Dassault Systèmes is a French company specializing in 3D and product lifecycle management software. Its 3DVIA brand division, which focuses on "virtual reality platforms," has offices in Concord.
A digital initiative called the Giza Archives Project is housed at the MFA. The project aims to “assemble and link” the world’s archaeological information on the Egyptian Pyramids at the Giza Plateau.
The partnership between Dassault Systèmes and the MFA "will enable real-time virtual reconstruction of the Giza plateau based on actual archaeological data," a press release from the two said. "The collaboration between technology and archaeology will result in new forms of scientific inquiry and communication. Virtual archaeology, using the power of scientific simulation tools and 3D immersive experiences, raises new questions, offers new hypotheses, and allows us to simulate them in virtual environments."
Under the partnership, 3DVIA will focus on simulation and visualization of archaeological data, creating immersive interactive experiences for both specialists and the general public, the release said.
"Dassault and the MFA will imagine new forms of multi-platform experiences, whether individual and collective, through Internet devices or through more complex virtual and augmented reality systems, using game consoles, 3D screens, or even movie theaters willing to create new kinds of archeological immersive interactions."
(The pyramids are shown in an aerial photo provided by the MFA.)