CloudMarch 1, 2018

Feet in the Cloud: Part 2

This is the second part of a two part article where Digital…
Avatar Kristina Hines

This is the second part of a two part article where Digital Orthopaedics talks about how the 3DEXPERIENCE on the cloud helps them achieve their objectives. Check out the first part, here

So how does the 3DEXPERIENCE on the cloud help your company achieve its objectives?

Halioua: Our vision is to offer all our services completely on the cloud—which is really mandatory in order to be fully functional, and cost-effective, with the amount of HPC capacity required. Close collaboration between engineers and medical teams in an interdisciplinary group is key to success in this area. In order to share tools and techniques among surgeons and hospitals worldwide, we have to be on the cloud.

We are in the process of adapting our services to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud, which will be a key enabler to our success because it offers: • The framework necessary to capture and automate the “medical image to 3D model to realistic simulation” workflow • The potential to connect to hospital imaging systems and enable a clinical decision-making service to orthopedic surgeons worldwide • Efficient development, testing and deployment of custom solutions for clinical services • Collaboration and sharing of ideas and feedback within our user community of physicians and engineers

For us, being on the cloud is the only way to reach the surgeons, who don’t want to invest in a machine or device—they just want quick access to solutions via a web interface that is easy to use and very ergonomic.

Talk about what Dassault Systèmes tools you’re using to develop your own offerings and how these capabilities can help advance medicine in general.

Ferré: The existing medical treatises on physiology and biomechanics of the foot are not sufficient to capture the dynamic phenomena of everything the foot of a living human being can do. Dassault Systèmes helps us organize our accumulated knowledge with algorithms that work inside that knowledge.

In the capabilities of Dassault Systèmes are all the processes of physics needed to simulate the actions of cars, aircraft, and other products. This accumulated intelligence now provides my team with many tools that we can apply to simulations that can help with planning and performing orthopedic surgery.

I’ve just recently started working with CATIA and it is really magic for creating geometries! Simpack allows us to model entire multibody systems, which helps us understand the kinematics and global displacement of the foot. That reaction force and joint kinematics data can then be used as input for FE modeling with Abaqus of the complex contact behavior between the foot and the ground, and the simulation of internal foot quantities such as joint cartilage contact pressures and tissue stress levels. For full comprehension of the entire foot, you need patient data.

Halioua: Dassault Systèmes and SIMULIA offer the entire breadth and width of solutions we need.

Ferré: Looking at the big picture, we are a simple actor within the profound change that is taking place in medicine. We’re only at the beginning of this digital era of serving patients. We must continue to develop our techniques but also ensure the transmission of our knowledge and enthusiasm to the generations that follow.

We’ve found a similar state of mind at Dassault Systèmes and we believe they will be one of the great players of this medicine of tomorrow, just as they have been in the automotive and aviation industries.


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