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Watch the “Civil Design” Industry Process Experience at Work

Friday, March 25th, 2016


In this video, you’ll see an in-depth example of how a civil engineer can use the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to design a railway/bridge structure.

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The process begins by either leveraging the included Civil Engineering Catalogues (i.e. smart tools, reusable components, and IFC-compliant objects which speed up the creation of the skeleton), or the design can start from scratch.


Petersen Automotive Museum: How Design-Assist Models Are Transforming Façades

Thursday, March 17th, 2016
Petersen Automotive Museum | Photo by David Zaitz (Own work) CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Petersen Automotive Museum | Photo by David Zaitz (Own work) CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Zahner is an internationally acclaimed engineering and fabrication company best known for its highly crafted architectural metalwork.

One of Zahner’s recent projects, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), demonstrates how supply chain integration can help move complex buildings quickly to completion.

KPF principal Trent Tesch brought Zahner onto the project during its early stages to prove to the owner that the proposed façade — a complex swirling structure of stainless steel ribbons—would indeed be possible to fabricate.


How BIM Will Impact the Civil Design Process

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

BIM for Civil Design

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BIM: A Game Changer for Civil Design

The AEC industry is moving toward embracing a collaborative environment. It is crucial that owners, designers, engineers, and fabricators have simultaneous and real-time access to design models and project data.

AEC business leaders are advocating for Building Information Modeling (BIM) as the future of infrastructure projects worldwide.

Adopting BIM technologies into the civil design process will enable stakeholders to instantly collaborate with each other on an integrated design platform. BIM can provide for digital sharing and collaborating of models, instead of individually working from drawings.


Collaborative, Efficient Design Processes with “Civil Design for Fabrication”

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

A Growing Global Infrastructure

As the global population continues to rise, worldwide spending on civil engineering projects is expected to grow. Emerging markets such as China, the Middle East, and Latin America will be looking to facilitate rapid increases in infrastructure projects quickly and cost-effectively.

To keep pace, civil engineering and infrastructure professionals will need to address industry challenges, such as managing costs and schedules, reducing waste, and improving efficiency.

One key reason for inefficiency in AEC infrastructure projects is fragmentation. An integrated, collaborative environment would eliminate fragmentation, address business challenges, achieve higher quality, and improve efficiency.

Civil Design for Fabrication does just that:


Spotlight on Zahner: Improving AEC Efficiency Through Façade Design Integration

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Some of the big changes in the AEC Industry are being pushed by A. Zahner Company, an engineering and fabrication company based in Kansas City, Missouri.

In January 2016, we met with Zahner representative Ed Huels, Director of IT / VDC Services, to learn how the company is responding to the challenges that face the AEC industry.

Edward Huels, Director of VDC service, A.ZAHNER COMPANY

Edward Huels, Director of VDC service, A.ZAHNER COMPANY

Zahner has a long history in the sheet metal fabrication industry, dating back to 1897 when it was founded by Andrew Zahner. The company went through several transformations, producing a variety of standard sheet metal applications.

In the 1980’s, L. William Zahner, took the reins as the fourth-generation great-grandson of the family business. The company moved beyond producing standard systems to exploring architecture as art, just as the design world was beginning to explore new technology-based design solutions.


3D Technology + Construction: A High-Value Partnership

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

World-leading, innovative technology is being used successfully to make the aerospace and other manufacturing industries more responsive to demand, dynamic in development and increasingly efficient in delivery. I would argue that the construction industry is crying out for this innovation to drive efficiency, generate sustainability, improve safety and reduce waste.

The techniques of Building Information Modeling (BIM), being applied in some areas of the industry, take us part-way but the full value has yet to be realized.

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The technology used by the aerospace industry embraces the full spectrum: from initial design, detailed 3D digital mock-ups, to testing and proving in the virtual digital world. The 3D model is reviewed, revised, redesigned and tested to destruction without injury or damage.

The same platform of collaborative data then tracks materials requirements and the manufacturing process, following the aircraft from assembly to sale and delivery. It integrates data across the lifecycle of the program, to generate efficiency, reduce cost, cut waste, increase sustainability, improve safety and create value.


Watch the “Optimized Construction” Industry Solution Experience in Action [VIDEO]

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

NOW AVAILABLE: a demonstration video of Optimized Construction from Dassault Systèmes.

In this webinar, you will observe interactions between a general contractor and a subcontractor, facilitated by Optimized Construction on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

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When the subcontractor shares a 3D model with the general contractor, it’s a smooth exchange. Multiple project contributors may be employed by different organizations and still work together seamlessly within a single environment.

In the Design-Review process, the subcontractor reviews and validates an installation, and makes a suggestion to enhance the work instructions.

An interactive Work Breakdown Structure enables the general contractor to segregate project tasks by type, and delegate each task to the appropriate worker. The status of each task is tracked within the 3D model.

Dashboards offer various views, including a Phase Gate view and an Issue Summary view, for the general contractor to manage the project using integrated project plans.


Civil Design Case Study: Ganjiang Second Bridge

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

The following article is excerpted from Civil Design Innovation, a whitepaper developed by Dassault Systèmes and SMEDI. To read more, download the full whitepaper here

SMEDI is particularly strong in designing bridges, having designed almost all the major bridges in Shanghai. Of course, SMEDI’s work goes way beyond the city of Shanghai. One notable example is the Ganjiang Second Bridge in Jiangxi Province, which has a “fish-like” design that fits very well within the surrounding landscape.

The complex structure of the bridge comprises of a steel upper part, a concrete lower structure and in the middle, a mixed concrete and steel section.

Ganjiang Second Bridge 3DEXPERIENCE


INFRASTRUCTURE EFFICIENCY: SMEDI’s Civil Engineering BIM Simplifies Project Complexity

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Originally published in Compass Magazine. Written by JWDK.

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Shanghai Puxi section of the Ring Road project in China (Image © SMEDI)

Shanghai Puxi section of the Ring Road project in China (Image © SMEDI)

The Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute (SMEDI), one of China’s top municipal engineering companies, has completed 12,000 projects including water treatment plants, as well as road, bridge, rail, urban landscape, fuel gas and geotechnical engineering projects.

Compass spoke with Lv Wei Zhang, association chief engineer in SMEDI’s IT Center, and Junwei Wu, deputy director of SMEDI’s BIM Center, about their work to develop IT solutions for civil engineering’s unique challenges.

RELATED: Civil Design Innovation, a whitepaper by Dassault Systèmes and SMEDI

COMPASS: What challenges are SMEDI facing in executing its work?

LV WEI ZHANG: In China, it is common for major infrastructure projects to be carried out with design and construction happening in parallel. Typically, only 50% of the project is designed when construction begins. During construction, owners are able to plan the rest of the project with greater precision. So they modify their design as the project evolves. This is one of the ways to adjust projects.


INFRASTRUCTURE INNOVATION: Collaborative and Efficient Design Platform Simplifies Civil Engineering Projects

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Originally published in Compass Magazine. Written by Nick Lerner.

King Abdulla Financial District metro station (Image © Zaha Hadid Architects)

King Abdulla Financial District metro station (Image © Zaha Hadid Architects)

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To flourish, growing populations need more and better infrastructure – the roads, bridges and other public facilities created for government agencies by civil engineers and construction companies.

Costly overruns are typical in such projects, but experts agree that many challenges can be overcome through enhanced stakeholder collaboration.

By providing societies with infrastructure, including water, transport, communications, energy and waste systems, civil engineering projects help communities to function, develop and grow.

But much of the world’s infrastructure is inadequate and crumbling, and growing populations will only need more of it.


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