PLM in the Kitchen

By Francois Bouffard

Francois Bouffard_PLM in the Kitchen

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a team building activity at DS Campus in Vélizy, France.  Participants were grouped into small teams to cook desserts for the rest of the group. This was an interesting proposition as most of us knew how to cook (eggs and toast!!!) but not French cuisine sweeties.

tuile chocolatAfter dressing up like a real chef with the apron and hat, we received instructions from the pastry chef, mainly explaining the order of mixing the ingredients to make ‘’Tuiles’’ (tiles). Being francophone but from the other side of the ocean, I had no clue of what the end result was supposed to look  like!

The mixing part went very well as my partner melted the butter perfectly. However when the time came to spread the mixture on the baking sheet, we did it with too much thickness. The pastry chef got upset because we put on too much batter, saying the result would not be great.

preparation on cooking plate-1He was right.  After being cooked, the  ‘’Tuiles’’ were all mixed up into one big tile. We had to rework and correct the result by hand cutting the right portion to finally giving the acceptable shape. Overall they tasted good but the shapes were original and probably could have been  called New Cuisine!!!

After this nice team building exercise, I thought that this experience could  have been an excellent opportunity to use some of Dassault Systèmes’ PLM  solutions to get better results.

In fact, if the pastry chef would have showed us the virtual representation of the ‘’Tuiles’’ before we started,  using 3DVIA per example, then we would have a better idea of  the expected end result. (See What You Mean!). In addition, we could have used ENOVIA to manage the ingredients, tools and equipment to be used and thus creating a little BOM.  Work instructions, which were sometimes difficult to understand, could have been showed using 3DVIA Composer, and finally DELMIA  for simulating the work process in its entirety.

You may think that I am exaggerating by pushing the use of PLM in a kitchen. Maybe . . . but this is a simple example that demonstrates that if we could use it there, then we could and we should use it  everywhere.

Francois headshotBon appétit!


Francois Bouffard works for Dassault Systèmes North America and specializes in the Consumer Goods, Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail industries.

You Are Oblong

By Kate
Photo by Barry Goyette

Photo by Barry Goyette

I’m in love . . . with the future of GUI.  This future that dismisses carpal tunnel syndrome and gets the whole body involved in digital data. 

I see it as liberation.  How tired are we all from hour after hour of desk + computer screen + mouse?  Life is best experienced, not watched on a screen and awkwardly shifted through with a cursor. 

Thanks to Benoit (remember Mr. Flashy and Capture the Motion Commotion?), today I came across Oblong’s g-speak spatial operating environment video.  Turn up your volume and listen well to fully get into the emotion of this video.  Does it make you fall in love as well?

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Notice the sign language used to interact with the data.  It looks a bit like a free-style modern dance performance.  I love it because it links our most powerful communication system, body language, to the power of computers.  And as Richard pointed out in his blogpost Say It in 3D!, body language is our natural 3D language. 

I went nuts when I read Oblong’s origins webpage.  They really go full out to communicate differently.  They are profound, yet understandable.  Here’s a tiny sample of excerpts from the orgins link that struck me:

Substantial swaths of human brain are dedicated to understanding space, understanding geometry, understanding physical structure. A cartoon of a messy desk surface doesn’t much tax these swaths. The swaths can work harder, ought to be made to. You propose that information — and maybe especially the newly-blooming internet — has a topology but not yet a topography.

 . . . and  . . .

This does not mean that the graphics should look more like the real world. Your brain does not actually care about that. It means that perhaps the graphics should behave more like the real world.

If you’re into this kind of stuff, or even if you don’t think you are but liked The Minority Report, you’ll really dig reading about Luminous Rooms and the I/O Bulb. 

What I like best is that Oblong doesn’t present itself as About Us.  Oblong on its deepest level is About You.  YOU are the interface.  You Are Oblong. 

Hoot if you like this too!



Ethereal Interactive Art for Your Friday!

By Kate

If your Fridays are anything like mine, you always have lots to do work-wise, but boy is it tough.  Our brains, souls and bodies are dang tired by the time Friday happens.

Which is why I thought you might enjoy a little art therapy this afternoon!

Look what I stumbled across today, an ethereal immersive interactive art experience! ( I was going to add the adjectives 3D and musical too, but well, five adjectives are a little much, don’t you think?)

Turn up your volume and check out what the students of Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France have created!

“Immersive Music Painter”

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I think they’ll be at Laval Virtual.  BTW, so will I; more on that soon.

Bon weekend,


P.S.  Are you interested in more posts on 3D and interactive art?

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