Saturday, July 26, 2014

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Jaguar bringing augmented reality to driving

Posted: 25 Jul 2014 09:00 AM PDT

The Virtual Windscreen uses the entire windshield as a head-up display.  Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) are in the "performance driving" segment of the auto market, a competitive space where the vendors are always looking for an edge. JLR thinks part of that edge in the future will be to offer its customers an augmented reality [...]

Friday, July 25, 2014

Can 3D Technology Spawn Better Athletes?

Can 3D Technology Spawn Better Athletes?

Can 3D Technology Spawn Better Athletes?

Posted: 25 Jul 2014 07:21 AM PDT

Sports performance

Over the last few decades, technological advancements in sport have been moving the benchmark of human limitations. Some ways are easy to understand: fiberglass poles became more flexible allowing vaulters to reach new heights; replacing wooden tennis rackets with ones made of fiberglass and graphite improved accuracy; swimming bodysuits were developed to reduce drag.

But while these advances may have been game changing at the time, a new era of technology has arrived that seeks to lift the lid off the secrets to our biomechanics and help push both professional and amateur athletes to greater heights.

In every sport, and at every level, companies are now supplying equipment, clothing and gadgets in a bid to revolutionize the way professionals and amateurs train, compete and recuperate.

Personalized Footwear

Sports performance

As an example, in recent years, a growing consumer appetite for customization has seen sports brands embrace technology in order to create the perfect footwear for individuals. While it is already possible to go online or into a shop to choose the color and design of shoes, 3D modeling and printing technology is now being used to mold and shape footwear for customers to create the definitive personalized design.

Next Up: 3D Modeling for the Masses

3D modeling sole

Although professional athletes have greater support and access to use and trial these kinds of technologies, Susan Olivier, vice president of consumer goods and retail at Dassault Systèmes, believes 3D modeling techniques will soon be readily available to the public.

"The cost and size of 3D scanning is going down dramatically. I can imagine in three to five years that before shopping we will visit a booth that scans our feet and other body parts. Then we can take the scan to our favorite sports outlet who will be able to design equipment, clothing and footwear to our specifications," says Olivier.

Want to learn more? We invite you to watch the video below co-produced by Dassault Systèmes and the BBC Commercial Advertising Production team that shares some specific stories of  how technology is helping both professional and everyday athletes race towards perfection.

Click here to view the embedded video.

You can also read more about in an article published on the BBC’s website.  This article includes examples such as how Olympians like Usain Bolt are benefitting from 3D technology mapping human motion to help athletes gain split second advantage and at the same time protect themselves from injury.

NOTE: The article and video were first published as an Advertisement Feature on BBC’s website and were created by the BBC Advertising Commercial Production team in partnership with Dassault Systèmes.

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Autodesk Webinar Series

Posted: 25 Jul 2014 03:21 PM PDT

You're invited! Please join us for the Autodesk® AutoCAD® and AutoCAD LT® Webinar: 'Precision Drafting: Object Snaps and Object Tracking'

Date & Time: July 31 2014 @ 2:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM CT / 11:00 AM PT

For more information visit Precision Drafting: Object Snaps and Object Tracking

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“Other” revenue uptick helps Dassault Systèmes second quarter

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 04:02 PM PDT

Revenue from primary brands posted single-digit growth. Net income was down 18% due to aggressive acquisitions.   By Randall S. Newton Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: DSY.PA) posted modest year-over-year growth in the second quarter, buoyed by revenue from new acquisitions and a big spike in services revenue. Total revenue for the quarter (ending June 30, [...]

PTC revenue up 6% in third quarter

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 02:43 PM PDT

The CAD/PLM vendor makes another acquisition in the Internet of Things. Customers are finally buying into Creo with gusto.  By Randall S. Newton PTC (Nasdaq: PTC) today reported third quarter results at the high end of its previous guidance, with revenue of $336.6 million, up 6.66% from the year-ago quarter. Growth was strong in its [...]

Thursday, July 24, 2014

“Dassault Systèmes Welcomes Quintiq!” plus 1 more

“Dassault Systèmes Welcomes Quintiq!” plus 1 more

Dassault Systèmes Welcomes Quintiq!

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 08:54 AM PDT

Quintiq acquisition

We’re delighted to announce earlier today the acquisition of Quintiq, a global leader in supply chain operations planning & optimization. Quintiq comes as a great new addition to the DELMIA Brand, which already saw its scope extended after the acquisition of Apriso last year, bringing the world of Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM).

