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Dassault Systèmes brings back to life the city of the dead in Giza

With the help of its innovative 3D Experience platform, the company designed a realistic - interactive experience that allows you to dive into the Giza plateau in Egypt using XNUMXD technology. The application is available online for free

A XNUMXD tour of the burial chamber of one of the largest pyramids in Giza, Egypt. Illustration: Dassault Systems
A XNUMXD tour of the burial chamber of one of the largest pyramids in Giza, Egypt. Illustration: Dassault Systems

Dassault Systèmes, which specializes in 3D simulations, announced the launch of GizaXNUMXD, an interactive XNUMXD reconstruction of the famous Giza plateau, home of the historic city of the dead - the Giza Necropolis (which includes the three great pyramids, the Sphinx statue, several cemeteries, a small village that was used by the builders of the pyramids, and a structure that was used for industrial purposes).

The free interactive application Giza3D was officially launched this week at a gala event held at the Boston Museum of Art (MFA), And it is available here.

In addition to a guided tour of selected monuments as a general introduction, the Giza3D site allows surfers to roam freely throughout the City of the Dead, visit carefully restored tombs, shafts, and burial chambers connected to each other, and enter four of the site's ancient temples, including the Hufu and Menhaur pyramids. Users can browse old and recent photos, and view 30 objects that have been carefully recreated in XNUMXD. The website also gives access to photos, diaries, maps and other items from the Giza Archive website of
The MFA, to support an extended learning experience.

The Giza3D site meets the needs of several target audiences: the general public - will find an easy way to access the best available source of information about the Giza Plateau, while revolutionizing the way Egyptological knowledge is shared; The academic world - will find a powerful tool for learning content about ancient Egypt, and helping students obtain this knowledge in a better way. Giza3D is available on a variety of devices, including web and 3D environments; Researchers will enjoy seeing 3D objects from many angles, such as inscriptions found on the back of a sculpture that cannot normally be seen inside the museum's glass display, or sharing XNUMXD-based information that helps test hypotheses; Museums - exhibition planners will be able to consider using XNUMXD tools to upgrade the options for viewing the exhibition. GizaXNUMXD will also be able to enhance visitor experiences through interactive XNUMXD displays and powerful XNUMXD images, which make the experience of visiting the museum unforgettable.

The Valley of the Kings in Giza, Egypt, view from the outside, from a XNUMXD rendering by Dassault Systèmes
The Valley of the Kings in Giza, Egypt, view from the outside, from a XNUMXD rendering by Dassault Systèmes

"Giza3D is a striking example of the way in which our 3DExperience platform empowers applications that can forever change education, research and information sharing," says Gilad Friedman, CEO of Dassault Systèmes Israel. "Today, the archaeological site of Giza is within everyone's reach. A simple home computer is enough to experience the wonders of ancient Egypt, and with a 3D TV you can reach a comprehensive stereoscopic experience. The use of XNUMXD rooms allows viewers to move through space and time with unparalleled realism."

More than a century ago, George Reisner, renowned Egyptologist and the father of modern scientific archaeology, headed a research expedition of Harvard University and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to the Giza plateau. Over the past decade, his impressive collection of photographs, diaries, illustrations and documents from Giza has been painstakingly digitized and made available through Giza Archives of the Museum of Art in BustoN. Using this source of information, Dassault Systèmes recreated the city of the dead in Giza in the most accurate way possible.

For more information on Dassault Systèmes' long-standing experience with the study of ancient Egypt, you can find it in the following link More information about the Giza Archives Project. For more details about The joint research with the architect Jean-Pierre Houdin on the Hufu pyramid.

This week, Dassault Systèmes held a briefing for journalists that dealt with the company's vision for the coming years and the strategy it intends to take to implement it. Gilad Friedman, CEO of Dassault Systèmes Israel, explained to the journalists the company's transition to the 3DExperience era, presented the company's diverse technologies, and showed the various ways in which it affects the industry, emphasizing experientiality and the use of social applications. As part of the new vision, Friedman showed how Dassault Systèmes uses its innovative platforms for applications that are not necessarily business-industrial, but for projects with a research-scientific and sometimes even community touch. Among the other examples presented, Friedman brought the Giza3D project, in which Dassault Systèmes partnered with Harvard University and the MFA Museum in Boston to create a comprehensive XNUMXD visualization of the city of the dead in Giza, Egypt, the result of which is an experience accessible to everyone

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