The Living Heart Project: Remarkable Progress Achieved Through a Common Goal to Improve Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes

By Helene

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Steve Levine, Chief Strategy Officer for SIMULIA Dassault Systèmes, is passionate about bringing cutting edge technologies from different disciplines to doctors and the patients they treat. In a recent recorded presentation at the 3DEXPERIENCE Forum in November 2014, Levine outlined the need for utilizing these technologies to build better human anatomical models, stating that 95% of all medical devices released to the public have never been tested on the human body.

The Living Heart Project was launched publicly in May 2014 to develop the world’s first realistically functioning computer model of the human heart. This project has made tremendous progress, and the video referenced above includes Levine and Dassault Systèmes President and CEO Bernard Charlès announcing a 5 year collaboration with the Food and Drug Association to develop cardiovascular testing paradigms.

The Living Heart Project relied on Dassault Systemes 3DEXPERIENCE platform to bring together more than 100 cardiovascular specialists from 30 organizations to develop and test the model. In the video, Levine commented that at the outset, bringing together researchers, doctors, medical device companies, and regulatory agencies was a challenging task as information is siloed. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform allowed the specialists to crowdsource the heart model, with each bringing their expertise without sacrificing intellectual property.

The video shows impressive visualizations of The Living Heart model that are, pardon the pun, heart stopping. Levine points out in his presentation that it is the first four chambered 3D heart model that is based on commercially available, validated technology. He also showed that the model can be viewed in different ways, highlighting mechanical stresses important for indications such as heart failure as well as visualizing electrical conductivity which is important for studying heart arrhythmia. Levine also showed how collaborations within Dassault Systèmes were instrumental to visualize The Living Heart in 3D, as a “walk in” model. Additionally, 3DEXCITE provided true to life coloring and features to aid medical students and surgeons.

Levine went on to tell the story of Emily, a girl born with a heart that is literally “backwards,” with right and left ventricles transposed. As the earlier 3D models Levine showed in the presentation illustrated, the heart is not symmetrical, so this defect has caused Emily to have 4 pacemakers by the age of 20. In May 2014 an animated video showed Emily’s story and how the The Living Heart would help diagnose and treat her. Emily’s story is particularly touching for Levine to relay, and the reasons are best explained by him, so we encourage you to watch the entire video of his talk to learn why.

Levine talked about the collection of resources available at 3ds.com/heart which helped to describe the vision of the Living Heart Project to collaborators and to illustrate their progress.  He sees the project as a model to unite other healthcare specialists, medical device companies and regulatory bodies to collaborate around aspects of human anatomy or disease models. The 5 year collaboration with the FDA will increase the number of participating organizations from 30 to 100 and will continue to involve the Medical Device Innovation Consortium of which Dassault Systèmes is a key sponsor.

SOLIDWORKS and PLM: No Fear Required

By Matthew

ENOVIA to SOLIDWORKS

Thinking about using SOLIDWORKS in a PLM environment? As FDR once said “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself’. The biggest fear is that your designers will revolt in the face of having to work inside a complex management environment that will force them to change the way they work.

We get this. PLM systems are typically complex and require your users to spend an inordinate amount of time on non-value added activities, such as ‘check-in’ and ‘check-out’. And why should a designer change the way they work? They have already established practices and methods that have helped them to be innovative and productive. I would not want to be the IT person telling them that they now have extra work to do!

At Dassault Systèmes, our 3DEXPERIENCE platform offers a fresh approach to this problem. Recognizing that our existing Enterprise PDM solution has been greatly accepted by the design community, the same R&D group has designed a new product that offers the usability of EPDM but actually stores the data in a broader and more capable PLM solution. The result is the SOLIDWORKS Collaborative Innovation Connector, a product that works and acts much like a workgroup solution would but gives the designer just enough access to the PLM functionality to innovate their processes beyond what they can do today in a PDM environment.

If you’ve can give us 6 minutes, we’d love to show you how SOLIDWORKS connected to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can help increase productivity and design collaboration within design and across the enterprise. Join us for a webinar on this solution at: http://www.3ds.com/products-services/enovia/resources/enovia-solidworks-connector/

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Also, please register for SOLIDWORKS World 2015 that will be held in Phoenix, Arizona: Feb 8-11.  The registration page for that event is still open and as a registered attendee, you are eligible to join the ENOVIA Collaborative Design with SOLIDWORKS User Group Meeting that will be held on Feb 9, 12pm – 1:30pm.  Register for that event at this link.

At this ENOVIA/SOLIDWORKS user group meeting, you can meet ENOVIA experts from Dassault Systèmes, other experts from around the world and share your thoughts, experiences and get questions answered from the assembled experts!

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Hope to see you in Phoenix!  :D

Matthew J. Hall

Matthew J. Hall

Matthew Hall is the ENOVIA User Advocacy & Social EXPERIENCE Specialist.  You can find him on Twitter at @mjhall. Connect with ENOVIA at @3DSENOVIA

BIM and Façade Design: Technological Implications [Whitepaper]

By Akio

The following is the introductory section of “Technological Changes Brought by BIM to Façade Design”

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With the continuous progress of building industry technologies and people’s constant pursuit of sustainable buildings, Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been a new subject heatedly discussed and explored in the building industry.

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Thanks to its advantages of visualization, coordination, simulation, optimization, and drawing-making, BIM has sparked great changes in engineering construction, and is becoming widely popular in Asian countries.

Countries including the U.S., the U.K., Singapore, South Korea, and Japan have issued BIM guidance standards for the application and development of BIM.

BIM has played a huge role in the construction of many complex projects, such as Shanghai Tower (the world’s second-tallest building with a height of 632 meters), Shanghai Disney Resort (wining the U.S. AIA 2014 award for BIM application), and Tokyo Sky Tree (the world’s tallest tower at 634 meters).

Architectural envelopes are the coat of a building, organically integrating building aesthetics, building function, building energy efficiency, building structure, and other factors.

Today architectural envelopes of different materials and in different structural forms have been seen all over the world. Architectural envelopes are synonymous with grandeur, elegance, and modernity, and become an important symbol and outstanding feature of a modern metropolis.

Although central to the building industry, façade fabrication has roots in the machine manufacturing industry, and is the most cross-disciplinary branch in the AEC industry.

In design, manufacturing, and installation, the architect’s tireless artistic pursuit and the continuing emergence of urban complexes and super high-rise buildings give façade design technology plenty of space to play its role, and the advent of BIM brings good opportunities for the development of façade design engineering.

Screen-Shot-2014-12-23-at-1.55.20-PM-225x300This paper will mainly analyze the application of BIM in façade design, discuss the advantages and challenges of BIM, and give the prospects for the technological changes brought by BIM to the whole industrial chain of façade design, fabrication, and installation.

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