A collaboration with Dassault Systèmes has provided a new design and manufacture software platform for students and staff.
From left: Pro Vice-Chancellor, Science, Engineering and Health and Vice-President, Professor Peter Coloe, Thierry Collet and Professor Aleksandar Subic.
Dassault Systèmes is a French product development and software company with an impressive international business and education portfolio.
With the introduction of the Dassault Systèmes Academy at RMIT, about 1,500 students across a wide range of programs will have access to advanced software platforms for 3D visualisation, design and simulation.
The partnership between RMIT and Dassault Systèmes will ensure ongoing access to high tech software and supporting learning resources, which are used by industries throughout the world and can be applied to a wide variety of sectors including aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, industrial design, architecture, building and construction.
In particular, students will have access to collaborative software platforms such as Catia V6, currently used by partnering universities such as Purdue University, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech in the United States, to collaborate on projects, concurrently in real time.
Thierry Collet, Vice President Global Academia and Education, Dassault Systèmes, attended an official launch held at the RMIT Advanced Manufacturing Precinct and presented the Academy plaque to Professor Aleksandar Subic, Dean of Engineering and Head of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.
"Dassault Systèmes is proud to count RMIT among the world’s most advanced users of its 3DEXPERIENCE platform," Mr Collet said.
"RMIT students will acquire cutting edge competencies in collaborative and multi-disciplinary engineering, and educators will enjoy a wealth of opportunities to extend their teaching practices in multiple directions.
"In addition, new hands-on learning experiences in the field of systems engineering will be possible and will provide the relevant RMIT programs with a competitive edge."
Professor Subic, who was instrumental in negotiating the partnership, emphasised the significance of this collaboration for the project-based learning curriculum in engineering at RMIT.
"Due to the scale and level of integration of digital design and digital manufacturing software in a wide range of programs and projects, this event marks an important educational and research milestone in engineering at RMIT," he said.
"Our strong links with the global aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, construction and other industry sectors will be further enhanced through this partnership, as we will be fully compatible in terms of the software platforms we use in our teaching and learning, and professional engineering work."