Who is Quintiq?

Founded in 1997 and headquarted in The Netherlands, Quintiq brings the expertise of just over 800 employees in 16 offices spanning from the US to Europe, Asia and Australia. Quintiq is not only among the global leaders in Supply Chain Management, but has demonstrated a tremendous growth dynamic in the past years (the fastest growing company in the SCM space).



What does Quintiq do?

I found the Slideshare below very interesting to get an understanding of the context and rationale behind the need for customer-centric supply chain management:

With this context in mind, Quintiq solves complex business operations planning challenges ranging from…

Quintiq coverage

Watch this video to see more examples of the operations covered by Quintiq:

Click here to view the embedded video.

What does Quintiq bring to 3DS and the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform?

Dassault Systèmes’ goal is to enable our clients “to create delightful experiences for their ultimate customers or consumers”. Quintiq complements our existing offering to help our clients deliver the perfect end-user experience, on time, on cost and on expectation. In fact, the value Quintiq brings to the 3DEXPERIENCE is so significant that we decided to evolve DELMIA’s current footprint in the world of production into “Global Industrial Operations”.

From an industry coverage perspective, Quintiq increases DELMIA's offerings for new industries such as primary metals, mining, oil & gas, rail, logistics, and workforce-intensive services industries (such as delivery, rail transportation or air traffic control).

You can find back Quintiq on social networks on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Lean Construction Saves Costs, Improves Bottom Line

Posted: 24 Jul 2014 05:03 AM PDT

Construction Cranes

Cost Savings from Lean Projects and Contractor Profit Margins

Given the importance of project profitability in helping to drive the adoption of Lean practices, it is critical to understand how individual players benefit from the efficiencies achieved in pursuing Lean.

Do the savings achieved improve the bottom line of the firm implementing Lean, or do they get passed along to their clients, whether that is general contractors or owners?

General (71%) and trade (72%) contractors who have implemented at least one key Lean practice agree that the savings they see from using Lean practices contributes to their bottom line and project profitability.

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Savings From Lean Contribute to Firm's Bottom Line

Less than 10% of either general or trade contractors disagree that the savings are contributing to their bottom line.

In addition, 59% of general contractors find that the adoption of Lean practices by their subcontractors increases their profit on projects.

This finding makes sense, given the fact that the best approach to Lean is when all project team members participate, which makes scheduling and other factors more reliable.

Adoption of Lean Practices by Subcontractors Increases GC's Profit Margins

Trade contractors in the in-depth interviews value their ability to be competitive and win business more highly than increased profit margins, so their business benefits from their ability to help the general contractor achieve a higher profit margin. One also reports that instead of increased profit margins, they now experience a consistent, reliable profit on projects, which they find to be even more valuable (see In-Depth Interview Findings: Benefits of Adopting Lean Techniques).

In the survey, general contractors also place a high value on their ability to compete.

41% agree that they benefit more from competitive pricing to owners on their Lean projects than they do from a direct increase in profitability, compared with just 14% who disagree.

This is a critical finding because it demonstrates that even firms that do not experience significant increases in profit from their adoption of Lean still experience strong business benefits.

General contractors who self-perform their own trades, however, have very different opinions on a few key points than general contractors that do not.

Even though the number of Lean respondents who do not self-perform some trades is too small to be statistically significant, there are clear trends that can be seen in the responses. They demonstrate that contractors who self-perform their own trades are more likely to see direct profits from their Lean efforts and more likely to find those profits valuable than the competitive edge they are afforded by Lean.

Adoption of Lean Increases Profit Margins on Projects

  • Self-Perform Work: 68%
  • Do Not Self-Perform Work: 39%

It is possible that firms that self-perform their own trades are able to better control their profit margins, similar to the trade contractor in the in-depth interviews, than those that do not, which could account for this finding.

Source: Lean Construction SmartMarket Report, 2013. Excerpt courtesy of McGraw Hill Construction.

Learn more about the Lean Construction 3DEXPERIENCE® Solution from Dassault Systemes.

