Through its “Passion for Innovation” program, Dassault Systèmes puts its technology and knowledge at the service of research, education, culture, and artistic creation, becoming an ambitious player in the cultural sector. All innovation should challenge convictions, ask questions about the past and the future, and step aside from well-trodden paths: that’s why the Lab partners with researchers, historians, and artists, for whom questioning is a driving force.
D-Day, Innovation Day
Dassault Systèmes' 3D technologies to build bridges between the engineers of yesterday and today by preserving the memory of their remarkable technological innovations.
Giza 3D, in partnership with Harvard University and the MFA
The entire Giza plateau has been modeled with the cooperation of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Harvard University, providing Egyptologists with a remarkable educational and research tool (giza.3ds.com). Harvard University now has a room equipped with virtual reality software where teachers give immersive and interactive lessons.
In 2012, through a collaboration with historians and archeologists specializing in the study of Paris, teams from Passion for Innovation rebuilt Paris in 3D at different moments of its history. This reconstruction has given rise to an internet site (paris.3ds.com), an iPad app, a coproduction with Canal+ of five films on the history of Paris, and an illustrated book, and was shared live, in September 2012, in front of the Hôtel de Ville de Paris, by more than 15,000 people.
Mr and Mrs Dream, dance and virtual unreality in motion
Dassault Systèmes is pursuing its role as an innovator by moving into the world of the performing arts. In partnering with the Pietragalla-Derouault company for Mr & Mrs Dream, the Lab has contributed to the invention of a new scenic language that is rooted in the imagination and made possible by immersive virtual reality and simulation technology.
Script Walker by Enki Bilal, in partnership with Casterman
Visitors to the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris are able to discover, thanks to a new type of holographic display, an object from La Femme piège by Enki Bilal—the “script walker”. The Lab provided a virtual existence for this strange insect-like device, by creating a 3D model of it and integrating it into a universe where the virtual and the real combine.
Operation Lune, in partnership with DRASSM et French Navy
In collaboration with the French Navy and Drassm (the Marine and Submarine Archaeological Research Department of France), the Passion for Innovation Lab has reproduced virtually, and in 3D, the wreck of La Lune, Louis XIV’s flagship, which sank off the coast of Toulon in 1664, thus helping underwater archeologists to make the most of their interventions, while offering historians and internet users a virtual submarine dive to the remarkably well-preserved wreck.
Cordouan Lighthouse, in partnership with the French Ministry of Culture and Communication
In collaboration with the Ministry for Culture and Communication, the Passion for Innovation Lab has also reproduced virtually the Cordouan lighthouse, built more than 400 years ago and the first lighthouse to be classed as a historical monument. An interactive app enables you to see it in different centuries and to visit it while changing various elements of its aspect and lighting, so that you can view it by night or day, in a storm, etc.
La Douce from François Schuitten, in partnership with Casterman
The comic strip by François Schuiten La Douce (Casterman, 2012), which tells the story of a steam train and its mechanic/driver, offers illustrations in virtual reality: via the webcam of a computer, the steam train animates itself and travels through the countryside drawn by François Schuiten. A 3D digital model of La Douce was also built, thus contributing to preserving a rich industrial heritage, while bringing a creator’s imaginary world to life.
Leonardo da Vinci, in partnership with Universcience
Dassault Systèmes collaborates with Universcience in homage to Leonardo da Vinci on the Leonardo da Vinci, Projects, Drawings, Machines exhibition to be held at 'la Cité des sciences et de l'industrie' in Paris. Thus, fourteen 3D interactive reconstitutions of Leonardo's inventions have been rendered to the public at the heart of the exhibition.
Between 2005 and 2007, French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin was able to test his theory about the construction, 4,500 years ago, of the Cheops pyramid – a building far from having revealed all its secrets. Teams from Dassault Systèmes, using the company’s software, created a life-size virtual simulation of the construction method Houdin imagined , and verified it as plausible.
Through 3D virtual experiences and scientific simulation, French engineer Georges Mougin has recently been able to test many scenarios and prove his project to be technically feasible: towing icebergs for freshwater!
Arthur and the Minimoys, in partnership with Europacorp
On the release of Luc Besson’s Arthur et la vengeance de Maltazard, the Lab teamed up with EuropaCorp to create new forms of interaction between film and audiences, online as well as in cinemas. Spin-off animations, games, and other merchandise were offered, using 3D interactive technology.
Interactive musical game, in partnership with Europacorp
Europacorp partnership to create new forms of interaction between film and audiences was renewed in 2011 to promote Éric Bergeron’s film A Monster in Paris. Dassault Systemes created an interactive musical game where the audience can experiment a unique collective experience in theaters right before their movie.
Michel Desjoyeaux' 60 foot monohull
Michel Desjoyeaux, the world’s most highly awarded solo sailor, and Dassault Systèmes have set a never-done-before challenge: design a 60 foot monohull in less than six months thanks to Dassault Systèmes 3D solutions, and invite everyone on board in a unique virtual visit. Michel Desjoyeaux also invites you to experience a 3D serious game created thanks to Dassault Systèmes' 3D experiential technologies.