How It Works

Dassault Systèmes Digital 3D Solving Pyramid Mystery

Take a look at this documentary on Egypt’s pyramids, for which Dassault Systèmes provided the superb animations. Nick Lerner spoke to How It Works about the project.

Nick Lerner: Nobody knows with any certainty how the Egyptians built the Great Pyramids. Many theories have been proposed, but none of them stood up to analysis. It was exactly this unresolved riddle that led several teams at Dassault Systèmes, the world leader in real-time 3D technology, to provide backing for an architect and author of a revolutionary theory about the Great Pyramid, Jean-Pierre Houdin.

History has often shown us that scientific theories stem initially from intuition. Jean-Pierre Houdin’s hunch changed the course of his life. For the last eight years, he has devoted himself to developing the first scientific theory capable of fully explaining the construction of the Pyramid of Khufu. Won over by Jean-Pierre Houdin’s passion and stimulated by the challenge, Dassault Systèmes used advanced scientific digital 3D tools to examine every detail of his theory.
Jean-Pierre, with the support of Dassault Systèmes’ solutions and teams, rebuilt the pyramid virtually using CATIA 3D software and simulated and examined its construction with SIMULIA and DELMIA software. Thus the theory was refined and confirmed, entirely in a virtual environment.

From beginning to end, this outstanding project demonstrates the power of Digital 3D technology and is a tribute to Jean-Pierre and Dassault Systèmes’ combined passion to explain one of the most impressive and mysterious of mankind’s achievement.

Images of the Great Pyramid in How It Works, issue 2, were created using advanced digital 3D from Dassault Systèmes.

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