contribution, which consists of computer-aided design, manufacturing, and engineering software, hardware and training, is the largest in Dalhousie’s history.

PACE is a corporate alliance between General Motors, Sun Microsystems, and EDS through its PLM Solutions line of business that has worked together since 1999 to support key academic institutions worldwide with computer-based engineering tools to prepare mechanical designers, engineers and analysts with the skills to compete in the future.

Michael Grimaldi, president of General Motors of Canada, Oshawa, Ont., said, “As a result of PACE’s contribution to Dalhousie University, students will gain critical exposure and experience using state-of-the-art computer-aided engineering tools.

“PACE partners are playing a key role in fostering innovation in Canada by offering undergraduate students the opportunity to use world-class tools and preparing them for future success. A highly-skilled workforce will attract additional high tech jobs and investment, improving the overall economic outlook for Canada.”


“Dalhousie University is joining a growing international community of leading institutions participating in the PACE program,” said Everett Anstey, chairman of the board at Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc., Markham, Ont. “In today’s global competitive marketplace, it is essential that students have access to industry-leading resources. The implementation of this computing infrastructure in Dalhousie’s classrooms is the foundation of future innovation.”

Fraser Nicholson, the Halifax-based vice-president, Atlantic Region, for EDS Canada of Toronto, said, “With the PACE contribution, students learn computer-aided engineering concepts used in a broad range of industry sectors through a unique combination of hardware, software and training. Most important, students gain hands-on experience applying those concepts as they work on real-world industry projects.”

Dalhousie University has installed a new computing lab to incorporate the contribution. The lab, which enables students to learn to design, engineer and validate products in a virtual world, opened earlier this year.

“EDS is providing Unigraphics software enabling students to gain experience using computer-based design and analysis tools. Graduates from Dalhousie will be able to ‘hit the ground running’ when working for future employers in any sector,” said Phil Taylor, president for EDS PLM Solutions Canada.

Dr. Tom Traves, president of the university said, “This is a historic day for Dalhousie University. Not only is this the largest in-kind contribution that we have ever received, it is also one of the most significant in terms of its potential impact on our future.”

“We thank GM of Canada, EDS and Sun Microsystems for making this significant contribution. By adding expertise with the computer-aided design and solid modelling tools of today and tomorrow, the reputation of Nova Scotia’s graduating engineers will be enhanced,” said the Honourable John Hamm, premier of Nova Scotia.

To date, 26 academic institutions in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Europe and China have been selected to participate in the PACE program. Twenty institutions, including Dalhousie University, have formally been announced.

The value of contributions to date is approximately $2.16 billion in total with almost $250 million donated to institutions in Canada (Dalhousie University, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and Queen’s University). Canadian universities involved may also further leverage the PACE contribution through application to federal and provincial matching fund programs.

More information about PACE can be found at