Infographic: Paris 3D Story

By Muriel

The story could begin like a tale “Once upon a time, men who built Paris day after day, decade after decade, century after century…”, but in our case the story is told differently. It goes back in time and shows Paris in 3D to live a unique experience that allows us to discover and understand how historic monuments have shaped this extraordinary city.

Whether we are visitors, readers, historians, experts, technicians, directors, actors or Internet users, we were hundreds of thousands aficionados have participated in the Paris 3D adventure. This great 3D Experience continues and offers virtual immersion into the heart of Paris at different times, ranging from Gallic period to the late 19th century. Famous Parisian monuments already digitized in 3D for Paris 3D will be regularly enriched with new 3D historic buildings to enhance the virtual mock-up representing the real World Heritage sites now shared anywhere at any time.

Although one of the adventure highlight was the live Paris 3D event on September 29, 2012 in front of the Paris City Hall with 15,000 visitors, films co-produced by Gedeon programmes, Planete+ and Dassault Systèmes, a book edited by Flammarion, and online and iPad applications are still generating growing public interest (Paris 3D video). As of today, the iPad application has been downloaded 130,000 times and the dedicated Paris 3D website has seen 350,000 visits. The attached infographic illustrates Paris 3D experiences where figures and information represent people involved as well as technical and historical topics. Enjoy the picture!

I confess that one of my favorite monuments in Paris is the Eiffel Tower, not very original :-) . What is you preferred one and does the 3D Experience increase your passion for it?

Win 3 Augmented Reality 3D Experience Comic Books!

By Aurelien

As a follow-up to previous post “The Missing Piece between Comics and Animation”, here are the three questions for you to win 3 Augmented Reality 3D Experience Comic Books by François Schuiten “La Douce”:

  1. What is the name of the industrial designer of the Type 12 locomotive? (expected answer : first name + last name)
  2. What is the year when the 12.004 locomotive was in service for the last time? (expected answer : four-digit year)
  3. What is the name of the Belgian consortium who built the Type 12 locomotive? (expected answer : name)

You may answer by replying on this blog post (as a comment), on our Facebook page, or to our twitter account @Dassault3DS. First (chronological order according to timestamps) to give the right answer for each of the questions will win a comic book :)

Hint: all answers can be found in the previous post (and in links within the post) ;)

Note: Dassault Systèmes’ employees are not entitled to win.

Good luck!

Edit 5/4 @ 15:14 : game over, all 3 comic books were won on Facebook (see post), congrats to the three winners!

The right answers were:

  1. André Huet (source). It was not Raoul Notesse, who was actually the engineer, not the industrial designer.
  2. 1985 (source). It was not 1962 but 1985 the very last time the restored 12.004 ran before being kept at the museum.
  3. Cockerill (source). The gold plaque on the locomotive says “Consortium belge de constructeurs de locomotives COCKERILL – 1939″


The Missing Piece between Comics and Animation

By Aurelien

If you’re a fan of Belgian comics, you probably noticed the recent introduction of “La douce”, François Schuiten’s latest piece of artwork. But did you notice that the author’s editor Casterman partnered with Dassault Systèmes to transform the comic book into a 3D augmented reality experience? Better than any amount of words, check out the video below and you’ll instantly get what I’m talking about. Definitely the missing piece between comics and animation! :)

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Now the beauty is, it’s not just about plain 3D animation. A passionate team of volunteers at Dassault Systèmes accurately modeled the 12.004 locomotive starting from 2D drawings all the way to the final 3D mock-up including kinematics. Knowing that only 6 of the Type 12 locomotive were ever produced and that the 12.004 is the only one left today (kept in a museum in Louvain), this is an amazing way to give this incredible piece of engineering work a new birth.

If you stay tuned, I’ll come up very soon with 3 questions for you to WIN 3 comic books “La douce”! OK, those will be in French (translations pending) but the 3D experience goes beyond the barriers of language, doesn’t it? ;)

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