In an increasingly fast-moving world, looking back into the past is sometimes particularly exciting. Today, however, virtual twins make it possible to experience buildings, bridges or temple structures in a new way and to gain insights into their uniqueness.

For this reason, Dassault Systèmes has called for six UNESCO World Heritage Sites to be recreated in the virtual world in the current act of the "The Only Progress is Human" initiative. The result: students from six nations have created novel learning experiences with the help of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform - including a team from Trier University of Applied Sciences.

The students from Trier chose a local building that is of great historical significance internationally: the Porta Nigra. The structure has been rebuilt and extended several times over the centuries. In its present form, the UNESCO World Heritage Site has only existed since the middle of the 19th century.

Bringing the eventful history of the Porta Nigra to life

The goal of the students at Trier University of Applied Sciences was to show the development of the Porta Nigra over time. On the basis of preserved building plans, paintings and drawings, the individual construction phases were recreated virtually with the help of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform from Dassault Systèmes. The eventful history of Trier's landmark can now be experienced in an immersive 3D environment. Virtual twins provide an insight into the construction of the building as well as its changes and reconstructions. In addition, information worth knowing about the different superstructures is displayed, giving context to the respective epoch.

In developing the virtual Porta Nigra, the students were able to access solutions from Dassault Systèmes, which are also used by professional users in industry. As part of their university education, the students learn how to use industry-standard tools through the virtual simulation of the building, which will later be an important part of their everyday professional life. The students were also supported within the framework of 3DEXPERIENCE Edu. The programmes of this initiative help around seven million students each year to acquire important industry skills with solutions from Dassault Systèmes.

The Only Progress is Human - Living Heritage

The development of the virtual buildings is part of Dassault Systèmes' The Only Progress is Human initiative. In multi-part episodes, Dassault Systèmes wants to show that society, nature, products and people are closely interwoven and how state-of-the-art technologies can make their contribution. "Living Heritage" is a programme for students initiated by Dassault Systèmes in which six UNESCO World Heritage sites are experienced by present and future generations through virtual twins, while at the same time teaching skills for sustainable innovations of the future. In addition to the Porta Nigra, the Colosseum in Rome, the city of Pompeii, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Temple of the Sun at Konark and Shuri Castle have been virtually recreated.


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