The foundations of a new CIRV (Centre industriel de réalité virtuelle, Industrial virtual reality centre) have just been laid at a Saint-Nazaire building site. The keenly awaited cutting edge digital platform will be a vital tool for the region’s innovators, especially in the domain of the marine renewable energies.
Putting the latest tools in the hands of the technical community. With its two virtual reality rooms, one of which will be equipped with a five screen CAVE automatic virtual environment—a 3D interactive visualization tool which enables 1:1 scale immersion, the CIRV will be equipped to play a leading role in innovation in the Pays de la Loire.
The CIRV will find many cross-sector applications: in aviation, marine construction and shipbuilding (and therefore the marine renewable energies), and land transportation. Airbus, STX, Beneteau and many SMEs have already expressed their interest in the platform, which will allow these regional players to increase their competitive edge, and encourage collaborative working, as they digitize their production technologies.
Located in the heart of the Saint-Nazaire industrial zone, the CIRV is conceived as complementary to the existing plant and organizations already located in the Pays de la Loire: the Clarte regional innovation platform at Laval, and the Technocampus EMC2, Océan, and Jules Verne Institute of Research and Technology facilities around Nantes. Once the CIRV is up and running in July 2014, the region will have once more enhanced the range of valuable tools available to industry— thus making it even more attractive to developers of the marine renewable energies.
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