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Kengo Kuma Associates’s AEC Hackathon Experience

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Kengo Kuma & Associates (KKAA), founded by celebrated Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, specializes in designs that use natural materials. The firm’s distinctive style gives the impression of an organic structure, while the process to generate such intricate designs is purely digital.

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KKAA representatives were enthusiastic participants in the AEC Design Hackathon at Design in the Age of Experience 2017, along with a wider group of progressive, world-renowned architectural firms.
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Construction Excellence through Virtual Construction

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Guest post by Dong Liming, EPC Consultant, Dassault Systèmes


Dong Liming, EPC Consultant, Dassault Systèmes

In the past few years, one important component of Dassault Systèmes’ leading construction experiences – Optimized Planning – hasbeen adopted by pioneering construction firms. The power of digital technology has already given these companies outstanding achievements, both in terms of the projects they have built and the awards they have won.
Any discussion of digital construction should start by introducing the technology on which it is based – Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA digital manufacturing technologies powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. With the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, users can quickly analyze, plan, and reorganize product, process, and resource information and integrate new technologies such as virtual reality, networked computing, rapid prototyping, databases, and multimedia. It enables the simulation of product and process, manufacture of prototypes, and rapid execution of a complete manufacturing and construction processes. And now we are bringing our many years of experience and success in manufacturing to the AEC industry.
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Zahner Works – Emerson College at Los Angeles

Thursday, August 17th, 2017
Guest post by A. Zahner Company (Originally published on the Zahner Works)
Zahner is a customer of Dassault Systemes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Emerson College LA is designed by Morphosis with a series of custom facade systems design-engineered, manufactured, and installed by Zahner. The new Emerson College campus in Los Angeles provides a landmark for film and performing arts students of the Boston-based college to study in an immersive environment. The innovative design by the esteemed architects at Morphosis provides an integrated and efficient experience for both visitors and students.

View of Emerson College at Los Angeles from across Sunset Boulevard. Photo © A. Zahner Company.

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Here’s How Syntegrate’s BIM Expertise Made the Admiralty Station Project Possible

Friday, August 11th, 2017

The Admiralty Integrated Station & Sha Tin to Central Link project is the expansion of an existing station on the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system.

As one of the interchange stations on Hong Kong’s busy MTR network, Admiralty Station will need to accommodate 2 new railway lines, the Shatin to Central Link (SCL) and the South Island Line (SIL), making it the first 4-line interchange in the Hong Kong MTR system. This project was further complicated by a demanding construction schedule.

Syntegrate, a consultancy specializing in the application of computer-based technology in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry, was responsible for implementing Building Information Modeling, or BIM, on this project. The team utilizes BIM Modeling and Management software tools and provides specialty services to assist in master planning, architectural design, project management, construction, and operations of the built environment.

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Throughout the expansion of Admiralty Station, which involved construction directly beneath the existing metro lines, the daily operations of the trains had to continue without interruptions. Therefore, in addition to the demanding construction schedule, the operational constraints imposed by the existing station meant that it was necessary to formulate and accurately execute a highly detailed construction plan.

Syntegrate responded to this challenge by utilizing CATIA on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. They visualized construction procedures and periodically incorporated up-to-date as-built models into the BIM environment. With this innovative approach, they produced accurate quantity take-offs, optimized the flow of logistics, and verified construction processes for all stakeholders.

As a result, Syntegrate delivered the following value to the project:

  • Successfully assisted the main contractor to develop constructible method statements throughout construction
  • Effectively used the as-built data in the BIM system to analyze and precisely coordinate subsequent construction
  • Improved construction strategies, safety measures, and work procedures through the use of BIM
  • Produced accurate calculations of resource levels and construction costs to assist in planning
  • Visualize and optimize upcoming work to improve space utilization on a very constrained site

With Syntegrate’s help, the 3D model enabled construction workers on-site to foresee subsequent processes.

The project stakeholders could also anticipate issues and opportunities early so they could make adjustments in a virtual environment to reduce risk.

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Top 3 Issues Facing Architecture

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Guest post by A. Zahner Company (Originally published on the Zahner blog)

Recently, we issued a survey asking architects, engineers, artists, and contractors to describe some of their pain points regarding collaborative construction processes today. Our hope is that by identifying the biggest issues we face in our industry, we can begin a dialog to find the best solutions.

We selected a number of answers to these questions and shared them below. Each of the responders had strong insights into what problems our industries face, and what we found may surprise you (including the fact that architects love the color black — who knew?!)

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https://ctt.ec/fhca7+

Without further ado, here are the Top 3 Issues Facing Architecture + Design Communities, according to you:

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BIM and the G20 Meeting Hall

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

LU ZHI-HONG, YASHA

Article by LU ZHI-HONG, General Manager, Zhejiang YASHA Decoration Co., Ltd., BIM Center; Member, China Graphics Society BIM Committee; Deputy Editor of BIM Standards for Interiors and Curtain Walls, China Building Decoration Association.


When the 2016 G20 summit was planned to be held at the Hangzhou International Expo Center, Zhejiang YASHA Co., Ltd. took on the major project for the core meeting area.

This construction project involved dynamic designs, complicated construction techniques, a short timeframe, and special security requirements.

The overall design and construction work was very challenging, particularly the G20 main meeting hall.

The Building Information Modeling (BIM) team at YASHA used on-site 3D laser scanning, parametric modeling, streamlined design and fabrication, and other BIM techniques to help designers and project managers flawlessly complete their tasks and ensure the seamless construction of the G20 main hall.

click-to-tweetTweet: The story of #BIM & the G20 Meeting Hall in
Hangzhou, China | @3DSAEC @aeccafe https://ctt.ec/fdt1u+

Background and Goals for BIM on the Project

The Hangzhou International Expo Center is a landmark project for the city of Hangzhou. It was selected as the site of the 2016 G20 summit.

Because of the site’s special functions and the short construction timeframe, construction proved to be extremely challenging. Most difficult was the complicated design and high construction standards for the G20 main hall.

To address this challenge, our company began preparing our BIM technology well in advance of the project. Our company put forth its full effort, organizing designers, builders, and BIM personnel into a working group to employ BIM technology during the design and construction phases to ensure high standards. This allowed us to achieve our goal of high levels of quality, efficiency, and control.

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How Can BIM Software Locate Bridge Faults?

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.

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AEC Industry Trends: Driving Toward Connection, Digitization, Transformation

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.

click-to-tweetTweet: 4 growing AEC trends: #prefab, data-driven decisions,
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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#3DEXPERIENCity @aeccafe @3DSAEC https://ctt.ec/9mZb1+

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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@3DSAEC @aeccafe https://ctt.ec/Rp726+

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.
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Intelligent 3D Curtain Wall Design

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

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glass facade

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.

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Case Study: 3DEXPERIENCE Enables KKAA to Renew Its Focus on Materials

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.
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