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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 9 December, 2002
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Stuttgart
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Other Label: 
2016 Cluster Exzellenz Baden-Württemberg durch das Ministerium für Finanzen und Wirtschaft Baden-Württemberg
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Ioannis
Alexiadis
Project Manager
+49 (0) 711 58 53 09-0
ioannis.alexiadis@vdc-fellbach.de
Male
Marianne
Ludwig
Project Manager
+49 (0) 711 / 58 53 09 - 13
marianne.ludwig@vdc-fellbach.de
Female
Franziska
Jöckel
Project Manager
+49 (0) 711 / 58 53 09 - 14
franziska.joeckel@vdc-fellbach.de
Female
Sebastian
Mareck
Project Manager
+49 (0) 711 58 53 09-23
sebastian.mareck@vdc-fellbach.de
Male
Caren
Schwannauer
Other
+49 (0) 711 / 58 53 09 - 0
caren.schwannauer@vdc-fellbach.de
Female
Languages spoken: 
English
French
German
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
Simulation
Visualisation, Virtual Reality
S3 EU priority areas: 
Information service activities
Other professional, scientific & technical activities
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Experience Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
91
Number of SME members: 
46
Number of larger company members: 
12
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
28
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
5
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The Virtual Dimension Center (VDC) is Germany's leading competence network for Virtual Engineering. Technology and service providers, users, research institutions and multipliers work together in the VDC network along the entire value chain of Virtual Engineering- namely in 3D simulation, 3D visualization, and Virtual Reality (VR). The VDC members gain improved innovation activity and a higher productivity by acquiring additional information and cost advantages. 

Transparent competencies, faster flow of information and easier business contacts: the Virtual Dimension Center is your compass for 3D technologies and virtual reality. The VDC offers expertise in the dynamic field of virtual engineering, project development, marketing, contact initiation and technology transfer.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Support of knowledge transfer
Support of technology transfer
Details of support services: 

Specialized information procurement

Progress in the field of engineering grows and changes rapidly. Virtual Engineering, too, is constantly evolving. We perform continual research in this dynamic market, ensuring that we provide accurate and up-to-date information and trends assessments in simulation and visualization technology.

It is particularly difficult to obtain information which is both current and reliable in turbulent environments such as that of Virtual Engineering. Therefore we carefully collect, document and file market research, position papers, analyses and up-to-date information on relevant technologies and events. We provide members with this specialist knowledge via a knowledge data base, which our members can access online. We also publish selected information in our monthly newsletter.

Our website and intranet is a platform for smooth information exchange between various participants in the network. Our events serve as an informal part of our communication platform. We provide various education and training opportunities, including seminars, workshops and conferences on the topic of Virtual Engineering.

Technology Transfer

Visualization and simulation technologies play an important role in many business areas such as product development and marketing communications. It is, however, particularly challenging for SMEs to implement and use new Virtual Engineering technology and to this end we support them with our expertise and experience. We see ourselves as an instrument for economic development, specializing in a new key technology. By scouting and initial consultation, we support SMEs in the use and implementation of advanced visualization and simulation techniques.  SMEs are invited to our technology workshops to gain access to Virtual Engineering know-how and the opportunity to talk to experts. Our demonstration center is open to anyone who wants to test and use Virtual Engineering technology.

Matchmaking

The search for project partners, service providers or specialists is often complex and time-consuming. We help our members and partners to find the right contacts for their needs and projects.

Marketing

Gaining a high market profile is essential for any business to succeed. Being an approved Center of Excellence in Virtual Reality and Virtual Engineering, VDC supplements our members' own communication activity with our own target marketing. As well as raising awareness of Virtual Engineering technology itself, we aim to increase the awareness of our members and partners and improve their reputations.

Funding Management

Virtual Engineering is a key technology for product development and manufacturing engineering. Nevertheless, further research and development are still necessary: new application areas, scientific foundations, integration requirements and user-centered design all require intensive preparatory work. Governmental institutions which fund research and contribute significantly to new developments include: the EU as well as federal, state and regional projects. We support our members and partners in the acquisition and management of public-funded projects, allowing our network partners to concentrate on their core development and research strategies.

Internationalization

The VDC´s internationalization services comprise:

  • Organization of market and technology exploration trips 
  • Authoring event reports of leading trade fairs
  • Extended information offer through exchange with project partners (mainly BSR region)
  • Extended information offer in English
  • Trans-national collaboration regarding publications about virtual technologies

Hardware Assessment and Rental

The Virtual Reality and Virtual Engineering Demonstration Center is one of the tools for technology transfer. Various hardware and software demonstrators are on our site and permanently accessible. In addition, it is possible to arrange appointments for special demonstrations by VDC members in our rooms. As a member it is also possible to rent the hardware for several days. Furthermore the VDC is working on a concept to assess V/AR hardware and share the evaluation reports with their members.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Canada
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
France
Germany
Italy
Sweden
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Laval Technopôle
Center of Visualisation Göteborg
Mimos
Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.
Landesnetzwerk Mechatronik BW
Reden (Research Development Netherlands)
RIF e.V.
Visual Sweden
SimTech
Photonics BW
Packaging Valley Germany e.V.
Packaging Excellence Center
OWL ViProSim
Manufuture-BW
Leichtbauzentrum Baden-Württemberg
Leichtbau BW GmbH
Intelligenet Manufacturing Systems
FASA e.V.
EuroVR
Commercial Vehicle Cluster
Cleaning Excellence Center
Automotive Simulation Center Stuttgart
Allianz Faserbasierte Werkstoffe e.V.
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
FP7
H2020
INTERREG
Other

BSR Innovation Express

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

The VDC is a highly diversified virtual reality network that addresses a huge variety of industrial sectors with specific workshops and information, such as automotive, commercial vehicles, aerospace, chemical industry, textiles, architecture, medicine, geography and city planning, manufacturing systems engineering. The VDC organizes more than 40 events (workshops, exhibitions, congresses) per year to address all mentioned industries.

One important means for technology transfer are the VDC whitepapers. A VDC whitepaper describes virtual reality technologies, their applications and potential benefits of use for a certain industrial sectors (as mentioned) or for a certain application field (such as styling, design, marketing, factory planning, ...). The whitepapers grant an excellent overview and serve as an entry point for those that are interested in virtual reality. The VDC has produced more than 20 whitepapers in recent years.

 

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

The VDC has 15 years of expertise in industrial VR and AR use. It is Germany's most active initaitve in that topic and provides access to a huge network of technology providers, end users and researchers in the VR and AR domain.