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!



Gehry, CATIA and SolidWorks Strike Again: 8 Spruce Street

By Al

This past summer our CEO Bernard Charles and I had the pleasure of seeing our technology in action in New York City. Formerly known as The Beekman Tower, 8 Spruce Street was designed by the world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and is being developed by Forest City Ratner Corporation or FCRC (see the picture of us with the developer, Bruce Ratner). It is a 76 story skyscraper in lower Manhattan.

When 8 Spruce Street opens next year it will be the tallest residential structure in Manhattan, with sweeping 360 degree views of the city and the harbor. The project includes a public school on the lower floors plus offices and residential space above. The luxury apartments in this building will be some of the most exclusive in New York City.

A few weekends ago The New York Times ran an article on the front page of the Real Estate section entitle “New Gehry Tower Prepares for Renters”.

Gehry Technologies’ functional enhancements to CATIA have been used in its design and construction. The dramatic design of Frank Gehry could never had been realized without Dassault Systemes products.

Don’t take my word for it. Hear Frank Gehry talk about it for yourself  here.

The panels, each one unique, were built by Permasteelisa Group using SolidWorks. You can see in one picture that each panel is laid out in sequence to be put in place. Each is bar-coded to ensure its proper placement in the construction. CATIA was also used to place supports in place (see picture) during the construction. Each support must go from the external supporting structure through only windows and not interfere with the on-going structural construction.

At the end of our visit we stood inside a yet unfinished apartment on the 55th floor and talked with Bruce Ratner about our company and what we do. I demoed 3DVIA Mobile and placed a virtual table on the floor. The result is that FCRC is considering the possibly of using 3DVIA to help them market their apartments.

It made me very proud to experience this example of our products in action. This building will be well known by New Yorkers over time for its unique design and  amazing location in lower Manhattan, just a short walk from Wall Street. This was an exciting experience for me, and a living example of the difference that our products make!

If you’d like more details, here’s a good story on the engineering of the building. It includes references to CATIA and to Solidworks. Also discover Digital Project from CATIA.

What do you think?



Al Bunshaft is managing director for Dassault Systèmes Americas.

La Route du Rhum: Bon Vent Michel!

By Marc

Foncia has been the first IMOCA boat going out of Saint-Malo - photo (c) Windreport'/Team Foncia, used by permission

Today, October 31st, Michel Desjoyeaux and 84 other skippers will leave St Malo for Pointe-a-Pitre in the Caribbeans. According to the boat category, it will take them between 7 days (for the multihulls) and up to 20 days for the smaller boats to cover the 3543 nautical miles of  “la Route du Rhum – la Banque Postale“. But for all, it is a sprint race that will represent a physical and sporting challenge. Good luck to all and may the best one win!

As usually before a race, all the participants are present in the port of departure a few days before. At that occasion, I had the opportunity to meet the team and visit the real boat (that I had only seen virtually). I must say that the boat seemed very familiar to me (if it’s not familiar to you yet, then read this!) Ramping inside reminded me of the online experience I had done earlier. Besides that, I was impressed inside by the noise of the water hitting the boat. I can’t imagine what it must be like in the middle of the ocean. Although I could hardly hear what Michel was saying when I interviewed him, here is a quick question I was able to ask him before his departure.

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The other part that impressed me the most is the number of boats registered for the race: 87 (85 finally participating). There are 3 main categories: Monohulls (55 boats, including Michel’s FONCIA 60 ft.), Multihulls (21 boats) and Catégorie Rhum (11 boats). Here is a picture of the multihulls which, by the way, will be competing for the first time against each other on this race.

The organizers expected over 1 million visitors at the sponsors’ village. The peak is the day of the departure with more than 700 boats following the different participants. Each category start separately. Michel Desjoyeaux and his boat will leave at 1pm on Sunday. This morning in the early hours, FONCIA has been the first IMOCA class boat to leave Saint-Malo harbour (see first post picture).  He is expected in Pointe-a-Pitre in about 12 days. We wish him all the best for this race and will be behind him all the way. As we say in such a situation , “bon vent”!

2PM, Paris Time Update: they’re gone! I can see the boats on France 3, French channel covering the race. I could see Michel on FONCIA several times. The boat seems to go quite well, it looks like a great white bird spreading its wings. I guess Michel is saying to himself  “ça tartine gentiment” (desperate translation attempt: ” it spreads mildly”).

FONCIA starts the Route du Rhum - photo (c) Foncia, used by permission

7:30PM, Paris time Update: FONCIA is second in the IMOCA category 0,4 mile behind Virbac Paprec 3 (Jean-Pierre Dick). Michel has made a pretty good start and is gently navigating at 10.5 knot  (currently the quickest IMOCA boat).

Stay tuned for more news about Michel’s race!

Marc PavageauMarc Pavageau, WW Online MarCom Manager

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