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ESI Group: AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine, Europe's leading aircraft maintenance training center, adopts IC.IDO for Virtual Reality

2014-07-29 18:00:00
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AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine, Europe's leading aircraft maintenance training center,

adopts IC.IDO

for Virtual Reality

Bridging the gap between theory

and practical experience

to provide state-of-the-art technical training

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.

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


"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,


For more information about IC.IDO, please visit www.esi-group.com/ICIDO.

Image: Thanks to newly installed facilities, AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine can now

offer immersive and collaborative training sessions for aeronautic


About ESI Group

ESI is a pioneer and world-leading provider in Virtual Prototyping that takes

into account the physics of materials. ESI boasts a unique know-how in Virtual

Product Engineering, based on an integrated suite of coherent, industry-oriented

applications. Addressing manufacturing industries, Virtual Product Engineering

aims to replace physical prototypes by realistically simulating a product's

behavior during testing, to fine-tune fabrication and assembly processes in

accordance with desired product performance, and to evaluate the impact on

product use under normal or accidental conditions. ESI's solutions fit into a

single collaborative and open environment for End-to-End Virtual Prototyping.

These solutions are delivered using the latest technologies, including immersive

Virtual Reality, to bring products to life in 3D; helping customers make the

right decisions throughout product development.

The company employs about 1000 high-level specialists worldwide covering more

than 40 countries. ESI Group is listed in compartment C of NYSE Euronext Paris.

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