Company NewsAugust 20, 2021

How simulation supports safe openings with COVID-19 still around

After more than 18 months, COVID-19 remains a major threat around the…
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Patrick Ball

After more than 18 months, COVID-19 remains a major threat around the world. And yet, despite the ongoing hazard to public health, communities around the world are trying to get back to normal – or, at least, to establish a new normal. A vital step on the road to recovery is finding ways to safely re-open our schools, offices and other businesses. And taking that step is imperative now that another school year is upon us.

One takeaway from the past 18 months is that simulations in a virtual world are key to regaining some semblance of normalcy in the real one. When planning to open or reopen a school, arena or an office building, it’s prudent to consider using a simulation to evaluate virus dispersal and determine how design and layout can affect air circulation and transmission. If virtual twin experiences can help build a modular hospital in 14 days, the possibilities are virtually endless. capabilities to simulate air circulation and virus diffusion, visualize and analyze existing conditions and various “what-if” scenarios. The efforts helped several organizations, including a hospital in China, a concert hall in Paris and a cafeteria in Germany identify solutions to open and operate safely.

Here are some examples of customers and projects 3DS has supported in in efforts to simulate and understand COVID-19 transmission.

CSADI: 14 days to build a hospital in Wuhan Province

Early on in the pandemic, Dassault Systèmes worked with China’s Central-South Architectural Design Institute (CSADI) to support simulation and evaluation of virus dispersal of Leishenshan Hospital in Wuhan, China, a modular hospital for infectious diseases and COVID-19 patients that was built in just 14 days following the COVID-19 breakout.

CSADI and Dassault Systèmes used the 3DEXPERIENCE platform’s simulation capabilities to simulate virus contamination and diffusion within the hospital’s ventilation system, indoor and outdoor fluids, and other projects. With SIMULIA XFlow, they were able to simulate indoor air distribution schema and optimize suggestions for better contamination discharge to protect medical personnel at the hospital.

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