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Are You Ready for the Construction Industry’s “Industrial Revolution”?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014


Dr. Perry Daneshgari, MCA Inc

Dr. Perry Daneshgari, MCA Inc. (Photo by David Lamarand)

The AEC team at Dassault Systèmes works closely with industry leaders like Dr. Perry Daneshgari, CEO of MCA, Inc., to build technologies designed to improve our architecture, engineering and construction customers’ business processes and outcomes.

In this quarter’s issue of Compass: The 3DEXPERIENCE® MagazineNick Lerner reported on Dr. Daneshgari’s unique perspective on the construction industry, and why we need an industrial revolution. You can also access a related whitepaper by the MCA team, over on

Breaking with Tradition: Why the Construction Industry Needs an Industrial Revolution

Until recently, the construction industry has suffered a technology bypass, relying on centuries-old processes and procedures to manage complex modern projects.

Today, however, the same software applications that make manufacturing industries efficient are being deployed in building construction.

Compass Magazine spoke with leading construction industry consultant Dr. Perry Daneshgari about why the industry must evolve.

Dr. Daneshgari, a widely published consultant to construction and other industries, holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and an MBA from Wayne State University (USA).

Through his company, MCA Inc., he advises businesses around the world on process and product development, waste reduction, labor productivity improvement, project management, estimation, accounting and customer care.

In 50 years of the most accelerated technological advances, a period in which industry after industry has used technology to improve efficiency, the art of building has lagged.

Studies by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as well as Tulacz and Armistead, have documented 25% to 50% waste in coordinating labor and in managing, moving, and installing materials.


Why Go Lean? GCs’ Reasons for Adopting Lean Construction Practices

Thursday, March 20th, 2014


McGraw Hill Construction, the Lean Construction Institute and Dassault Systèmes teamed up recently to produce an in-depth report on Lean Construction. Below is an excerpt of the report: the in-depth interview findings on “Drivers for Lean.”

In-Depth Interview Findings: Drivers for Lean

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Tweet: GC Research: Among the varied reasons that companies adopt Lean practices in construction, many are related to how a company is perceived in the marketplace, including the need to stay ahead of the competition and the desire to be seen as a leader in this area.

These reasons, along with client influence, could also help companies secure contracts.

Trade contractors also mention the desire to work collaboratively and the ability to ensure constant improvement as key drivers for their businesses.

Other drivers relate directly to the desire to reduce waste, such as cutting costs and reducing projects schedules.


How to Collaborate for Sustainability: Integrated Design-Build-Operate Practices

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
McGraw Hill Construction, the Lean Construction Institute and Dassault Systèmes teamed up recently to produce an in-depth report on Lean Construction. Below is an excerpt of the report: a sidebar article titled “Collaborating for Sustainability.” 

Collaborating for Sustainability

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The most effective collaborations reach beyond the project development team to bring in perspectives from across the building lifecycle.

Bringing the Users’ Perspective Forward

PNC Financial Services Group has developed a fleet of LEED-certified bank branches, and its Tower at PNC Plaza, now under construction, is expected to be North America’s tallest naturally ventilated office tower.


Lean Building Practices and the Future of Construction at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014: Notes and Slides

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014



How Lean Building Practices Represent the Future of Success in the Construction Industry

The construction industry swarmed to Las Vegas this week for CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014.

In case you missed it, Steve Jones (McGraw Hill Construction) moderated a panel discussion on Tuesday March 4th, which focused on Lean construction methods, challenges, and the future of the construction industry. The panelists were:


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