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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?


Behind the Scenes: How SHoP Designed an Innovative, Modular Brooklyn Brownstone [VIDEO]

Thursday, April 24th, 2014


Last month, Fast Company named SHoP Architects as the world’s most innovative company in architecture of 2014.

This is no surprise to us at Dassault Systèmes. SHoP is a long-time customer and uses 3DS technology to develop high-profile projects such as the iconic Barclays Center in New York City, home to the Brooklyn Nets. Using the 3DS platform, SHoP designed and engineered the Center’s façade, then developed data for off-site fabrication and on-site construction coordination of 12,000 uniquely sized steel panels.

SHoP has always embraced the idea of a new challenge. So when approached to design and fabricate a four-story modular residence for Red Hook, an area in Brooklyn hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy, the firm was quick to rise to the occasion.

The Architect’s Cheat Sheet: 3 Questions Your Client Needs You To Answer

Thursday, April 17th, 2014


Architects, you are in the sometimes-tricky position to help your clients craft the space of their dreams, within the constraints of reality.

When you’re hired to plan a project, and your client team is starry eyed over the unlimited possibilities, don’t forget to carefully consider the 3 essential business questions that only you can address.

To win the project, it’s critical to address their aesthetic, branding, and programmatic needs.

But to construct a long-term success, below are the key questions the building owner/operator needs you to answer.

Experienced architects and planners should be prepared to address the following 3 questions in detail after your building/space planning process is complete.


A Lean Construction Case Study: Planning and Coordinating Prefabrication at St. Elizabeth Hospital

Thursday, April 10th, 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 a case study from the report:

Planning and Coordinating Prefabrication to Increase Project Profitability

St. Elizabeth Hospital 5-Story Patient Tower and Connector Building in Appleton, Wisconsin

Tweet: Planning & Coordinating #Prefabrication for Project Profitability [CASE STUDY] #LeanCon @Dassault3DS @mhconstruction Boldt Company has been using Lean project delivery for over a decade, and they have been able to bring many of the lessons they learned from the industrial side of their business to bear on their general building projects, according to Will Lichtig, vice president of business and process development at Boldt.

As general contractors who self-perform many trades and work collaboratively with trade partners on others, prefabrication is one area where they have been able to find opportunities to improve cost, schedule and safety on their projects while sustaining or improving quality. (more…)

How to Use Prefabrication on a Lean Construction Project

Thursday, April 3rd, 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 we wanted to highlight.

Lean Strategies for Employing Prefabrication

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Lean design and construction focuses on improving total project performance, rather than reducing the cost or accelerating the delivery of single activities or phases.

While the use of prefabricated components and modular construction is not new to the industry, their application has increased dramatically in recent years.


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.


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