The academic world remains hesitant. The cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE platform is nevertheless one of the key digital technologies to successfully meet upcoming challenges of the Industry of the Future. A year ago, French high school Lycée Louis Armand adopted the platform to train students studying for the BTS technician certificate. The aim is not only to provide training on the latest software solutions, but to familiarize students with new collaborative and connected working models.

Focus on the initial assessment of Frédéric Xerri, Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Lycée Louis Armand in Nogent-sur-Marne trains many students studying for technical diplomas in electronics, IT and mechanical design.

“Our main challenge lay in the multiplicity of our IT environments and we observed significant data loss when exchanging and sharing CAD files,” explains Frédéric Xerri.

It was a major challenge. Lycée Louis Armand has established a partnership with the Mines ParisTech engineering school and is involved in a European project in the area of robotics. Optimization of the management and sharing of files was important in order to ensure reliable and quality collaboration between the various schools.

Collaborative project management

“The choice of the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE platform is changing many educational paradigms. Files are stored on a single platform and students can access and modify CAD data anytime and anywhere, both during design and manufacturing phases,” adds Frédéric Xerri. “Our students were won over by the interactive working method that this collaborative tool offers, like Facebook or other social networks – it is natural and intuitive for them.”

As soon as classes begin in the first year of the BTS diploma, students connect to the dashboards, tutorials and videos created by the school using their PC or tablet, on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The community tool is extremely popular with this new digital generation, which excels at managing numerous projects in an ultra-connected environment. We see great richness in the sharing of new ideas and the resulting reactions.

The bridge with industry

 Internships begin at the end of the first year and students often apply to the design offices of major contractors.

“We are keenly aware of the need to teach our students working methods that meet the expectations of industrial players. Being able to master the collaborative dynamic in an international environment is an asset for the future employability of our students. Training on the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE enables our students to understand how to better rationalize industrial processes for increased efficiency. Thinking collaborative is a way of thinking that also changes the behavior of people within their ecosystem,” concludes Frédéric Xerri.

Find out more about the EURLAB project EURLAB-Présentation-services&produits-2017-FR

EURLAB is an innovative project to create, develop and spread good learning practices and teaching materials in the area of Robotics, Science and Technology, using new approaches such as the “flipped classroom”, “learning through practice” and “collaborative learning”.

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