Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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“Taking the High Road”
Roads are not just a way to get from A to B.
They change how the land is used, especially in rural areas, and can transform lives and livelihoods. But “more” is not always “better.”
Roads allow people to reach health centers, schools and markets, which produces healthier, more skilled citizens, and in turn generates trade, jobs and economic growth. Roads can also lower food and other prices, and cut waste.
Indeed, a paved road can halve the chances of spoilage, by getting fresh food to market quicker. According to the Copenhagen Consensus Center, a $239 billion investment in roads (as well as rail and electricity networks) in developing markets over the next 15 years could eliminate $3.1 trillion in food waste.
Yet about 1.2 billion people worldwide still lack access to an all-weather road, according to the World Bank. That is changing rapidly.
Roads are being built at an unprecedented pace: 25 million kilometers of paved thoroughfares are expected to be built by 2050—enough to circle the Earth 600 times, says William Laurance, research professor at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, and director of its Center for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science.
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to be built by 2050—enough to circle Earth 600xs”
But are these roads being built where they are most needed?
Thursday, October 1st, 2015
Click to Tweet: A “Perfect Storm”
for #AEC Industry Transformation
It’s no secret that the AEC industry is suffering from a surplus of waste: wasted materials, wasted time spent on rework and change orders, waste from highly fragmented processes.
However, what the industry is beginning to realize is that it’s not the first group to think, There must be a better way.
The aerospace industry is one recent example; in the 1990s, companies such as Boeing began to look at technologies and processes used in other industries to tighten their supply chain and manufacturing processes. A switch to all-digital modeling made this possible.
Thursday, September 24th, 2015
Click to Tweet: “Shanghai Foundation Engineering Group
brings info-based approach to #CivilEngineering”
Shanghai Foundation Engineering Group has implemented “advanced construction process simulation methods” with the Optimized Planning Industry Process Experience.
Shanghai Foundation Engineering Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Shanghai Construction Group. The firm has 1,680 employees and is focused on foundation engineering, constructing harbors, bridges, tunnels, and other large structures.
Highly regarded through the construction industry globally, Shanghai Construction Group has built a large number of important, iconic and award-winning projects, all using the latest technologies. To ensure leadership in professional construction technology, the company and its subsidiaries are committed to the pursuit of excellence, continuous innovation in research and development, and rigorous project and process management approaches.
Thursday, September 17th, 2015
Hector Lorenzo Camps has set his sights on integrating the AEC industry at its earliest stages.
The former architect and current building information consultant teaches a course on the Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience platform at the University of Miami School of Architecture with the goal of increasing collaboration in all areas of the industry.
Thursday, September 10th, 2015
After decades providing IT and product lifecycle management consulting services to the aerospace industry, Mohamed Ali El Hani saw an opportunity to apply his experience in that mature industry to a new sector just beginning to adopt similar processes and tools: the AEC industry.
Mohamed Ali El Hani, CEO of IMPARARIA Inc.
Interested in exploring how aerospace technologies and a PLM approach could help improve the productivity of the design and construction industries, El Hani founded Impararia Solutions Inc. in 2009.
With Impararia, El Hani set out to become a leader in PLM, helping AEC customers optimize their business processes by looking at IT investments that address the full lifecycle of their projects.
However, the CEO of the Montreal-based company quickly recognized that despite the many similarities between aerospace and AEC, significant gaps still exist.
Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
When Miro Miletic began his career with Boeing in the 1990s, the aviation industry was at the precipice of tremendous change.
Although designers still produced paper drawings for each aircraft, 3DCAD was emerging as a drawing alternative.
Miro Miletic, Managing Director and founder of MEMKO PTY LTD
With the 777, Miletic was part of the team to design and build an aircraft using 3D CAD as the master model.
The next step was the 787: the first aircraft designed without paper using Model Based Definition (MBD). Everyone, from supply to production, worked from digital models. The design process realized incredible new efficiencies with this move.
