Dassault Systèmes selects Barco display system to showcase leading-edge 3D design technology

VÉLIZY, FRANCE – Barco, a technology leader in virtual reality and a Core Technology Alliance Partner of Dassault Systèmes, recently installed a world-unique 3D visualization showroom and a 3D auditorium at Dassault Systèmes’ new global headquarters, DS Campus. The seven-channel, three-sided 3D stereo system shows the capabilities of Dassault Systèmes’ 3D software to its customers and partners, and also promotes both companies’ emphasis on the importance of immersive and collaborative visualization.
Dassault Systèmes is a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. It offers a portfolio of software products aimed at accurately rendering high-quality 3D content for designers, engineers and teams of decision-makers. For their showroom and auditorium at their new DS Campus, Dassault Systèmes wanted the most high-end display system available to best showcase its PLM solutions to customers and partners. These customers represent eleven industries, from the world’s most prominent automotive and aerospace companies to consumer goods, construction and engineering industries.

Dassault Systèmes has added Barco as a Technology Partner through its alliance program, while Barco’s customers have often used Dassault Systèmes’ 3DVIA Virtools software on their display systems. Both companies also worked together on the Kheops project, which sought to raise industry awareness on the importance of 3D stereo visualization in collaborative applications for engineering or public purposes. The system Barco created for Dassault Systèmes is the world’s first such system with seven native HD projectors, and superflat, high-contrast Barco screens.

Barco’s immersive environment at Dassault Systèmes’ global headquarters consists of seven three-chip DLP Galaxy NH-12 projectors, and is the first such system of its kind. Four projectors power the wide front screen, while two are used for the side screen, and an additional one for the floor. Barco’s Galaxy NH-12 is the world’s first active 3D stereo projector that offers Windows desktop integration. It boasts a light output of 12,000 lumens and a native 1080p HD resolution. Furthermore, the Galaxy NH-12 is designed for multi-channel operation, with built-in features that guarantee one seamless composite image free of color, light or geometry disturbances. Through integration with Barco’s XDS Control Center software suite, the system’s users can select, control and edit a multitude of sources simultaneously in a familiar Windows user environment.

In addition, Dassault Systèmes’ 300-seat 3D auditorium is driven by a 9-meters wide Barco CADWall system with two Galaxy NH-12 projectors.

“We are very excited to start using Barco’s immersive environment and 3D auditorium,” states Barbara Tabb, Director of WW Alliance Operations for Dassault Systèmes, “Not only does this system create the right environment for our design software, it also shows that both we and Barco believe in the importance of 3D as a key building block for collaboration, PLM and innovation. If you are immersed in your design, construction or data, you suddenly get a much clearer insight in correlations between vital pieces of information. You will immediately see if the pieces of your design fit together well, or if some materials you want to use have the right look and feel.”

About Barco
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with about 3600 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of euro 747 million in 2007.

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For more information, please contact

Els Van Loocke
Marketing Communications Manager
Barco Presentation&Simulation

Telephone +32 56 368667
contact.bps@barco.com

Jay Luis
Director of Marketing Communications (US)
Barco Simulation USA

Telephone +1 937 372.7579
jay.luis@barco.com

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