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Google acquires mobile 3D graphics expert drawElements

Posted: 23 Jul 2014 10:03 AM PDT

Android gains a way to standardize 3D graphics, testing for OpenGL/OpenCL compliance.  Google has purchased drawElements, a Finnish software company with tools for testing the accuracy of OpenGL ES and OpenCL GPUs running on mobile devices. Terms were not disclosed, but various sites reporting on the deal speculate Google may have paid an eight-figure sum. [...]

Encoded puppets for 3D animation modeling

Posted: 23 Jul 2014 08:05 AM PDT

The Interactive Geometry Lab at ETH Zurich designs a new way to move and post virtual characters. By Jon Peddie Trying to ma­nipulate and move a model, or an idea, that's in 3D while dealing with a 2D screen has never been easy. Various at­tempts have been made to give design­ers a 3D control or [...]

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

An Open Dialogue about Cloud Security

An Open Dialogue about Cloud Security

An Open Dialogue about Cloud Security

Posted: 23 Jul 2014 02:24 AM PDT

Secure cloud

Back in Feburary of 2014, Dassault Systèmes introduced a disruptive change to how we go to market by putting 3DEXPERIENCE Platform on the cloud. That could be a scary prospect if you are not familiar with either why we did this or how we are securing your collaboration on the cloud, so the intention here is to provide a light introduction and point you to some materials that could help make you reassured.

Introducing the 3DEXPERIENCE on the Cloud

Let's start with a quote from Bernard Charlès from July 2013:

The cloud is a way of working. It is where consumers voice their needs, their ideas, their feedback. It is where innovation is fostered and ideas take hold. The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform reveals and delivers that potential. It gives our customers a holistic, unified view of their business and ecosystem to create better experiences for their end-consumers.

What I feel Bernard is trying to say is that by de-coupling experience creation from a static On Premise deployment, we are able to offer 3DEXPERIENCE Platform in a software-as-a-service manner using elastic cloud-based resources. This allows for better social interaction between producers and consumers, more mobility for users of the platform, and significant reductions in the Total Cost of Ownership for the solution.

A Definition of Cloud Computing

But what is the difference between this and, say, massive virtualisation by VMware or hosting services you may ask? Laurent Seror, CEO of Outscale, one of our cloud providers, used the following analogy:

Comparing Cloud Computing to hosting services and VMware is like comparing how cars were originally made piece by piece to the assembly lines in the first Ford factories. Cloud Computing industrialises IT processes and automates a maximum of tasks.

This means that you waste far less time deploying and administering the IT system, and more time leveraging it to your advantage in experience creation.

The Cloud and Security

When companies consider moving to the cloud, security is always a major concern. At Dassault Systèmes, we recognise several layers of security requirements in our Security in Depth philosophy. Described in our free Cloud Security Whitepaper, we add levels of security end-to-end to give our users a maximum of security during their entire experience. We also leverage the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) as a yardstick to ensuring that state-of the-art anti-piracy and anti-hacking technologies are embedded in the platform.

Cloud computing security


We hope that this short blog post will help you get a grasp of the Dassault Systèmes' cloud strategy and that you feel reassured by our commitment to security of your cloud-based collaboration. Let's make this a dialogue! Please feel free to comment or ask you questions in the comment section below.

Michael FINOCHIARRO is Senior Director, 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. You can find him on Twitter at @le_fino.

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Dassault adds Simpack to its Simulia line of tools

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 11:49 AM PDT

With the acquisition of Simpack Dassault adds better integration of hardware and software for vehicle design.

Siggraph 2014 Art Gallery explores Acting in Translation

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 11:14 AM PDT

This year's show curates an exchange of ideas between media and domains in art, science, and technology. As part of Siggraph 2014 in Vancouver (August 10-14, 2014), the Siggraph Art Gallery will present 14 curated, innovative works incorporating its theme, "Acting in Translation." While the essential aim of the Art Gallery is to provide a [...]

Minko + Oculus + Leap = Everyman as Tony Stark

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 08:30 AM PDT

Aerys debuts its 3D world editor and supporting 3D engine, and showing off applications in both engineering and game development. Thousands of engineers and game developers overheated when the first Iron Man movie debuted in 2008. It wasn't about the action scenes or the characters; it was about the holographic design technology, an interface to [...]

