In this rather inspiring movie, the world leaders in 3D, Dassault Systèmes (they are French), drum home the idea that if we ask the right questions, we can change the world.
Smart thinking! And they feature the IceDream project to highlight the value of this approach.
The IceDream aims to capture the fresh water from naturally drifting icebergs by towing them to where they are needed.
As of today, almost a billion humans across the world are still without access to drinking water, while more than 2.5 billion have no water purification systems, says the blurb.
French engineer Georges Mougin has been working on the problem for 40 years, and now with the help of Dassault Systèmes 3D Experience Platform, he’s on the brink of a breakthrough.
To help him George has pulled on the wealth of knowledge from a whole host of ‘international network of gurus from the spheres of engineering, glaciology, meteorology and physical oceanography’.
The 3D Experience Platform has proved that the project is technically feasible, and through 3D virtual experiences and scientific simulation (no mean feat considering the complex oceanographic and meteorological information involved), Georges has been able to test many scenarios in a short amount of time and take major steps ahead in his project.
This kind of 3D work is a far cry from things poking out at you from a screen, but it does open up new horizons, and could help shape the future. All we need are more right questions.
Click through on the video to find out more about the ice dream, including the possible ecological risks of exploiting icebergs.