Engineering Large Projects, Complex System: neo-Aquitaine success story

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A fundamental player in the regional development of New Aquitaine for the past 14 years, the IGPSC Congress brings together industrialists, researchers and academics: a cross-cutting approach that allows added value to sharing experience. On the occasion of its 14th edition, which took place on 24 and 25 June in Arcachon, Jean-Pierre RAPIN, Chairman of the Aquitaine Advantage Programme Committee, which is none other than the organising company, highlighted the desire to make the New Aquitaine region a reference in the world of engineering. In a context of questioning the race for progress that may have led to drifts such as the extinction of natural resources or nuclear disasters, New Aquitaine restores confidence in technology through large quality projects that combine collective intelligence and technical progress.


IGPSC between technology and humanism

Annual meeting of a network of project managers, sales managers, engineers… The Major Projects and Complex Systems Engineering Congress (IGPSC) welcomes about 20 speakers each year to discuss topics as diverse as complex as new project governance, insect breeding to become a world leader in alternative proteins, space and renewable energy. Every year, a great witness punctuates this meeting. For this 14th edition, Jacques Arnould was the guest in the spotlight. Jacques Arnould is a mission officer for ethics issues at the National Centre for Space Studies and is passionate about aeronautics and space. This specialist in theology of creation, and in particular of the sciences of evolution, believes that the human capacity to imagine the future is infinite.

In order to ensure that the technical developments under way do not have consequences that escape humans, the 2019 edition of IGPSC offered many topics related to current industrial and business issues. In particular, she devoted a subject to the digital simulation animated by Anouk Barbarossa, a professor at the Sorbonne. Indeed, digital simulation is a major challenge in an industrial context as it can enable companies to cope with globalization, competition, or downward pressure on prices. Responsible for Hygiene, Safety and Environment within the Ariane Group, Virginie Noel also hosted a conference on the subject of biodiversity law in major projects, a symbol of the consideration of energy transition and sustainable development in the management of major development projects.

Bordeaux, a must-see for major regional projects

Major projects are large-scale projects in a wide range of fields such as transportation, the environment, civil engineering, science, industry and cybersecurity. Among the major projects identified in Bordeaux, the FEDER has supported a large cultural leisure equipment around wine that is none other than the City of Wine. This great project has thus embodied an innovative place, new away from the traditional image of the museum, thanks to a sharp scripting and an in-depth visitor experience. With its architecture and the general spirit of the place, this great Aquitaine project supported by the European Union, this third place, expresses the civilization of wine. Thus, European funds are important development levers for the territories. For example, almost 2.5 billion euros of European funds are allocated to the New Aquitaine Region over the period 2014-2020 to carry out projects in the territory. Nevertheless, these major projects must contribute to sustainable development through an inclusive and civic approach.

Bordeaux has thus been the scene of beautiful projects with a regional but also national dimension. This is particularly the case of the poppy educational robot that was created with and for educational actors such as the Lycée Camille Jullian and the Lycée François Mauriac in Bordeaux. Major projects are not only confined to Bordeaux. This is particularly the case with the Lascaux 4 project in Montignac, which places technology at the service of mediation, and the large Maritime port of La Rochelle, which are also important regional projects.

If contemporary thinkers like Hannah Arendt put forward a “criticism of technical reason” where the machine would take over the human, contemporary thinking on technology should not only focus on material or financial issues but also on an ecological or human cost. With ever more intense and creative debates, the IGPSC conference places people firmly in the scientific and technological debate. Whether through professional events or through the policy of major projects carried out by the New Aquitaine region, many concerns and fantasies surround technological power, it is therefore necessary to adopt a critical distance from the demiurgical power lent to science to detect all the opportunities they pose for Bordeaux companies.

Justine ANGIBAUD

Sources:

Bordeaux Business, IGPSC Congress, Progres Engineering, Audrey KOZACZKA

Official website of the European Commission

Aquitaine Online website

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