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Increasing Importance of Requirements for Industrial Equipment Companies

The Increasing Importance of Requirements for Industrial Equipment Companies

The Increasing Importance of Requirements for Industrial Equipment Companies

Posted: 22 Jul 2014 05:03 AM PDT

A happy customer is a loyal customer

We always say that "customer is king" and with the current economic crisis, this statement has never been so true.
In highly competitive markets like the Industrial Equipment industry, in which customers do not renew their material every week, it becomes critical to gain and maintain customer loyalty to create a long term relationship.

Will a product that is deemed "good" for one customer be good for all of them?
Of course not – and this is where requirements come into play. Each customer is different, depending on the market they serve,, the country they come from, the strategy they follow.

Your role as a machine provider is to be able to satisfy all of them by identifying all of their requirements, but not only

In a perfect world, we would serve our customers in a way that their every wish would become reality. But business is business and at the end of the day, we all have requirements and standards we must meet.

You may have a design to service approach that will not enable you to sell the low cost machine your customer is asking for ; and you may not have the manufacturing capabilities to produce a specific part required by a customer.

On both sides, there are a lot of requirements. The key is to be strategic and find the best compromise that will work for both parties. If you are unable to deliver a specific part, perhaps one of your suppliers can make it for you, thus helping you stay aligned with your manufacturing cost requirement. Perhaps you can convince your customer, who is looking for inexpensive equipment that, machines designed for service will last longer, resulting in long-term cost savings.

When you think the hardest part of the job is done, it is only beginning!

Identifying requirements and making strategic choices to take all of them into account is a milestone, but you then need to make sure each requirement will actually been tracked to prevent risks of failure and “redo's”. Companies who effectively manage requirements identification and traceability perform better because they are able to save time and money during the conception and manufacturing phase. This helps to ensure customer loyalty and satisfied customers become the best ambassadors for new customers.

If you’re curious to know more about Product architecture and how to track requirements, watch our live webinar in partnership with Machine Design next Thursday July 24 2.00pm EST / 11.00 PT.

How to master your product architecture - Register for the webinar!

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Matterport brings 3D cloud to the masses soon

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 01:30 PM PDT

Cloud-based point cloud camera to shrink in size and price. As the Matterport Pro 3D camera gently spins, it captures the colors and contours of a space—and calculates dimensions and spatial relationships between objects. Unlike more expensive laser-based systems that require significant hours of work to create a single 3D model, Matterport claims their Matterport [...]

Geomerics to target movies with real-time rendering

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 12:23 PM PDT

The ARM subsidiary gets a £1 million grant from the UK government. Real-time graphics rendering will come to movies if Geomerics has its way. The UK-based company, acquired late last year by ARM, has been given a £1 million ($1.7 million) grant from the UK government to bring its video game graphics to the movie [...]

Hexagon acquires CAM consolidator Vero Software

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 09:21 AM PDT

The goal is to tie metrology more closely to machining and manufacturing planning. Swedish software conglomerate Hexagon AB has acquired Vero Software, a leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software. In recent years Vero had acquired a number of CAM products, starting the consolidation of a highly fragmented market.  The purchase price was not announced. [...]

Monday, July 21, 2014

3DEXPERIENCE Partner Forum: Business Together in the Age of Experience

3DEXPERIENCE Partner Forum: Business Together in the Age of Experience

3DEXPERIENCE Partner Forum: Business Together in the Age of Experience

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 04:03 AM PDT

CEO Bernard Charlès on stage at 3DEXPERIENCE Partner Forum 2014

2014 was the first global edition of our 3DEXPERIENCE Partner Forum (held in Paris, July 9-10, 2014) gathering nearly 1000 partners (business, education, services and technology partners). See what attendees shared from the event with our tweets mash-up below. Want to make sure you never miss a Dassault Systèmes event happening near you? Download our 3DS Events App today:-)

Click here if you can’t see the Storify mash-up below.



Saturday, July 19, 2014

[New post] SOLIDWORKS World 2015 is calling YOU.. Join the Wagon!!

Deepak Gupta posted: "  While we're still less then 7 months away months from SOLIDWORKS World 2015 in Phoenix , things are already starting to happen. Earlier this week DS SOLIDWORKS Corporation announced its Call for Presentations for SOLIDWO"

[New post] Keep Shooting Bugs – SolidWorks 2015 Beta

Deepak Gupta posted: " SolidWorks 2015 Beta testing is in full swing and 4th week is almost about to finish with SolidWorks users and VAR employees from all over the world are enjoying shooting the Beta bugs. Not only that, they are also competing with each other in v"