Mobi3 Moments: Snippets from a DS Project Manager

By Charles

I’ve been involved in the Mobi3 project for 9 months and wanted to share some moments. But first, if you don’t know what is Mobi3, here’s a 1 minute video that recaps the project:

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Here’s a look at my Mobi3 perspectives, journal style:

May 28th, 2009: Paris

9:30 a.m., @ the IBM tower. As a representative of Dassault Systèmes, I’m here to evaluate one year of work and research made by kids chosen among 120 middle school students from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Paris.

Final presentaion in Paris

Final presentaion in Paris

10:00 a.m., The first group enters the room to present its project. The goal: discover the product design and development process of a mobile phone. I’m very surprised by their easiness to present their new phone in front of a jury of professionals from companies such as SFR, Nokia, Dassault Systèmes, DLA Piper… I’m also impressed by their ability to explain in details each phase of the conception: from design to manufacturing through intellectual property and commercialization.

12:00 a.m., lunch break: I decide to join a group of students talking about their performance. They seem very proud and happy to have accomplished something: They started with this mission a year ago and went through several steps from visiting each partner company to the conception of their mobile phone, at least the 3D model. During our conversations, the students told me that they would like to use 3DVIA Shape for their personal use. Eh hop! On top of catching their interest for this project, they are now personally implicated and ready to learn, work, and play in 3D!

Vsiti of the Nokia Design Studio in London

Nokia Design Studio Visit in London

July 2nd, 2009: London

9:00 a.m., @ Piccadilly Circus. We are on the verge of visiting the Nokia Design Lab. The 2009 winning team is very excited to see and to present their project in front of professionals and discover how these people are working for real!

2:00 p.m. @ The London Eye: After a great presentation in English in front of Nokia designers, it’s time to have fun! In the London Eye, the winning team is exploring London and congratulates themselves for this great success!

Bravo kids! I’m very proud of you!


Charles Bonnassieux works in Dassault Systèmes’ Academic department.

What Will “Green” Look Like in Our Future?

By Cliff

What will “Green” look like in our future?

What will be the breakthroughs in technology be in our future that will make our would more sustainable?

“Going Green” and “Sustainable” are common terms that have been used, and over-used. And we have seen the world making more of an effort to help with sustainable efforts. But where are the big breakthroughs in technology to help us become more sustainable? Dassault Systèmes believes one way to look into the future for new sustainable solutions is visualizing it…in 3D.

This video message from Bruno Delahaye (actually his avatar) uses TVnima to explain what Dassault Systèmes is doing to help the world become more sustainable.

Dem Dry Bones Can Be Painful

By Tim

As kids, I am sure many of us were encouraged to sing the old spiritual tune “Dem Dry Bones.” The song was not only supposed to be fun, it’s educational. Remember…
The toe bone’s connected to the heel bone,
The heel bone’s connected to the foot bone,
The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone…

Bioengineering researchers must have taken the song to heart, because they want to know how all 206 adult human bones are connected, how they help us move; how they protect our organs, how they break, and thankfully, how they can be healed. The research studies being conducted, with the help of Abaqus FEA, are complex and extensive. They are also vitally important in helping to discover innovative treatments for ailing bones.

Courtesy Harvard University
Harvard University

Researchers at the Harvard Medical School joined with engineers from Foster-Miller, Inc, to study the load bearing capacity of the spine subjected to vertebrae fractures caused by metastasis. Their study combines MRI results with Abaqus FEA to evaluate the fracture and failure processes caused by tumors in the spine. The goal is to leverage their research  to guide clinical decisions related to surgery and patient care.  You can also view a poster on their study at the SIMULIA academic web page. 

Courtesy Hong Kong Polytechnic Universit

Hong Kong Polytechnic Universit

According to the Podiatry Channel website  The foot and ankle contain 26 bones, 33 joints; more than 100 muscles, tendons. I can see why bioengineers are intrigued by the challenge of understanding out how this complex system functions.  The paper from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University describes the highly detailed Abaqus FEA models that they created to gain a better understanding of how to protect our feet and ankles from injury.


Courtesy Cedarville University

Cedarville University

A group of undergraduate engineering students at Cedarville University used Abaqus to model the push-out load between a hip prosthesis stem and bone during a senior design project. Their paper outlines how the analysis results, when used along with a device that maps out the geometry of the femoral intramedullary canal, could aid orthopedic surgeons in  prosthesis size selection during hip replacement surgery. 



Courtesy Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic are also using Abaqus to analyze feet. They are assessing the risk of foot ulcerations in patients with diabetic neuropathy. In their study, they analyzed how bone position effects plantar pressure distribution which be used to guide the design of therapeutic footwear. 

I continue to be amazed at how researchers and medical companies are using Abaqus to analyze every part of the human body and discover innovative treatments to improve our health care. 

Feel free to share your thoughts on Life Sciences with me. I plan to tackle other industry topics in coming posts.



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