Dassault Systèmes: From the Sky to Infinity

Dassault Systèmes: From the Sky to Infinity

The legendary French company becomes a major virtual pioneer, commits to digital twins, and embraces smart cities

At its Vélizy-Villacoublay facility, on the street named after its precursor Marcel Dassault, the French company Dassault Systèmes presented to the international media its advancements during 2023, a particularly successful year for these visionaries, along with their disruptive projects for the future.

With revenues of 5.7 billion euros in 2022, 22,500 employees, and 300,000 clients in 150 countries, this company, founded in 1981, is among the main players in the innovation ecosystem. Its commitment to the future makes it a major international reference.

Dassault Systèmes is a catalyst for human progress, offering businesses and individuals collaborative virtual environments to envision sustainable innovations. By creating virtual twin experiences of the real world with its 3DEXPERIENCE platform and applications, they redefine the processes of creation, production, and lifecycle management of offerings, significantly impacting the world's sustainability: a human-centered economy for the benefit of all - consumers, patients, and citizens.

For 40 years, Dassault Systèmes has been the catalyst and facilitator of some of the world's greatest technological feats. This technology has transformed how products are designed, produced, and supported, leading to unparalleled industrial innovation in the 21st century. Every day, patients, consumers, and citizens see, use, and experience something conceived, designed, created, and improved with the company's software solutions. This includes cars, shampoo bottles, vaccines, home kitchens, cities, and soon, even human bodies.

Their focus is on three key economic sectors: life sciences and healthcare, manufacturing industries, and infrastructure and cities, with a significant impact on the world of Smart Cities, as demonstrated by their successful presence at the recently held Smart City Expo in Barcelona. Jacques Beltran, Vice President of Cities and Public Services, is responsible for Dassault Systèmes' global business development strategy and solution portfolio in this sector. His role is crucial in accelerating the digital transformation of cities and public administrations by leveraging the power of virtual twins.

By believing in the power of virtual worlds to expand and enhance the real world, they foster a new way of thinking in terms of creation, collaboration, production, and intelligence. This perspective allows for inventing disruptive solutions that can positively impact society while reducing demands on the planet.

Dassault Systèmes was created in 1981 by a small team of engineers from Dassault Aviation, led by Charles Edelstenne. They were developing software for designing wind tunnel models to reduce the wind tunnel test cycle time using 3D surface models.

However, the aerospace industry remained a key focus area, and the company's work with its client Boeing would define a new era of industrial innovation. In 1989, the Boeing 777 became the first commercial airplane to be entirely designed with Dassault Systèmes' 3D DMU technology. This industrial transformation not only influenced the aviation industry in the years to come but also impacted and influenced the progress of all industries in modern society.

Customer Focus

In nearly all presentations, company leaders acknowledged that to help their clients simulate the consumer experience, they must fully understand the most critical business needs of the industries they operate in, their "business experience." By merging people, ideas, and data to capture knowledge and expertise across their ecosystem, their clients can create their own positive business experiences for the end consumer, thereby adding value to their business. Participation and collaboration among all roles within a company drive consumer loyalty, engagement, and value.

The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform and Digital Twin Experiences

The result is "3DEXPERIENCE," the central concept of Dassault Systèmes. In 2012, based on their work in 3D, DMU, and PLM, and recognizing trends, challenges, and customer needs in various industry verticals, the company unveiled its 3DEXPERIENCE business and technology platform to support customers in their processes, aiming to provide rewarding experiences for end users.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is a virtual experience platform that enables businesses to collectively access and apply knowledge and know-how at high speed, and test infinite possibilities for innovation. It represents both an operating system for businesses to manage their operations and a business model for transforming relationships and roles across their value network. Businesses can digitally connect up-stream thinking with design, engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, and ownership. The industry can transform the way it invents, learns, produces, and markets, to create differentiated value and experiences for customers.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables virtual twin experiences: evolving 3D models enriched with data that precisely replicate products, processes, or services, used to test and improve their performance virtually before physically producing them. Virtual twin experiences are based on biology, chemistry, material science, mechanics, and electromagnetism, and integrate 3D modeling, social collaboration, simulation, and information intelligence technologies.

Commitment to Sustainability

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform and digital twin experiences also contribute to Dassault Systèmes' commitment to sustainability, recognizing the role of sustainability as a driver of creation and innovation in the 21st century.

With a population of 7 billion and rising levels of environmental degradation, the world cannot produce and consume in the 21st century the same way it did in the last century. In the Experience Economy, a product cannot be sustainable if its environmental and societal impact is not thoughtfully considered.

Digital twin experiences foster the connection between this Experience Economy and a more circular, low-carbon, and sustainable one. Businesses use them to create innovations that would be prohibitively costly, risky, and complex to develop and test in the physical world. They can measure and optimize the impacts these innovations will have on the planet's ecosystems, while simultaneously reducing their resource consumption and carbon footprint, balancing their "ecological bill": what they take from the planet and what they give back.

With the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, businesses can integrate best practices of sustainable innovation into every aspect of the development process and through to the end of their life cycle: 3D modeling for eco-design, simulation and production for efficient and eco-friendly manufacturing, information intelligence for environmental data management, and social collaboration to manage rapidly evolving demands.

A Future, through the Clouds

The conclusions of the future projects were brilliantly presented at the lunch with journalists by Oliver Ribet, Vice President EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) of the company, while the most magical part, in the laboratory, was conducted by the Director of Innovation Frédéric Vacher, who proved to be a magnificent ambassador for all the new developments Dassault Systemes is facing in the new times, with much attention to the baggage they already carry, positioning themselves as one of the protagonists of the future.

A future worth toasting to. Naturally with a good bottle of Bordeaux wine from Chateau Dassault.

