The case for an economy driven by innovation, science and imagination
We can no longer see the world merely as an object. To create a sustainable world, we cannot simply carry on as we do today. A sustainable world calls for more imagination and innovation in science, uses and economic models.
For the last two centuries our production methods and lifestyles have been constructed using a limited number of processed natural resources, a limited amount of knowledge — mainly chemistry — and, above all, knowledge that has been kept separate in silos, in order to achieve economies of scale. While this 'normalization' of the economy has resulted in tremendous progress, it has overly focused on the product of human labor to the detriment of nature and life. And yet everything points to the current era as one of transition from a resource-based economy to an experience-based economy in which the way we use and experience a product has more value than the product itself.
"The world is watching us just as we are watching the world."
Science, uses and the economy all go hand-in-hand. A marvelous example of this is additive manufacturing. 3D modeling and 3D printing are revolutionizing the world of production. We are seeing a shift from mass production to mass customization. At the same time, new uses are emerging (miniaturization; reshored production) which in turn call for greater scientific innovation (the focus is being put back on fundamental research into material components; new materials are being developed; production is being fine-tuned at the scale of the atom).
Solutions for a more sustainable world
A leader in sustainable innovation, Dassault Systèmes delivers digital technologies, which have helped companies make headway in areas such as energy transition, sustainable mobility, and in the creation of intelligent cities designed to satisfy the evolving needs of the urban citizen. Its solutions simulate real-world experiences that help people foresee the impact of their decisions and allow them to make the necessary adjustments. In the face of dire statistics, repeated climate warnings and dying ecosystems, it is encouraging to know that ground-breaking and promising alternatives, which can save our ailing planet, exist.
See how Dassault Systèmes’ technologies have contributed to the development of renewable energy solutions in the exciting success stories below.
Solar Impulse: Pushing back the limits of the impossible
Fly a plane powered only by the sun? With vision and dedication, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg and the Solar Impulse team rose to the challenge and built a solar aircraft capable of flying day and night. Convinced that clean energies can change the world they demonstrated that a plane does not need fuel to fly, only the sun’s energy. Groundbreaking technologies were built into the aircraft some of which include insulating foam for the cockpit to protect the pilots from temperatures extremes, a device that accurately monitors pilot fatigue and vigilance, and ultra-thin, highly efficient solar cells that are more efficient than those habitually used in the housing industry. These and many other innovations contributed to the plane’s successful flight. Their round-the-world, round-the-clock adventure was thoroughly planned, designed and tested using Dassault Systèmes’ cutting-edge virtual technologies, without which Solar Impulse would have never been able to get off the ground.
CHIDI improves hydropower project efficiency with 3DEXPERIENCE
Chidi: Award-winning hydropower champion
Dams are built to either facilitate navigation or to generate hydroelectric power, an increasingly popular form of green energy. They are massive undertakings that require careful planning and sophisticated design and construction techniques to minimize the harmful effect they can have on the surrounding ecosystem. This is why Dassault Systèmes joined with HYDROCHINA Chengdu Engineering Corporation (HYDROCHINA CHENGDU), a leading hydropower engineering design and consulting firm for hydroelectricity in China and Simu Tech Inc to create a joint research and development center in China. Among the center’s objectives is to streamline design and construction processes, enhance hydropower engineering capabilities, and help minimize the impact on the environment and the surrounding fauna and flora. As HYDROCHINA Chengdu, responsible for designing over 250 hydropower stations in China, expanded its activities nationally and abroad, it adopted virtual technology based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform from Dassault Systèmes to create more precise designs, to simulate construction and operations, to more efficiently manage its projects and to deliver better services to its customers.
Vestas Wind Systems A/S: Powered by the wind and 3DEXPERIENCE
With four fifths of the world’s energy still generated by non-renewables such as coal, gas and oil, the wind is increasingly emerging as a viable clean-energy alternative as illustrated by the rise of wind plant manufacturers like Vestas Wind Systems A/S. By 2020 experts estimate that approximately 10 percent of global electricity consumption will come from wind energy. Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, represents an installed park of more than 54,000 wind turbines globally. With offices in 24 countries and plans to expand even further, Vestas needed to standardize its manufacturing processes to better coordinate people, equipment, tooling and materials across global manufacturing sites and with other departments including maintenance, warehouse and quality assurance. It adopted Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform to create a single virtual manufacturing referential that will promote re-usability, collaboration and greater agility when responding to local requirements.
Virtual simulation helps improve the execution of complex and highly engineered fabrication processes, which reduces the chances of defects in composite blades such as delamination, voids and wrinkles that can drive up the cost of scrap and rework. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform helps remove unpredictability by formalizing manufacturing knowledge and lessons learned into meaningful rules that promote first time right production.
Vestas achieves greater operational efficiency with 3DEXPERIENCE
Akka Research: Inventing mobility's future
The experience economy has transformed the way people interact with the products they buy. “How” has replaced “what” as focus has shifted from the products themselves to the experiences they deliver. As cloud-based services gain ground, connectivity becomes a key part of this experience. For AKKA Research, the mobility experience involves a connected, fully autonomous electric urban vehicle that can communicate with a city’s smart infrastructures and coordinated via sensors and apps running on the cloud.
The company partnered with Dassault Systèmes to address the challenges of a connected mobility market. Using technologies from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, AKKA developed the Link & Go 2.0, a self-driving electric concept car to showcase technological innovations that automotive OEMs can incorporate in their future vehicles. As Philippe Obry, President of AKKA Research said: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
Akka revolutionizes mobility with intellligent, connected concept car
Singapore: Pioneering the urban experience
Can augmented intelligence meet cities’ challenges of sustainability and mobility? One thing is certain, as urban populations continue to grow, the infrastructures and services of today’s cities will no longer meet the needs of its inhabitants who are increasingly green-conscious, connected and social. The Internet of Things and artificial intelligence will enable individuals to not only benefit from new services but to become actors in their city’s evolution by, for example, reporting failing infrastructures, volunteering their assistance, suggesting improvements.
Singapore’s National Research Foundation and Dassault Systèmes have partnered to develop Virtual Singapore, a 3D model of the city, based on Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCity solution powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Digitizing and simulating Singapore’s architecture and infrastructure and combining all this information on one collaborative platform will allow city officials and businesses to make better decisions with respect to urban planning, security, and ecology and provide citizens with a better urban experience. Dassault Systèmes will showcase 3DEXPERIENCity and Virtual Singapore at COP21.
Virtual Singapore addresses urban sustainability challenges
Rennes: planning the future of urban infrastructures
Rennes: Champion of urban sustainability
Closer to home, Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCity Lab created a digital twin of the French city of Rennes - the first of its kind in France - that depicts its architectural layout and infrastructures using the 3D design and virtual simulation features of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Today, more people live in urban areas than in the countryside and as two billion more people will walk the earth by 2050, innovative solutions will be needed to manage water supplies, provide clean air and sustainable energies, deliver efficient mobility services and to ensure the safety of every citizen. The resulting virtual laboratory of the city of Rennes is the foundation on which city actors - construction, energy, water, waste treatment, transportation, communications, and inhabitants - can collaborate and innovate together to plan and build the city of tomorrow. Dassault Systèmes will present the virtual city of Rennes at COP21.