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Rennes experiences its sustainable future

The technology develops a digital model of the city which can simulate and visualise a holistic view of the city’s evolution

Virtual Rennes comes to life in 3D. Picture courtesy: Rennes Metropole
Virtual Rennes comes to life in 3D. Picture courtesy: Rennes Metropole

The French city of Rennes is imagining its future virtually thanks to Dassault Systèmes 3DExperienceCity technology.


It is the latest metropolitan area to embark on a digitalised approach to urban planning by using the 3DExperience digital environment to optimise future projects, products and services for its residents.


Rennes will use 3DEXPERIENCity to develop a digital model of the city, Virtual Rennes, which, through systemic modelling, embraces different data sources and is constantly updated as new data becomes available.


With this accurate and reliable virtual equivalent of the real city, Rennes’ officials, residents, businesses, development partners, service providers and others can simulate, virtually experience and visualise a holistic view of the city’s evolution, and collaborate on sustainable urban solutions that will tackle new societal and urban challenges.


Rennes is the capital of the Brittany region and the second-fastest-growing metropolitan area in France, with an estimated population of 450,000. Such significant development in an urban agglomeration, whose specialised domains constantly evolve in depth and complexity, makes coordinating the renewal and planning of buildings, utility networks, mobility systems and other infrastructure a challenging task.


“Rennes has a rich and diverse heritage that attracts families, professionals, businesses and more than 65,000 students, and also requires long-term planning and decision-making to accommodate the needs of current and future residents,” said Emmanuel Couet, president of Rennes Métropole.


“Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCity enables us to involve key stakeholders in a collaborative effort to digitally drive our city’s sustainable transformation.”


Olivier Ribet, vice president, High-Tech Industry, Dassault Systèmes commented: “Smart city initiatives offer the potential to anticipate and plan for more livable, resilient urban areas yet require the successful interpretation of tremendous amounts of data.”


“3DEXPERIENCity brings urban planning and management to life in an intuitive way. Rennes’ city stakeholders can connect and interact across social, economic, political and disciplinary boundaries to experience and understand the possibilities and choices that will improve the quality of life in their city.”


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