Author: Oscar López, special envoy of The Smart City Journal

Dassault Systèmes: From the Sky to Infinity
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The legendary French company becomes a major virtual pioneer, commits to digital twins, and embraces smart cities

At its Vélizy-Villacoublay facility, on the street named after its precursor Marcel Dassault, the French company Dassault Systèmes presented to the international media its advancements during 2023, a particularly successful year for these visionaries, along with their disruptive projects for the future.

With revenues of 5.7 billion euros in 2022, 22,500 employees, and 300,000 clients in 150 countries, this company, founded in 1981, is among the main players in the innovation ecosystem. Its commitment to the future makes it a major international reference.

Dassault Systèmes is a catalyst for human progress, offering businesses and individuals collaborative virtual environments to envision sustainable innovations. By creating virtual twin experiences of the real world with its 3DEXPERIENCE platform and applications, they redefine the processes of creation, production, and lifecycle management of offerings, significantly impacting the world's sustainability: a human-centered economy for the benefit of all - consumers, patients, and citizens.

For 40 years, Dassault Systèmes has been the catalyst and facilitator of some of the world's greatest technological feats. This technology has transformed how products are designed, produced, and supported, leading to unparalleled industrial innovation in the 21st century. Every day, patients, consumers, and citizens see, use, and experience something conceived, designed, created, and improved with the company's software solutions. This includes cars, shampoo bottles, vaccines, home kitchens, cities, and soon, even human bodies.

Their focus is on three key economic sectors: life sciences and healthcare, manufacturing industries, and infrastructure and cities, with a significant impact on the world of Smart Cities, as demonstrated by their successful presence at the recently held Smart City Expo in Barcelona. Jacques Beltran, Vice President of Cities and Public Services, is responsible for Dassault Systèmes' global business development strategy and solution portfolio in this sector. His role is crucial in accelerating the digital transformation of cities and public administrations by leveraging the power of virtual twins.

By believing in the power of virtual worlds to expand and enhance the real world, they foster a new way of thinking in terms of creation, collaboration, production, and intelligence. This perspective allows for inventing disruptive solutions that can positively impact society while reducing demands on the planet.

Dassault Systèmes was created in 1981 by a small team of engineers from Dassault Aviation, led by Charles Edelstenne. They were developing software for designing wind tunnel models to reduce the wind tunnel test cycle time using 3D surface models.

However, the aerospace industry remained a key focus area, and the company's work with its client Boeing would define a new era of industrial innovation. In 1989, the Boeing 777 became the first commercial airplane to be entirely designed with Dassault Systèmes' 3D DMU technology. This industrial transformation not only influenced the aviation industry in the years to come but also impacted and influenced the progress of all industries in modern society.

Customer Focus

In nearly all presentations, company leaders acknowledged that to help their clients simulate the consumer experience, they must fully understand the most critical business needs of the industries they operate in, their "business experience." By merging people, ideas, and data to capture knowledge and expertise across their ecosystem, their clients can create their own positive business experiences for the end consumer, thereby adding value to their business. Participation and collaboration among all roles within a company drive consumer loyalty, engagement, and value.

The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform and Digital Twin Experiences

The result is "3DEXPERIENCE," the central concept of Dassault Systèmes. In 2012, based on their work in 3D, DMU, and PLM, and recognizing trends, challenges, and customer needs in various industry verticals, the company unveiled its 3DEXPERIENCE business and technology platform to support customers in their processes, aiming to provide rewarding experiences for end users.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is a virtual experience platform that enables businesses to collectively access and apply knowledge and know-how at high speed, and test infinite possibilities for innovation. It represents both an operating system for businesses to manage their operations and a business model for transforming relationships and roles across their value network. Businesses can digitally connect up-stream thinking with design, engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, and ownership. The industry can transform the way it invents, learns, produces, and markets, to create differentiated value and experiences for customers.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables virtual twin experiences: evolving 3D models enriched with data that precisely replicate products, processes, or services, used to test and improve their performance virtually before physically producing them. Virtual twin experiences are based on biology, chemistry, material science, mechanics, and electromagnetism, and integrate 3D modeling, social collaboration, simulation, and information intelligence technologies.

Commitment to Sustainability

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform and digital twin experiences also contribute to Dassault Systèmes' commitment to sustainability, recognizing the role of sustainability as a driver of creation and innovation in the 21st century.

With a population of 7 billion and rising levels of environmental degradation, the world cannot produce and consume in the 21st century the same way it did in the last century. In the Experience Economy, a product cannot be sustainable if its environmental and societal impact is not thoughtfully considered.

Digital twin experiences foster the connection between this Experience Economy and a more circular, low-carbon, and sustainable one. Businesses use them to create innovations that would be prohibitively costly, risky, and complex to develop and test in the physical world. They can measure and optimize the impacts these innovations will have on the planet's ecosystems, while simultaneously reducing their resource consumption and carbon footprint, balancing their "ecological bill": what they take from the planet and what they give back.

With the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, businesses can integrate best practices of sustainable innovation into every aspect of the development process and through to the end of their life cycle: 3D modeling for eco-design, simulation and production for efficient and eco-friendly manufacturing, information intelligence for environmental data management, and social collaboration to manage rapidly evolving demands.

A Future, through the Clouds

The conclusions of the future projects were brilliantly presented at the lunch with journalists by Oliver Ribet, Vice President EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) of the company, while the most magical part, in the laboratory, was conducted by the Director of Innovation Frédéric Vacher, who proved to be a magnificent ambassador for all the new developments Dassault Systemes is facing in the new times, with much attention to the baggage they already carry, positioning themselves as one of the protagonists of the future.

A future worth toasting to. Naturally with a good bottle of Bordeaux wine from Chateau Dassault.

Author: Oscar López, special envoy of The Smart City Journal

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