French city of Rennes to digitalise urban planning with Dassault Systèmes

French city of Rennes to digitalise urban planning with Dassault Systèmes
Officials, residents and businesses will have access to virtual model via 3DEXPERIENCity digital environment

Toby Ingleton |

The French city of Rennes is to take a digitalised approach to urban planning by using the 3DEXPERIENCity digital environment from Dassault Systèmes.

Rennes has a population of approximately 450,000 and is the second-fastest growing metropolitan area in France.

City officials will use Dassault Systèmes’ technology to develop a digital model of the city, embracing different data sources to create a single point of reference.

This model will be constantly updated as new data becomes available, and used to enhance future projects, products and services for the residents of Rennes.

“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.”

Officials from the city – as well as residents, businesses, service providers and development partners – will be able to use the virtual model.

The holistic view the model offers will allow people to chart the city’s evolution, and collaborate on projects to enhance sustainability, as well as tackle societal and urban challenges.

“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,” said Olivier Ribet, vice president, High-Tech Industry, Dassault Systèmes. “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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