Archive for the ‘AEC’ Category
Thursday, July 13th, 2017
Powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, CATIA & ENOVIA applications help to vastly improve speeds on Chengdu’s Second Ring Road.
Chengdu’s Second Ring Road is the city’s largest municipal construction project. The road is over 28 km long and 8 lanes wide.
After completion of the first construction stage, it had only 6 overpasses.
Renovations were completed within a year, with simultaneous design, revision, and construction work resulting in the construction of 2,128 piers, 2,323 caps, and 6,785 piles by the hands of over 4,000 workers.
When the road was opened in May 2013, it was the city’s only express road devoid of stoplights. It serves over 200,000 people each day, significantly relieving traffic congestion.
Thursday, June 29th, 2017
In his recent Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industry Trends presentation, Marty Doscher, Vice President, AEC Industry, Dassault Systèmes, identified four accelerating trends that are driving transformative changes across the industry:
- Higher usage of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA), prefabrication, and modular construction.
- More data-driven decision-making as a result of greater BIM adoption.
- Expansion of Building Information Management (BIM) beyond design—in all stages of the project lifecycle, and by users across all disciplines.
- Growth of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) as a social industry experience.
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expanded #BIM, & #ARVR | @aeccafe @3DSAEC https://ctt.ec/M5fWd+
As these industry trends build momentum, demand is growing for solutions to overcome the barriers to greater success.
For example, with increasing BIM adoption, Doscher expects to see a further increase in the use of VR as a design tool that boosts collaboration.
The 3DEXPERIENCity “Experience Room” is one example of how AR/VR tools work for AEC: stakeholders are projected into a collaborative workspace through which experts from government, business, urban planning, infrastructure design, and so on, can work together in harmony to define a city’s future.
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The Experience Room, on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
The Shortcomings of BIM
BIM solves some of the AEC industry’s problems, but is not a total solution. BIM alone is incomplete.
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Most projects are still over budget and behind schedule—even now, more than 15 years after BIM was introduced.
Today’s document-centric BIM methodology is still unable to break down silos among stakeholders. Too much energy is spent managing lines of communication that, when broken, lead to RFIs and heavy administrative costs.
Plus, design, construction, and operations remain separate from one another. Once a facility is built, the operations team may receive BIM data. However, this data is insufficient for what is needed to support long-term maintenance. Instead, the operations team typically creates their own “digital as-built” of the facility with the information they need.
Friday, June 23rd, 2017
Tweet: Intelligent 3D #curtain_wall Design | @Desktop_Eng @3DSAEC @aeccafe https://ctt.ec/K4Z8n+
Republished with permission from Geoff Haines, Desktop Engineering
Goethe said that “By seeking and blundering, we learn.”
Well I am not so sure that I would like to start a career in engineering knowing I was blundering in order to learn. But his point is bluntly put – that what we call knowledge is gained through making mistakes.
In other words, engineers push the envelope in design, making things bigger or lighter until they fail and then seeking out what went wrong.
Thursday, June 15th, 2017
Kengo Kuma and Associates (KKAA) have taken on larger and more complex projects, and expanded around the globe. Through this growth, as KKAA worked to maintain data accuracy, a strain was put on its previous 3D modeling software.
The company therefore adopted the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud—and the Design for Fabrication industry solution experience—to accurately manage a wide variety of parameters in real-time, across multiple disciplines, during the development of architectural projects.
As a result, KKAA streamlined its design creation and change processes, created a single database of revisions for future reference, and improved design quality while retaining the essence of the “Kengo Kuma” design philosophy.
Thursday, May 25th, 2017
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.
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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.
Thursday, May 18th, 2017
“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.
Thursday, May 4th, 2017
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.
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’.”
Image © 2017 Inner Arbor Trust
Thursday, April 27th, 2017
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 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.
“The collaborative BIM platform brings new services for all” – JONATHAN RIONDET, Director of AEC Solutions, Dassault Systèmes
Thursday, April 20th, 2017
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
- CO Architects
- New Jersey Institute of Technology
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.
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Champion users from the 3DEXPERIENCE Construction TRIBE formed 6 teams and spent 24 hours straight creating more than 60 lifelike renderings.
Thursday, April 13th, 2017
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 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.