Archive for 2014
Friday, October 17th, 2014
It’s rush hour in the city. People make their way home after a hard day’s work. Driverless cars pass by as cyclists stream along purpose-built lanes, safe from motorized traffic and unpredictable pedestrians.
As the city unwinds into the evening, indoor sensors adjust the ambient temperature and turn lights on; televisions, radios and even baths are operated with a gesture from an armchair.
Outside, sensors monitor atmospheric irritants, ready to alert those at risk should dangerous levels be reached. A computer planning the city’s waste collection receives data about foul-smelling and full bins.
Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Founded in 1972, Morphosis took its name from the Greek word meaning “to form or be in formation.” While the name alludes to the firm’s “dynamic and evolving practice,” today it might also apply to its innovative use of parametric design tools.
Since joining the firm in 2008, Kerenza Harris has been a key part of Morphosis’ development and integration of these new technologies into design work. Today, she is helping Morphosis to develop automation systems and parametric tools that can be integrated from the earliest concept design stages through fabrication.
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Industrialization techniques have been commonly used in Manufacturing industries for decades. Now the use of Industrialized Construction in AEC is expanding to help improve planning, design, construction, and assembly for increased sustainability, optimized operations, lower costs, and greater safety.
With the growing adoption of BIM, companies can further benefit by implementing a Building Lifecycle Management (BLM) system. BLM puts into practice a BIM Level 3 approach that enables a highly efficient Extended Collaboration model based on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Manufacturing industry best practices.
Dassault Systèmes has just published an industry paper proposing an Extended Collaboration model for AEC, based on Manufacturing industry best practices.
The concepts covered include:
- How a Design Review process helps connect architects and building product system manufacturers to reduce the number of issues that must be formally clarified by RFIs and submittals during project delivery
- How Process Simulation can reveal even minor integration errors, illustrate which processes are the most cost- and time-effective, demonstrate how prefabrication will affect a project, and generate highly accurate sequence data
- How collaborative processes and advanced technologies streamline operations and improve project outcomes, illustrated by examples and client case studies
- How to unlock BIM data, making it “transactable” across the extended project team, to achieve BIM Level 3
- The limitations of BIM Level 2 point solutions
- BLM system benefits, and features of the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE® platform and applications
- How to approach the implementation of a BLM system
… and more.
Thursday, September 25th, 2014
The team that makes up Neme Design Solutions, a Long Beach, California-based BIM consultancy, specializes in simplifying highly complex projects to enable fabrication.
Led by founder Becher Neme, the firm includes a small team of architects and engineers with more than a decade of experience working onsite with general contractors, and with particular expertise in the CATIA solution.
This combination of field experience and software knowledge has helped the firm carve out a unique niche in model clash detection and resolving interface challenges.
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
When architects and planners work with owners, they usually accept a proposed site and think about how to arrange and orient a building on that site. They develop ideas about what the building should look like in some detail before engaging builders or construction managers in ideas about how the building will be delivered.
Then, if the project cost cannot be brought in line with the budget, another site or an existing building renovation is considered.
AEC teams tend to think first about what to build, then how to build, and finally where else they should think about building.
Thursday, September 11th, 2014
McGraw Hill Construction, the Lean Construction Institute, and Dassault Systèmes teamed up to produce an in-depth report on Lean Construction. Below is an excerpt from that report on the the impact Lean practices are having on contractors in regards to scheduling.
The Impact on Contractors of Schedule Decreases Due to the Adoption of Lean Practices
￼￼￼Reduced project schedule is one of the top benefits of adopting Lean practices, and saving time in the construction industry also cuts costs on projects and can increase profitability.
However, the savings only accrue to the contractor if the owner has not already factored the reduced amount of time into their expectations of the contractor, especially in the case of a negotiated project, or if the contractor has not deemed it necessary to build those cost savings into their bid in order to win a project in a highly competitive market.
The study results suggest, though, that these options are not mutually exclusive. About two thirds of contractors report that the schedule savings they experience due to their Lean practices do have a positive impact on the profit they experience in their projects, and just about the same percentage of contractors report that they are able to bid projects more competitively due to the schedule savings.
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Clearly, there must be significant overlap of firms who both have schedule reductions feeding their bottom line and schedule reductions absorbed in their efforts to be more competitive.
However, the findings also reveal that the industry is nearly unanimous about the growing expectations of owners that projects can be done in shorter time frames due to the adoption of Lean practices in the industry.
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Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Most BIM technologies today disconnect the production of permit drawings from the processes for fabrication and installation. When owners include subcontractors in preconstruction services (as they often do with general contractors) they have the ability to coordinate these activities and reduce errors.
What is needed then is a data backbone to connect the building design to the fabrication detailing and installation sequences. It is common practice to have architects design a façade, independently from the manufacturer who fabricates the façade, and also independently from the general contractor and subcontractors who install the façade system.
Thursday, August 28th, 2014
McGraw Hill Construction, the Lean Construction Institute, and Dassault Systèmes teamed up to produce an in-depth report on Lean Construction. Below is an excerpt from that report on the benefits that will influence non-practitioners to adopt Lean practices.
Potential Benefits With a High Influence on Non-Practitioners for the Adoption of Lean Practices
Over half of the firms that are familiar with Lean but are not using any Lean practices find that nine different benefits from achieving Lean would be highly influential on their decision to use a Lean approach.
Thursday, August 21st, 2014
The following is a reprint of a Compass: The 3DEXPERIENCE Magazine article by Dominique Fidel.
This fall, the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation will spread its glass wings in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. This epic project is guided by two overarching themes: the celebration of visual art and the creativity of meeting a unique technological challenge.
Louis Vuitton’s Newest Landmark: The Jewel of the Bois De Boulogne
by Dominique Fidel
A spaceship, a cloud, a crystal chrysalis: Observers have found many metaphors to describe the structure under construction for the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, a new art museum that will open to the public this fall.
Thursday, August 7th, 2014
McGraw Hill Construction, the Lean Construction Institute, and Dassault Systèmes teamed up to produce an in-depth report on Lean Construction. Below is an excerpt from that report on increasing efficiency through better practices.
Practices Adopted to Increase Efficiency
While taking a formal Lean approach is relatively new to the construction industry, many of the practices that are intended to increase efficiency have been adopted for a longer period of time.