As head of global marketing for the AEC Industry at Dassault Systèmes, Mr. Moriwaki launches and promotes groundbreaking Industry Solution Experiences including "Optimized Construction," "Façade Design for Fabrication," and "Civil Design for Fabrication." He is a member of buildingSMART.
March 30th, 2017 by Akio Moriwaki
Architecture is at the crossroads of technology, society, and material sciences. As illustrated by The Economist in the infographic below, the major trends dramatically influencing the future of our built environment are:
Robots augmenting the construction workforce: 3D printing, drones, and wearable exoskeletons.
Flexible design extending the lifespan of infrastructure: the circular economy and adaptability.
New materials giving rise to bigger and greener buildings: graphene, carbon-negative cement production, and multi-physics simulation.
The built environment becoming intelligent and automated: big data, AI, autonomous utility equipment, and automated city services enabled by sensors.
Driverless vehicles reshaping our cities: less car ownership, less need for parking.
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March 23rd, 2017 by Akio Moriwaki
At Desktop Engineering, we aim to help our customers find ways of doing design or manufacturing quicker and of higher quality using software technologies.
One of the approaches we can use is to use a rule based approach to capture knowledge to allow it to be re-used.
Rules are those simple set of instructions, something as simple as a cooking recipe, that one follows that determines an outcome. So it is with engineering. Capture those rules and then reuse them in software and then you have design automation.
We have done this with the design of Rainscreen Façades using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
By taking the elements of a façade rainscreen, encapsulating the design process as a set of rules, we have created an Intelligent Rainscreen Façade solution.
We can vary any parameter within the rules to automatically recreate a complete assembly.
As every part in the assembly has an associated fabrication drawing, then those are automatically recreated too. Preset reports then create a full schedule of parts, cutting lists and cost information.
So when your architect decides on a different variation in grid or material, it’s simple to recreate a design, determine a cost, and create full fabrication details.
We have a short video demonstration to highlight this process:
March 9th, 2017 by Akio Moriwaki
DESIGN IN THE AGE OF EXPERIENCE™ is happening April 4-5, 2017 in Milan. This gathering of members of the global design community is an exciting opportunity to exchange best practices and explore industry trends.
AEC professionals attending in person or following along online will benefit from the conversations and experiences we have planned.
Efficiency by Design: Visualization Technologies Help Zahner Build the Present and Plan for the Future
March 2nd, 2017 by Akio Moriwaki
by Nick Lerner
For nearly 120 years, US based A. Zahner Company has been at the forefront of technology and innovation within the architecture, engineering and construction industry.
Recently, the company implemented a cloud-based design system to improve communication in what is oftentimes a fast-paced, fragmented industry.
Compass spoke with A. Zahner Company CEO and President L. William Zahner to understand how the company continues its success and innovation in a high-risk market.
A. Zahner Company is a family business. “That’s 210 families; one for each of our employees,” L. William Zahner, CEO and president, said.
Founded in 1897, the architectural engineering and fabrication firm began making decorative metal cornices for buildings.
Now in its fourth generation of the Zahner family, it imagines, designs, fabricates and installs some of the world’s most innovative structures in cooperation with leading architectural practices including Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid Architects.
With a turnover approaching US$50 million, the company employs 30 design engineers; another 90 employees work on production and installation.
“Combining experience, skill, technology and craft, we make the complex simple and get buildings built on time and within or below budget,” Zahner said.
The firm works on signature architectural projects where design intent must be retained, despite the inefficient complexities of what Zahner describes as, “a very fragmented AEC industry.”
In this often unstructured environment, the company aims to reduce the building industry’s biggest challenge: risk.
February 23rd, 2017 by Akio Moriwaki
A new method of project delivery is emerging in AEC.
Through new digital platforms, companies like A. Zahner Company are setting the example for how an integrated supply chain can significantly reduce rework on highly complex projects.
When the experts responsible for fabrication and installation can provide insight early in the design process, and all parties have the tools they need to collaborate closely throughout, construction waste can be reduced.
Owners are enjoying the benefits of collaborative project teams, which include:
Collaboration is improving through the adoption of cloud-based 3D modeling solutions. Such tools assemble and empower teams across multiple organizations and geographies to create a single, live source for project creation.
February 9th, 2017 by Akio Moriwaki
Kengo Kuma’s architectural designs range from the whimsical (Asakusa Cultural and Tourism Center, a wildly stacked pillar of houses) to the dramatic (the steamship-shaped Victoria and Albert Museum rising in Dundee, Scotland), to the deceptively simple (Great (Bamboo) Wall, a house in China).
Through them he has discovered his calling – celebrating natural materials and creating human connections – and learned that a computer can be an architect’s best friend.
In the years after World War II, Japanese architects grappled with building homes and businesses to replace what the conflict had destroyed and accommodate booming post-war growth. Japan needed fast recovery as its top priority, and its “first generation” architects delivered.
February 3rd, 2017 by Akio Moriwaki
We are pleased to announce Kengo Kuma & Associates (KKAA) has selected Design for Fabrication, our BIM solution on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, to improve design speed, accuracy, and collaboration.
KKAA, Japan’s leading architecture firm, is using the AEC industry solution experience from Dassault Systèmes to enhance the quality and efficiency of its architectural designs with a cloud-based collaborative design environment.
KKAA’s designs introduce organic materials that are native to an architectural site’s region—a sophisticated blend of architecture and nature that infuses bamboo, wood, stone and other resources with lengths, angles, cross-sections, arches, patterns and other parameters.
January 26th, 2017 by Akio Moriwaki
Originally published on the 3DPerspectives Blog, by Alyssa Ross
The last half-century has seen massive growth in urban populations. This trend is expected to continue: experts predict 6.5 billion people will live in cities by 2050.
And with all cities covering less than 3% of Earth, overpopulation, overpollution, and overburdened infrastructure create significant challenges.
To address this will require a radical rethinking of our relationship with, and to, urban environments, as well as a shift in mindset within the architecture, engineering and construction industries.
Whether you live in a city or a different type of area, most likely you’ve thought about things you wish you could change.
Maybe you think there should be a traffic light in a place that is missing one. Or an easier way to find a parking space, or a new place to live.
Technology is now allowing everyday citizens to have this type of influence, and Singapore is leading the way.
January 12th, 2017 by Akio Moriwaki
The following article is excerpted from the Dassault Systèmes SHoP Architects customer case study.
Chris Sharples, founding partner at SHoP Architects, believes that architects should think more like manufacturers and to try to pull as much off the construction site by getting things prefabricated and manufactured in a controlled environment and then assembling the modules on site.
January 5th, 2017 by Akio Moriwaki
For an architectural firm like New York-based SHoP Architects, expressing innovation means harnessing the power of diverse expertise in the design of buildings and environments to improve the quality of public life.