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Akio Moriwaki
Akio Moriwaki
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.

Reimagining Manufacturing and Architecture

May 25th, 2017 by Akio Moriwaki

While architects once straddled a chasm between creative thinking and technical knowhow, that gap has closed in recent years. Technical tools continue to blow away the restrictions that have hindered architecture in the past.

This was one takeaway at a presentation given during Design in the Age of Experience 2017.

John Cerone, director of Virtual Design and Construction, for SHoP Architects, explained that architects are increasingly looking to step outside of their traditional roles.

“The AEC industry is restricted by a lot of traditional methods. We’ve realized that to create the design you want, you have to step out and speak with the people manufacturing the pieces and parts,” Cerone commented.

click-to-tweetTweet: Architects have to speak w/the people #manufacturing the pieces & parts @SHoPArchitects @3DSAEC @aeccafe

David Wong John Cerone

David Wong (left), head of the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center, Nanyang Polytechnic, explained with John Cerone, director of Virtual Design and Construction, SHoP, how new manufacturing processes are pushing possibilities in architecture.

Additive Manufacturing Creates New Opportunities

One of the technologies delivering new freedom to design professionals is additive manufacturing.

David Wong, head of Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center, Nanyang Polytechnic University in Singapore, shared the stage with Cerone to explain how the growth of this new manufacturing process isn’t just transforming the possibilities available through architecture—it’s also pushing the design process further as design and manufacturing professionals together explore the need for new processes.

“I think you can see today there is a convergence in additive manufacturing and the design perspective,” Wong said. “You can see the convergence not only on the different technologies but also the processes itself.”

click-to-tweetTweet: Additive manufacturing & the design perspective are converging @nyptweets #3dprinting @3DSAEC @aeccafe

The convergence Wong sees is leading to new possibilities in generative design, and a fast-track approach to breaking down boundaries in manufacturing.

“Today it is possible to manufacture things you had never dreamed of before,” Wong said. “Cost was always one of the drivers, and product complexity drives cost. But today this barrier is ripped off.”

To demonstrate how designers are pushing boundaries with technology, Cerone discussed his work on an entirely 3D printed pavilion installed in Miami for a design fair.

“It’s small scale compared to some of the environments we work in, but we wanted to make it all about ambition and ‘firsts’,” Cerone said.

SHoP worked with Branch Technology, a printer working to make material printing viable for construction, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to provide a second printing technology using biodegradable bamboo medium.

Project manufactured through 3D printing using bamboo

Over 3 months of production, the design team pushed its Miami Pavilion to achieve a number of firsts. Among them: the project was manufactured through 3D printing using bamboo.

The entire project was done 100% digitally in CATIA, Cerone said.

Moreover, the structure was assembled on-site only 3 days before the fair, with every piece forming a perfect fit. “This is where we’re heading,” Cerone said of these processes.

click-to-tweetTweet: #3dprinted Pavilion #FloandJet assembled in Miami in 3 days @SHoPArchitects @BranchTechno @ORNL @3DSAEC @aeccafe

A “Destructive” Evolution

Wong called this new approach the start of an era of “destructive evolution,” adding that “additive manufacturing is a destructive technology, as it essentially destructs many of the things we are doing right now. It changes the game of manufacturing.”

And this, in turn, is changing architecture.

“Generative design is becoming more viable today,” Wong said, “because it helps designers to concentrate on design intent. We’re not concerned about manufacturing the parts.”

Software such as the 3DEXPERIENCE platform allows architects to focus on pure design. No longer is there a process where creative ideas are jotted down on paper, then passed to specialists to determine how best to make those “grand gestures” work in application.

Instead, today’s technology adds information into the earliest levels of design, providing a holistic project view, a cross-section of a project and details as it evolves. All of that information can be delivered directly to CNC machines—or additive manufacturing equipment—and leading to a much more efficient workflow.

architects are gaining greater freedom

As new technology fills in the mechanical knowhow that ensures buildings will function as needed, architects are gaining greater freedom in what they can imagine.

“The technology platforms available to us really are breaking down that false dichotomy between creative and mechanical thinking. This is a synthesis where it happens simultaneously,” Cerone says.

click-to-tweetTweet: Tech removes false dichotomy between creative & mechanical thinking @SHoPArchitects @nyptweets @3DSAEC @aeccafe

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No Holding Back: Infrastructure Engineers Push for BIM Standards

May 18th, 2017 by Akio Moriwaki
JONATHAN RIONDET, AEC Solutions, Dassault Systèmes

“BIM must extend beyond buildings to support infrastructure and Smart Cities” JONATHAN RIONDET, AEC Solutions, Dassault Systèmes

“BIM must extend beyond buildings to support infrastructure and Smart Cities” JONATHAN RIONDET, AEC Solutions, Dassault SystèmesMuch of the productivity-boosting potential of BIM for transforming the AEC industries has been inspired by the use of digital mockups in the manufacturing and aerospace industries.
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The Chrysalis Emerges: Celebrating the Success of a Powerful Collaboration

May 4th, 2017 by Akio Moriwaki

A dedication ceremony for the Chrysalis — part sculpture, part amphitheater, part park pavilion — tucked in the woods of Columbia, Maryland, allowed the community and project stakeholders alike to fully experience the structure’s scale and precision firsthand.

chrysalis from air Dassault

Images courtesy of @azahner

The endeavor was shepherded by Michael McCall, President of Strategic Leisure (on behalf of the Inner Arbor Trust), and designed and delivered by A. Zahner Company, Arup, Living Design Lab, THEVERYMANY, Whiting-Turner, and a suite of other talented AEC professionals.

