French software provider Dassault Systemes (DS) has donated a 3D platform to train volunteers to build social houses in non-profit NGO program Un Techo para mi País ("A roof for my country"), Jhonny Espinoza, Latin American technical sales manager, told BNamericas.
The donation is a 3D virtual manual that allows volunteers to learn how to assemble and build basic wooden houses by downloading the presentation off the internet. The 3D application uses the same PLM technology that DS uses for the construction, aerospace, science and navy sectors to simulate real-life experience, and can be modified depending on requirements, Espinoza said.
"Instead of having a classic paper document, with this device all we ask them to do is to go on the web and do the exercise, step by step, at their own pace. This application helps to streamline the communication and collaboration between design and construction teams," said global marketing VP Thierry Collet.
Espinoza said the first step will be to launch the program in Argentina and Brazil to learn from the experience, and then deploy the solution in the rest of the region.
The housing project has delivered 78,000 homes in 18 Latin American countries, with youth organizations of nearly 360,000 citizens in the region.