Today, from his position as founder of technology service provider MEMKO Pty Ltd. in Australia, Miletic is urging the AEC industry to recognize the efficiencies it, too, stands to gain from a digital transition.
Jumping Across Industries
His decades as a Boeing executive also gave Miletic an appreciation for the art of integrating solutions across industries. Since founding MEMKO in 2007, Miletic has been more focused than ever on that goal. MEMKO provides technology solutions, engineering and training for a variety of industries, including aerospace, defence, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) and others.
Thursday, August 27th, 2015
The Optimized Construction Industry Solution Experience from Dassault Systèmes integrates AEC project data, tracks progress, and brings together project teams – including owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, fabricators, and sub-contractors – all on a single, intuitive, collaborative platform.
You get the value of:
- Integrated Project Plans—where project data files are integrated with plans in the same location – bringing together all information in one place.
- Project Visibility— through real-time dashboards that summarize project status and give visibility to all participants. With real-time updates, you can identify potential problem areas and take action early on.
- The Power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform— that puts everyone on the same platform, giving people the ability to talk, discuss, chat, and collaborate on a project together;
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an #AEC Industry Solution Experience from @Dassault3DS
Optimized Construction connects the dots between project progress, project efforts, and corresponding 3D data – bringing it all together under one 3D umbrella for a “single source of truth”.
Thursday, August 13th, 2015
BDHOME, a leading omnichannel retailer of innovative and affordable home decor in China, and Dassault Systèmes announced at the Kitchen & Bath China 2015 expo in Shanghai that they are partnering to revolutionize the home decoration industry in greater China with unique consumer experiences that extend beyond the showroom and into the home.
To support this initiative, the two companies will create a joint venture that will accelerate the adoption of Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform by the home furniture and decoration markets. The joint venture combines the expertise of Dassault Systèmes in transformative digital solutions and of BDHOME in creative business models for high-quality, affordable home decor, to provide powerful 3D technologies that bring a new level of quality to the showroom experience.
Thursday, August 6th, 2015
Admiralty Station, Hong Kong
Lionel Lambourn, director of Syntegrate, first gained familiarity with the possibilities afforded by BIM during his studies at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, before putting those possibilities to use at Gehry Technologies. During his tenure there, he helped set up the company’s Middle Eastern branches, using BIM tools in real-world applications.
Lionel L. Lambourn, Director, Syntegrate
It was that firsthand exposure to the ways that technology can boost efficiency in the construction process that led Lambourn to launch Syntegrate. The consultancy’s name was coined to describe the company’s focus on “synthesizing disciplines and integrating technologies.”
Why integrated technologies? As Lambourn quite simply explains, construction is a highly integrated discipline. It requires the work and knowledge of multiple disciplines to create something so complicated as a building, but it’s often at the intersection of trades where problems arise. Today’s advanced software technology can easily be leveraged to ease the coordination required among building professionals and smooth the transitions of trades and materials.
Click to Tweet: #Construction requires multiple disciplines;
problems arise at intersection of trades
“In this day and age I see integration of technology as the best way to address some of the accepted, in-built assortments of waste and inefficiency in the construction industry,” Lambourn says. “Our mission at Syntegrate is to leverage technology to realize our built environment more appropriately, more efficiently and more sustainably.”
Thursday, July 30th, 2015
The National Research Foundation (NRF), Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore, and Dassault Systèmes have announced a cooperation to develop Virtual Singapore, a realistic and integrated 3D model with semantics and attributes in the virtual space.
Advanced information and modeling technology will allow Virtual Singapore to be infused with static and dynamic city data and information.
Click to Tweet: #VirtualSingapore will allow citizens, business, government & researchers to model city data
Virtual Singapore is a collaborative platform with a rich data environment and visualization techniques that will be used by Singapore’s citizens, businesses, government and research community to develop tools and services that address the emerging and complex challenges Singapore faces.