As the Downtown Columbia Partnership observed, “Seemingly no line stands still. Its look is dynamic and flows in a manner of ‘calculated serendipity’.”

Chrysalis-Press Release image1

Image © 2017 Inner Arbor Trust

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Leveraging the Full Value of BIM’s Interoperability Potential

April 27th, 2017 by Akio Moriwaki

Despite the widespread adoption of BIM tools among design professionals, the AEC industry is still in many ways at the surface of the true benefits BIM platforms can offer.

“BIM should not be seen as just a way to do a beautiful 3D image from the project, but as a tool for true collaboration that should be the industry standard,” commented Jonathan Riondet, AEC industry solution technical director for Dassault Systèmes, during a recent presentation at BIM World.

click-to-tweetClick to Tweet: “#BIM is not just for beautiful 3D imagery—
it’s a tool for true collaboration” @jonathanriondet

Riondet explained that interoperability—across trades and data platforms—is key in realizing the great collaborative power of this data tool.

JONATHAN RIONDET, Director of AEC Solutions

“The collaborative BIM platform brings new services for all” – JONATHAN RIONDET, Director of AEC Solutions, Dassault Systèmes

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Creativity Unleashed at the AEC Design Hackathon

April 20th, 2017 by Akio Moriwaki

At the Design in the Age of Experience 2017 AEC Hackathon, we brought 13 CATIA R&D experts from Dassault Systèmes together with 17 architectural design professionals from the world’s most progressive firms, including:

  • Zaha Hadid Architects
  • SHoP Architects
  • HKS Architects
  • Kengo Kuma and Associates
  • Morphosis
  • CO Architects
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • CadMaker

The objective of the hackathon was to create innovative building designs in under 24 hours with CATIA’s latest generative modeling applications on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

click-to-tweetTweet: Creativity Unleashed at the @Dassault3DS #AEC
Design Hackathon @aeccafe

Champion users from the 3DEXPERIENCE Construction TRIBE formed 6 teams and spent 24 hours straight creating more than 60 lifelike renderings.
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Perfect Alignment: From 3D Design to the Final Bolt

April 13th, 2017 by Akio Moriwaki

Perfect Alignment Dassault Systemes 1

Imagine the possibilities if you could design buildings that combine the artistry of stunning craftsmanship with the science of building.

Over the last several decades, the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) industry has required cost effective project delivery, while customers still demand high quality and advanced systems design. The fragmented processes across designers, architects, engineers and fabricators combined with traditional design tools, have contributed to this by constraining the possibilities for design.

The good news is that many leading companies have found ways to break down those barriers to seamlessly connect design to fabrication. As a result, they can unleash creative potential and standout from their competition, without sacrificing deadlines or budget.

click-to-tweetClick to Tweet: “Perfect Alignment: From #3D Design
to the Final Bolt” @3DSAEC #3DEXPERIENCE @aeccafe

Combine Art and Engineering

A beautiful building stands out. It even creates a sense of awe that draws people to it. It inspires and creates an emotional connection that makes people feel better in the space. It’s the artistry of that building that shapes that emotion.
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INFOGRAPHIC: Future Directions in Architecture

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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Intelligent Rainscreen Façade Video

March 23rd, 2017 by Akio Moriwaki

Originally published on the Desktop Engineering blog. Written by Geoff Haines.

At Desktop Engineering, we aim to help our customers find ways of doing design or manufacturing quicker and of higher quality using software technologies.

Geoffrey M. Haines, BSc(Eng), ACGI, C Eng, MIMechE, FRSA

One of the approaches we can use is to use a rule based approach to capture knowledge to allow it to be re-used.
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AEC and the Future of Design

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.

click-to-tweetClick to Tweet: #AEC & the Future of Design:
Apr 4-5, 2017 | #3DEXPERIENCE

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Efficiency by Design: Visualization Technologies Help Zahner Build the Present and Plan for the Future

March 2nd, 2017 by Akio Moriwaki

by Nick Lerner

click-to-tweetClick to Tweet: Efficiency by #Design: Visualization #Tech Helps
@azahner Build the Present & Plan for the Future @3DSAEC

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.

L. William Zahner, President and CEO of Kansas City-based A. Zahner Company. (Image © Cameron Gee)

L. William Zahner, President and CEO of Kansas City-based A. Zahner Company. (Image © Cameron Gee)

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.”
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