Harvard Gets Immersive VR with Giza 3D

By Kate

Peter Der Manuelian tells me that Giza 3D at Harvard’s immersive virtual reality Viz Center is up and running, and the 170 undergraduate students in his “Pyramid Schemes” Egyptian archaeology class are loving it!

Here’s a 30 second sneak into the classroom:

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And for a more in depth idea of the content being shared and discussed in the Viz Center, here’s a Peter-guided video though and early version of Giza 3D. 

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I’d love to hear from any of you Harvard students or faculty who’ve tested the experience.  In real life, how is it?


P.S. For more information about Giza 3D, you may enjoy this blogpost.

Dymola Libraries in Action:CATIA V6

By Caroline

Hey there! My name is Caroline Heleu and I’m an intern with the CATIA Product Introduction team.  Over the coming weeks I’ll be sharing some of my top product demo videos and interviews with their makers.  I’d like to begin with Dymola and what I learned by speaking with Fabrice Pinot, one of our systems engineers.

The video by Roberto Licata is about CATIA V6R2011 SYSTEMS New Dymola Libraries

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This is a feature-based video we posted on YouTube to illustrate what the new release of CATIA is bringing. In this example, we are delivering new goodness for systems engineering. It mostly shows the additional libraries that contain behaviors you can apply on your geometry. Thanks to this you can simulate these behaviors in 3D.

Of course you can mix different physical aspects in your 3D.  All this is based on complex mathematical equations; physical phenomena are described using equations to conveniently model complex physical systems containing for example mechanical, electrical, electronic, hydraulic, etc.

What you see in this video is not a simple animation; this is a true simulation, based on these mathematical equations.

We have been able to model an ABS system on one of the 2 SUV’s. You can clearly see in 3D how each SUVs reacts.  The one with ABS simply stops but the other one skids, loses control and rolls over. And the video shows the user modeling and actually “putting” the behaviors on the different part of the breaking system down to the suspension, then simulating these SUVs in a specific environment, here on a slippery road.

I’d like to highlight another point Fabrice made.  Thanks to Dymola, you don’t need to use additional systems engineering software to test scenarios like before.  Staying within the CATIA V6 environment you can do achieve this process.

That’s all folks!


Caroline Heleu is interning with CATIA.

Live @ ENOVIA’s Collaborative Innovation Forum #CIF2010

By Kate

Something hot is happening at ENOVIA today, and I don’t want you to miss it!  Key PLM customers and innovation bloggers are gathering in Tampa to discuss open innovation, crowdsourcing and the future of PLM. 

Watch the discussions and content unfold before your eyes on this URL featuring live blogging, tweeting, and Web stream.  It’s a digital gold mine for anything related to collaborative innovation.

And even better, jump in with your thoughts and questions!




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