A Case Study of Capitalisation and Valorisation of Our Technical Heritage

  • F. Laroche
  • J.-L. Kerouanton
  • A. Bernard
Conference paper


For the 2008 CIRP Design conference, we have presented a scientific article dealing with a new way of thinking our technical heritage: we would like to preserve it as a digital object. Project deals with a physical mock-up of Nantes city built in 1899 and used for the Universal exposition in France in 1900 in Paris. The heritage object is nowadays in the museum but exposed as a fish inside an aquarium. Thanks to a virtual system coupling a tactile screen with semantic research modules, 3D active screen and light pointer, it will allow the visitor to better understand the mock-up and emphasize important places of Nantes city life. However it does not mean beautiful 3D animation with nice static rendering; indeed, we create virtual mock-ups which are dynamically operating. We use CAD software and engineering simulation tools. Nowadays the global methodology has been improved: it is named Advanced Industrial Archaeology. In this communication, we will detail a new experimentation done in partnership with a French museum: the Château des Ducs de Bretagne in France. This project deals with a physical mock-up of Nantes city built in 1899 and exposed in 1900 for the World Fair that took place in Paris, France. The heritage object is nowadays in the museum but exposed as “a fish inside an aquarium”. Thanks to a virtual system coupling a tactile screen with semantic research modules, a 3D active screen and a light pointer, it will allow the visitor to better understand the mock-up and emphasize important places of the city. The mock-up represents our industrial heritage with old shipyards of Nantes.


Knowledge data base Virtual reality 3D digitalisation Industrial heritage Socio-economic Museum Nantes 



Project management is trusted by a Steering Committee composed jointly by:

•  Bertrand Guillet – Conservative Director of the History Museum of Nantes,

•  Christophe Courtin – Head of Multimedia department of the History Museum of Nantes,

•  Jean-Louis Kerouanton – teacher-researcher University of Nantes, UFR Sciences et Techniques and member of the laboratory Centre Francois Viète (EA CNRS 1161),

•  Florent Laroche – teacher-researcher at Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Laboratory IRCCyN Institute for Research in Communication and Cybernetics of Nantes (UMR CRNS 6597).

We also would like to thank students that has participated or which are still active in the project:

• At Ecole Centrale de Nantes: Didier Serveille, Clotilde Marie d’Avignon, Aurore Tarrisse, Arthur Bonnet, Henri Der Sarkissian, Charlène Fleury, Guillaume Goguelin, Cédric Télégone, Marc Tremsal, Charles Croz, Natacha Javalet, Ellena Le Breton, Dimitri Moreau, Felipe Benincasa, Antoine Filhol, Audrey Devisscher, Vitaly Kosyrev

• At Nantes University Department of history: Jérémy Boschel, Grégoire Onillon, Anne Guiguin

• At Polytech’Nantes: Mehdi Bouayad, Clément Gaschet, Benoit Hervé, François Sarrazin, Imad Zidane, Tayib Faraj, Omar Mimet, Marie-Elise Lecoq, Peter Adib, François Perez, Lucie Thourault, Julsonne Gandon, Maëlle Autretr, Halvard Douaud, Younes Ennajjar, Feifei Jing

Special thanks to our team of teachers and researchers: Fabien Picarougne, Guillaume Raschia, Myriam Servières, Guillaume Moreau, Eric Friot, Vincent Gouret, Philippe Depince, Alain Bernard, Abdelhamid Chriette, Corentin L’hostis, Fabrice Brau, Stéphane Tirard.

We also would like to thanks for their help during the 3D digitalization phase: Gaelle Corbin, Eva Dayot, Noel Biton and all the staff of the Museum.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ecole Centrale de Nantes, IRCCyN UMR CNRS 6597, 1, rue de la Noë, BP 92101Nantes Cedex 3France
  2. 2.Fac de sciences, Centre François VièteUniversité de NantesNantesFrance

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