DE News Roundup April 19, 2019: Technology to help rebuild the Notre-Dame, AU calls for papers, more

Design software maker and game publisher pledge to help rebuild the Notre-Dame, Siemens release new robotic simulation software, AU calls for paper

Design software maker and game publisher pledge to help rebuild the Notre-Dame, Siemens release new robotic simulation software, AU calls for paper

The Notre-Dame Cathedral as it appears in Ubisoft’s game Assassin’s Creed Unity. Image courtesy of Ubisoft.

Dassault Systemes, Ubisoft Pledge to Help Rebuild the Notre-Dame

Moved by the sight of the fire-ravaged Notre-Dame, Dassault Systemes CEO Bernard Charles offers up technology from his company for the reconstruction of the 800-year-old Gothic cathedral.

Game publisher Ubisoft also pledged €500K to help. Ubisoft's game Assassin's Creed Unity features a detailed model of the Notre-Dame in its game environment. The model may now become a reference in the reconstruction.

Another detailed point-cloud model is the work of the late Professor Andrew Tallon from Vassar College. Specializing in medieval architecture, Tallon scanned many ancient structures, including the Notre-Dame.

(For more on technology's role in the reconstruction, read the full article here.)

Siemens PLM Software Releases Kineo 7.0

Siemens PLM releases Kineo 7.0, a suite of software for robotics simulation.

Highlights include KineoWorks, with new trajectory simulation/optimization tools; Kineo Flexible Cables, with enhanced dress pack simulation with cable retraction systems; Kineo Collision Detector, with improved performance and new point cloud-wireframe tests; and KineoWorks Interact, with new and improved tools for developing Kineo-enabled applications.

Autodesk University Calls for Papers

Want a free conference pass to AU 2019 hosted by Autodesk? You may want to submit a proposal for a paper, a class, or an inspiring talk.

The show is still 7 months away, but conference organizers will begin accepting papers April 30.

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