Dassault Systèmes, 3D design, digital mock up, and product lifecycle management (PLM) company, recently acquired Archividéo, which creates and manages large 3D urban environments and landscapes.
The acquisition of Archividéo, based in Rennes, France, includes its technology, and its talents, and will complement Dassault Systèmes’ strategy and platform, extending it to urban environment planning. The amount of the transaction was not disclosed.
“This is an important acquisition for our company,” said Bernard Charlès, President and CEO, Dassault Systèmes. “The next step for sustainable planning is to imagine cities, countries or industrial fields in our 3DEXPERIENCE universes. Our goal at Dassault Systèmes is the harmonising of products, nature and life through our 3DEXPERIENCE universes. With the integration of Archividéo technology within the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, we will provide a 3D model of any country to simulate ‘what if’ scenarios of energy, transportation, or construction flows that are compliant with reality.”
This type of 3D city model allows consistent and accurate merging of multiple sources of data (from open-data to proprietary information), and provides an independent referential for a city and all the players involved in it. Thanks to Archividéo’s heuristic technology, geo-photographic modelling, and procedural modelling technologies, complex urban and geo-environment models can be quickly created, with deep detail and tight mapping to the real-world environment.
“The partnership between Archividéo and the National Institute of Geographic and Forest Information is emblematic of a successful collaboration, enhanced by the co-published online service Territoire3D. We welcome the rapprochement between Archividéo and Dassault Systèmes and the prospects it opens for simulating cities and their development projects: future impacts, access to information, and collaboration of all stakeholders in the city and citizens,” said Pascal Berteaud, managing director of the National Institute of Geographic and Forest Information (IGN).
“This acquisition will power our 3DEXPERIENCity Innovation Lab. We will help countries like China that are facing urbanisation complexity to anticipate country development and to improve citizens’ quality of life,” said Bernard Charlès.