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A New Breath of Life

At the time, the idea of towing an iceberg seemed unrealistic. But in the last 40 years, there has been considerable technical progress and our knowledge of icebergs has greatly improved. Could Georges Mougin’s project be reborn?

His whole life, Georges Mougin has honed his theory of towing icebergs and has thought about capturing a tabular iceberg. He then studied the best way to slow its melting and he imagined an unheard-of invention, a skirt made from non-woven geotextile strips. Finally, he had to come up with the best solution for towing the iceberg with a single, high-powered tugboat, while using as little energy as possible: using following currents.

In 2009, he decided to knock at the door of Dassault Systèmes. Indeed, he had just watched a showing of the 3D interactive documentary “Khufu Revealed” at the Geode. Then, Georges Mougin thought of all this technology for his project: virtual worlds and 3D simulations would allow his various theories on iceberg-towing to be tested virtually to see whether his idea would be feasible.

 

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