AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine, Europe’s leading aircraft maintenance training center, adopts IC.IDO for Virtual Reality

2014年7月29日, Bridging the gap between theory and practical experience to provide state-of-the-art technical training
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Paris, France – July 29, 2014 – ESI Group, pioneer and world-leading solution provider in Virtual Prototyping for manufacturing industries, announces the implementation of ESI’s Virtual Reality solutions at AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine. Based in Bordeaux, Europe’s biggest hub for the aerospace industry, AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine’s facilities now include a Virtual Reality powerwall running IC.IDO, ESI’s Virtual Reality solution. This initiative opens new perspectives to professional training, leveraging the latest virtualization technologies to provide an immersive experience, greater interactivity and team collaboration.


AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine, Europe’s leading aircraft maintenance training center, adopts IC.IDO for Virtual Reality
Thanks to newly installed facilities, AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine can now offer immersive and collaborative training sessions for aeronautic maintenance.

Created in 2011, AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine aims to be Europe’s largest provider of higher education and professional training dedicated to aeronautic maintenance. The association is deeply rooted in the local economic environment and operates in partnership with the biggest aeronautic industrials in the region. 19 expert companies teamed up in 2012 to found the  AEROCAMPUS Cluster, with the objective of keeping ahead of the industry’s professional training needs for all aeronautic applications, ranging from maintenance and repairs to composites manufacturing, welding, advanced materials & coatings production and advanced assembly techniques.

In 2013, during the most recent Paris Air Show, AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine, engineering firm P3 ingénieurs, leading European immersive 3D firm Immersion, the Bordeaux aeronautic maintenance institute IMA, the Bordeaux Technowest technology center, and ESI France signed a consortium agreement committing them to build the first ever immersive Virtual Reality room entirely dedicated to training in France.

This Virtual Reality room is now fully operational at AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine and is used to train students and professional mechanics in aeronautic maintenance. The facilities include a Virtual Reality immersive system, with its powerwall, polarized 3D glasses and joystick.

With IC.IDO, trainees are now able to experiment with maintenance operations in an ultra-realistic immersive environment that provides real-scale and real-time interactions. They can work collaboratively, and benefit from distance learning as they connect to other Virtual Reality systems located at other sites. For example, pupils located in Toulouse may connect virtually with their fellow trainees in the new AEROCAMPUS Virtual Reality room.

Using Virtual Prototypes, rather than the traditional real prototypes, the AEROCAMPUS Cluster will also be able to ensure that equipment data is current and takes into account the slightest change in aircraft parts or maintenance processes.

Virtual Reality is a fantastic technology providing the most interactive teaching experience possible. Not only does this new technology make learning fun, IC.IDO also enables the experimentation of real-life physics and the realistic rehearsal of maintenance procedures, without having to provide costly aircraft parts. Virtual Reality is ideal to keep up with the latest training data as it offers a greater reactivity with respect to frequent changes in aeronautic parts or processes,” comments Jérôme Verschave, Managing Director, AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine.

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ESI Group is a leading innovator in Virtual Prototyping software and services. Specialist in material physics, ESI has developed a unique proficiency in helping industrial manufacturers replace physical prototypes by virtually replicating the fabrication, assembly and testing of products in different environments. Today, coupled with Virtual Reality, animated by systems models, and benefiting from data analytics, Virtual Prototyping becomes immersive and interactive: ESI’s clients can bring their products to life, ensuring reliable performance, serviceability and maintainability. ESI solutions help world-leading OEM’s and innovative companies make sure that their products will pass certification tests - before any physical prototype is built - and that new products are competitive in their market space. Virtual Prototyping addresses the emerging need for products to be smart and autonomous and supports industrial manufacturers in their digital transformation.

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