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How Virtual Reality Will Dramatically Redefine Architecture

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

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Guest post by Quartz creative services; originally published on the 3D Perspectives blog

As we construct future buildings, we will start to see more mingling between architecture and virtual reality.

Imagine you’re a hotelier. Your newest property—let’s call it a high-end resort in the south of France—has gone into construction, but is not yet fully designed. Your firm is based in New York. The old way of designing the property would have involved several transatlantic flights and PDFs sent between you, the architecture firm, your marketing team, and any other stakeholders. Choosing the layout of the hotel rooms, making furniture selections, even just picking out materials and a color scheme, “can be a long and expensive process,” says Benoît Pagotto, a co-founder of IVR Nation.
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Smart Facilities: The Next Generation of Sustainable Management and Operations

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

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Rhomberg Group, Zumtobel Group, Bosch Software Innovations, Modcam AB, and Dassault Systèmes collaborated on a landmark smart office building project, in order to introduce more sustainable management of homes, commercial buildings and factories to smart cities of the future.

The pilot project at the LifeCycle Tower (LCT) ONE building in Dornbirn, Austria was presented during the 2016 Bosch ConnectedWorld event in Berlin, Germany.

The modern LCT ONE, owned by Rhomberg Group and equipped with a state-of-the-art Zumtobel lighting solution and smart controls system, is ideal to turn into an innovative connected building targeting the highest standards of sustainability and user comfort.

The LCT ONE project is the latest from 3DEXPERIENCE® City to virtually represent, extend and improve the real world and manage data, processes and people of sustainable cities.

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How Zahner shows clients, “Your fantastic projects are buildable”

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

The following video features A. Zahner Company using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to better communicate and collaborate with AEC project owners and team members:

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“Your Fantastic Projects Are Buildable”

CEO William Zahner predicts future facades will increase in complexity, including more dynamic and kinetic aspects, and requiring an integrated platform. Such a solution will “open up opportunities for the design and fabrication community to do some really amazing things.”

The Zahner team found that developing precise 3D models gives reassures to clients that their risk is mitigated.

In addition, they are better able to communicate openly, transparently with clients, contractors, architects, subcontractors throughout the project.

Because of its complexity and the amount of coordination required, the Chrysalis Amphitheater was the flagship project where Zahner used the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

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End BIM Fragmentation: Embrace Collaboration with “Design for Fabrication”

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

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Today’s AEC projects are more complex than ever, achieving heights, shapes and performance capabilities undreamed of a few years ago. Yet even as owners demand more from their buildings, many AEC professionals are still using processes that lead to redundant design, idle labor and significant rework.

There is now a solution available that harnesses the expert knowledge of the entire AEC team to create processes that are as efficient as the resulting project.

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To BIM or not to BIM?

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

The following article was originally published by Geoff Haines on the Desktop Engineering Blog and is reprinted with permission.


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

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

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I can’t claim originality to this Shakespearean title which has suitable gravity for many companies in the construction industry. It was thought up by Dr Steve Lo of Bath University for a one-day conference I attended organised by the “Future Envelope” community of façade designers and manufacturers.

Drawing from members of the European Façade Networks, the Society of Façade Engineers and Centre for Window Cladding technology, the aim of the conference was to discuss how BIM can help or even hinder the design and construction process of building façades.

To start off, early presentations included how professionals and companies can gain accreditation to be BIM Level 2 compliant. This is a requirement for any building design and construction contract delivered to the UK government since April 2016. Hence it’s a hot topic and the explanations given by BRE (Building Research Establishment) on their BIM Level 2 certification process were received well.

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How drones are helping Japan overcome a labor shortage

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Originally posted to 3D Perspectives by Catherine Bolgar, former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe. For more from Catherine Bolgar, contributors from the Economist Intelligence Unit, along with industry experts, join the Future Realities discussion.


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The “i-Construction” initiative was unveiled last December by Keiichi Ishii, Japan’s minister of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism. Its goal is a 50% increase in construction workers’ productivity. Japan’s labor force is projected to decline to 56.8 million in 2030 due to a shrinking population, down 14% from 2010, and automation is seen as a strong solution. (IMF Working Paper, Foreign Help Wanted: Easing Japan’s Labor Shortages)

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Drones are helping Japan overcome an AEC labor shortage (Photo courtesy of iStock)

The program mostly involves developing standards for integrating information and communications technology with the construction industry. The new technology is being developed by the private sector.

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World Cities Summit Hosts Government Leaders & Innovators Solving City Planning Challenges

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

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to Solve #CityPlanning Challenges | @Dassault3DS @aeccafe

Today’s cities consume as much as 75% of natural resources, 70% of global energy consumption and energy-related carbon emissions—and are growing at a rate of 1.3 million people each week.

To grow cities more responsibly, sustainably and satisfyingly for residents, government leaders from around the world are coming together to discuss shared challenges, and potential solutions, at the 2016 World Cities Summit.

imgresThe summit, scheduled for July 10-14, 2016, welcomes to Singapore leaders of some of the world’s most forward-thinking cities, as well as academics, AEC professionals and other industry experts to discuss city challenges and share solutions.

Under the theme Livable & Sustainable Cities: Innovative Cities of Opportunity, the event is a platform for discussions of how cities can perform long-term planning in a way that better serves their residents, and improves resilience, through policy, new technology and social innovation.

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Benefits of Virtual Design and Construction to Civil Construction Projects

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

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The ability to visualize the built environment is critical to the design and construction of civil construction projects. While 3D simulation is widely used in the design phase of infrastructure projects, it is still gaining momentum in the construction phase.

Advancements in 3D and 4D simulation technology, however, now make it possible for project stakeholders to better visualize the construction process of complex buildings and infrastructure projects. This advanced visual communication provides a valuable asset to the building design process and is one that civil engineering projects should adopt.

More construction project sites now use virtual design and construction simulation. Virtual simulation provides a 3D and 4D computer-generated representation and offers a very realistic view of buildings, bridges, infrastructure, and other graphical models.

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Watch How “Façade Design for Fabrication” Can Boost Efficiency

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

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In this video, you’ll learn get a firsthand look at how Façade Design for Fabrication can help architects, engineers and construction managers to work more efficiently with façade fabricators.

Façade Design for Fabrication, powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, connects all processes from design through fabrication and construction. The result is a significant reduction in design process and fabrication waste.

This video will walk you through the process of designing a new stadium and then demonstrate how a façade engineer can use this same 3D model to produce shop drawings.

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Design for Manufacture & Assembly (DfMA): Manufacturing Process to Improve Building Delivery

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

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Richard Kelly, Operations Director for buildingSMART International

Richard Kelly, Operations Director for buildingSMART International

We interviewed Richard Kelly, Operations Director for buildingSMART International, to get his take on the Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) trend in AEC Industry.

The concept of DfMA was developed in the 1970s as a structured way of making product development more efficient.

Today, however, DfMA is one more manufacturing concept that is transforming the efficiency with which buildings are brought to market.
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