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.
Click to Tweet: How #drones are helping Japan overcome
an #AEC labor shortage @aeccafe @Dassault3DS
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)
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.
Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Click to Tweet: Govt Leaders & Innovators Gather at @WCS_16
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.
The 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.
Thursday, June 9th, 2016
Click to Tweet: Benefits of Virtual Design & Construction
to #Civil Projects | @3DSAEC @Dassault3DS
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.
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
Click to Tweet: [VIDEO] See how #3DEXPERIENCE improves collaboration &
efficiency between architects, fabricators @3DSAEC http://ctt.ec/e7MDN+
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.
Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Click to Tweet:
#DfMA: Manufacturing Process to Improve Building Delivery
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.
Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Click to Tweet: Redefining How #AEC Can Apply #BIM for Digital Design & Construction: #BIMWorld16 @bim_world @Dassault3DS
Each year, BIM World aims to bring together all of the members of the AEC chain to discuss how BIM tools can improve the processes of individual companies and people in the industry forward as a whole. This year, a number of innovative presentations redefined how BIM can benefit AEC professionals.
Strong attendance at this year’s event, which took place this year in Paris, April 6-7, demonstrated just how much the adoption of BIM tools and technologies has grown in France. The theme of the event, “breaking the innovation code of real estate industry and urban design,” attracted an audience that included software vendors, as well as architects, general contractors and subcontractors.
Dassault Systèmes was on hand with information about all of its product offerings, from the latest versions of CATIA to its 3DEXPERIENCE platform. At the 2016 event, Dassault Systèmes received more than double the number of inquiries compared to last year. Part of that expanded interest could be attributed to presentations given by Dassault representatives and customers.
Thursday, May 5th, 2016
Click to Tweet: #ChrysalisAmphitheater: Transforming #AEC Through
Collaboration | @Dassault3DS @azahner @THEVERYMANY
In nature, “chrysalis” refers to the metallic-gold shell that encases a butterfly’s metamorphosis.
Like its namesake, the Chrysalis Amphitheater in Merriweather Park, Maryland is making a bold transformation.
The futuristic band shell, designed by Marc Fornes of THEVERYMANY, features a dual-curved steel and aluminum shell over a concrete base.
From curved tubes to custom shingles, the project is a wide-ranging, geometric display made up of many unique panel-types.
Conceptual skin model from the architect MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY
The manufacturer of this form is A. Zahner Company, an internationally acclaimed engineering and fabrication company based in Kansas City.
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Respected engineering and fabrication company A. Zahner Company is participating in the 2016 Façades+ Conference this week to promote the team’s system for creating unique façades and for improving design throughout the construction process.
CEO/President L. William Zahner will speak about the company’s technologies, techniques, and successes around the world.
Zahner VDC Technical Specialist Kyle Watson (left) will deliver an all-day workshop alongside Jonathan Asher of Dassault Systèmes (right).
Zahner Technologist Jim Nordstrom will also be onsite to answer questions and listen to feedback on what Zahner can do to improve your AEC workflows.
Register now for Façades+ in New York City on April 21-22, 2016.
Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Click to Tweet: Offsite Construction &
Prefabrication in #CivilEngineering | @3DSAEC
Prefabrication is the designing and manufacturing of assemblies under factory conditions, then transporting them to—and assembling them on—a construction site. The technique is most widely used for concrete and steel sections in structures where a particular part or form is repeated many times.
In civil engineering, prefabrication plays a key role in the construction of bridges, roads, tunnels, and more. Prefabrication can be used for:
- cantilevered decks of elevated bridges in highway projects
- parapets of expressways and road curbs
- precast girder units and beams for elevated roadways, tracks, viaducts, and pedestrian footbridges
- decks for long span bridges
- tunnel linings, especially for tunnels formed by tunnel boring machine
- sea walls
- railway platforms
- noise barrier panels
- overhanging ducts and service channels for underground facilities
- storm water discharge culverts
- and many other elements of a civil design project
Contributing Factors to the Prefabrication Trend in Civil Engineering
The main reasons for prefabrication construction is to reduce the overall time period of construction time on a project. This time savings can yield significant budget savings.
Thursday, April 7th, 2016
Click to Tweet: Spotlight on @CadMakersCo
#VirtualConstruction #AEC @3DSAEC
AEC Industry Solution Experiences on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables designers to view 18 floors of MEP elements at fabrication LOD 400 on what will be the world’s tallest wood building.
CadMakers Virtual Construction understands that the cost to construct a building is a small percent of the total lifecycle cost the structure. The company thinks it’s just as important to efficiently plan for maintenance as it is to build a structure, which is why CadMakers takes a holistic view of the AEC process.
Click to Tweet: Planning for maintenance is
just as important as building a structure
“People have thought that you can’t use manufacturing best practices in AEC because everything is different in our industry,” explained Javier Glatt, co-founder and CEO of CadMakers, a service company built to streamline the AEC industry and has executed 35 projects worth over US$3 billion in construction value since early 2014. “But new technologies, such as the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, are enabling this industry to automate processes and create a lot of value.”