CATIA Excellence Club | Inspiring people, Energetic Atmosphere and Great Time!

By Oriane

CATIA Excellence Club - Team

People who use CATIA have joined together in user groups all around the world. These groups offer members the opportunity to become friends with other CATIA users, get questions answered, and be represented by a recognized organization discussing with Dassault Systèmes. They are for everyone from first-time users to experts – from every profession, background and age. For the first time, we decided to bring together in the same place leaders of these user groups. We organized a dedicated and very special event for them, the CATIA Excellence Club, which took place in Paris from July 17 to July 18, 2014.

CATIA Excellence Club is a two days event where CATIA professionals, leaders and enthusiasts come together to share ideas, meet peers, form teams, understand and overcome challenges user groups face every day.

CATIA Excellence Club aims to help founders prepare for upcoming challenges they might face and support them in sharing fresh, new and up-to-date content with their CATIA users local community. Together with them, will find solutions to their issues or ideas they can implement easily!

From presentations to brainstorming sessions the event was composed from multiple experiences. Indeed, our user groups leaders got to have interesting discussions, listened and participated in workshops lead by CATIA experts, as well as an intimated dinning on a boat trip over the Seine in Paris.

Sounds cool isn’t it? Discover the atmosphere in the photos below:

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CATIA Community Conference is our greatest opportunity to meet with the community and make their voice heard. It was a real pleasure for us to organize a memorable experience for everyone. Thank you to the user groups leaders who gave a speech and to our entire community for being so wonderfully energetic and excited!

We look forward to seeing everyone for the next one – wherever in the world it may be!

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The Voice of Experience: SHoP Architects and SHoP Construction

By Akio

Architecture is a highly collaborative business

Keeping numerous stakeholders – owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, utilities, permitting agencies, fabricators, suppliers and subcontractors – on the same page is a daunting task.

With so many players, the industry’s traditional, tried-and-true method for communication has been to develop dense and detailed drawing packages, which are then rolled into tubes and delivered by courier or overnight mail. As soon as drawings are received changes occur, requiring the revision, production and delivery of an entirely new set.

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Today, with international projects and teams spread across the globe, such as they are for the Botswana Innovation Hub in Gaborone, the importance of having an efficient and effective system for project communication is greater than ever.

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#DDay, Innovation Day

By Aurelien

For the 70th Anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy, better known as D-Day, our Passion For Innovation Institute created a tribute to the engineers of the Normandy landings. To learn more about the back-story of this project, I sat down with Marie-Pierre Aulas, who worked on the D-Day project as the producer.

Q: How did you manage to find archived drawings for modeling the Normandy landings?

This was probably the most challenging part of the project! Let me share an anecdote; when we worked with the Royal Engineers Museum in London to pull from the archives of the Mulberry-B Harbour, we found that the index of the archive was lost! Until then, no one had tried to explore them since the end of WWII. Dealing with thousands of archive pieces without an index was extremely difficult, especially given the time constraints we had. So we chose to focus on the engineering details of the Mulberry-B, such as the anchors and mobile binding system of its floating roadway.

In other instances, we only had scans to work with, and some of them were of very bad quality and could barely be read at all.

Q: It seems that you worked with a lot of stakeholders!

As you can imagine, pieces of content found their way to many different places after WWII, ending up in the hands of museums as well as individuals and associations. So we worked with various museums, libraries and associations across the US, UK and France.  We actually found very valuable information from fan clubs thanks to very passionate people! Here are a couple examples:

We worked with the Challenge LCVP to model the Landing Craft, Vehicle & Personnel (LCVP):

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For the Waco CG-4A Glider, we worked with the Silent Wings Museum:

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And for modeling the Mulberry-B Harbour, we worked with the Royal Engineers Museum in London.

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Here is the complete list of museums and associations we worked with:

Q: What has been the impact of this project so far? What are the next steps?

The TV documentaries we contributed to were broadcast in the past weeks in the US (PBS: 5M audience), France (France3 TV channel: 3.1M audience, trending topic on Twitter)  and other countries. DVDs of these documentaries are also available, as well as a book in French, and an exhibition of 3D experiences in the Cité de la Mer museum in Cherbourg, France.

We’re also hosting an immersive virtual reality center on the Ouistreham beach with interactive 3D tables, a 3D cave, and Oculus Rift experiences.

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Beyond education for the general public, uncovering the archives and bringing them to life with virtual reality has helped with the awareness of the Normandy landings site; the Mulberry-B Harbour is now an official UNESCO World Heritage candidate.

You can see more of the recreations and the project on the Dassault Systemes’ D-Day site.



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