Iconem wants to revive the ruins of the past with 3D and drones

by bold-lichterman

The French start-up Iconem is able to revive Pompeii before the eruption of Vesuvius, the temple of Bel in Palmyra in Syria, the ruins left by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, or those of the earthquake in Haiti. Co-founded by a former independent architect who has converted to new technologies, Iconem uses 3D scanning thanks to data collected by drones.

On the economic model side, while the needs for each project are significant, the start-up is now looking for new sources of funding. Sure “an emerging market», According to the co-founder Yves Ubelmann, she finds some clients with NGOs, such as UNESCO, governments (Oman, Afghanistan) or cultural institutes (Le Louvre, RMN Le Grand Palais with the exhibition “Eternal sites“). But to ensure its sustainability and attract private and private individuals, the company has just created a dotation funds for “preservation and conservation of heritage“.

At the end of 2015, Parrot, the French drone specialist, took 45% of the company’s capital with the intention of generating profitability in the professional drone segment.

Founder : Yves Ubelmann, Philippe Barthélémy

Creation date : 2013

Seat : Paris

Workforce : 2 / local teams