AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine, Europe's leading aircraft maintenance training center,
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
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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