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Archive for May, 2014

How To Go From Facade Design To Fabrication and Back Again In a Heartbeat

Thursday, May 29th, 2014


You may have heard in the news about Façade Design for Fabrication, an offering recently announced by Dassault Systèmes.

Early release clients are thrilled with the impact it’s had on their services, so we thought we’d provide an overview to the AEC Café community.

What is the Façade Design for Fabrication offering?

Façade Design for Fabrication is what we call a “solution experience”—a set of applications built on our 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The following video provides an in-depth tour of the program’s revolutionary capabilities:


A Space Planning Approach for Better, Faster, Stronger Schemes

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014


Instead of the linear, time-consuming 12-step process that most architectural planners cope with, here we propose an efficient, iterative planning process, which will also result in a superior design:

An Integrated Planning Process for the Architecture Industry

Integrated Planning Model 3DS

I. Functional Model

Create a single model that allows you to test your concepts, fail faster, and find the best options. This will enable you to present stronger concepts to your client.

Meanwhile, adapting to new data and feedback is crucial for an efficient planning process. As more information is collected and incorporated, your model should update accordingly.


Zaha Hadid: Building Change and Freedom

Thursday, May 15th, 2014


Dame Zaha Hadid is internationally recognized as an innovator in avant-garde architecture that interprets the complex life around it. 


COMPASS: How did you come to consider architecture as a career?

ZAHA HADID: If you look back to the 1960s when I was growing up in Baghdad, it was a new republic undergoing a moment of nation- building. There was a lot of emphasis on architecture. There was a renewed pride in the structure of the city, and the ideas of change, liberation, and freedom of this era were critical to my development. When I was a child I came to Europe every summer with my parents, and my father made sure I went to every museum, mosque and cathedral in sight! I remember going to see the Great Mosque in Cordoba when I was seven years old. It left a tremendous impression on me. Before coming to London to study at the Architectural Association, I studied mathematics at the American University in Beirut. Geometry has a tremendous connection to architecture – even more so now with the advanced computer scripts we use in the office.


Super-Subs and Integrated Project Delivery

Thursday, May 8th, 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 from that report:

Rise of the Super-Sub

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Through advancements in modeling and production technologies, a new tier of trade contractors is emerging.

Dubbed by some as “super-subs,” these firms combine construction with expertise in engineering and operations.

They are deeply leveraging advanced tools to aid in greater collaboration, virtual construction and model-driven prefabrication and modularization.


Why Your Space Planning Process Is Giving You Grey Hair

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

It was late on a Saturday…

The team was in a design competition, working over the weekend to develop a design massing concept to meet a project brief. They’d worked all day Saturday to produce drawings for the competition boards, and switched gears to produce the reports to accompany the boards.

Just as they were about to paste in the space program spreadsheet, someone realized that the concept was 10% under the requirement for a key department.

This late in the process, the team leader decided to fake the numbers in the spreadsheet.

“I’m sure no one will notice, and I sure wish we didn’t have to, but we’re out of time,“ he thought.

The next evening, the design principal learned about the faked spreadsheet and he wasn’t happy. The team worked overnight Sunday to update the design, reproduce the drawings, and recreate the spreadsheet so it reflected the actual solution to the brief.

What went wrong? Why couldn’t the team keep up with a modification to the concept?


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