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Building Lifecycle Management Fosters a BIM Level 3 Approach for End-to-End AEC Collaboration [Whitepaper]

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014


Cover: END-TO-END COLLABORATION ENABLED BY BIM LEVEL 3 An Industry Approach Based on Best Practices from ManufacturingIndustrialization techniques have been commonly used in Manufacturing industries for decades. Now the use of Industrialized Construction in AEC is expanding to help improve planning, design, construction, and assembly for increased sustainability, optimized operations, lower costs, and greater safety.

With the growing adoption of BIM, companies can further benefit by implementing a Building Lifecycle Management (BLM) system. BLM puts into practice a BIM Level 3 approach that enables a highly efficient Extended Collaboration model based on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Manufacturing industry best practices.

Dassault Systèmes has just published an industry paper proposing an Extended Collaboration model for AEC, based on Manufacturing industry best practices.

Extended Collaboration Model for Design, Construction, and Operations

The concepts covered include:

  • How a Design Review process helps connect architects and building product system manufacturers to reduce the number of issues that must be formally clarified by RFIs and submittals during project delivery
  • How Process Simulation can reveal even minor integration errors, illustrate which processes are the most cost- and time-effective, demonstrate how prefabrication will affect a project, and generate highly accurate sequence data
  • How collaborative processes and advanced technologies streamline operations and improve project outcomes, illustrated by examples and client case studies
  • How to unlock BIM data, making it “transactable” across the extended project team, to achieve BIM Level 3
  • The limitations of BIM Level 2 point solutions
  • BLM system benefits, and features of the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE® platform and applications
  • How to approach the implementation of a BLM system

… and more.


Spotlight on Becher Neme: BIM Expert Pushes a Zero-Change-Order Approach

Thursday, September 25th, 2014


The team that makes up Neme Design Solutions, a Long Beach, California-based BIM consultancy, specializes in simplifying highly complex projects to enable fabrication.

Led by founder Becher Neme, the firm includes a small team of architects and engineers with more than a decade of experience working onsite with general contractors, and with particular expertise in the CATIA solution.

This combination of field experience and software knowledge has helped the firm carve out a unique niche in model clash detection and resolving interface challenges.


Flip the Script: Ask Planning Questions in This Order for Better Project Outcomes

Thursday, September 18th, 2014


AEC Planning Questions

When architects and planners work with owners, they usually accept a proposed site and think about how to arrange and orient a building on that site. They develop ideas about what the building should look like in some detail before engaging builders or construction managers in ideas about how the building will be delivered.

Then, if the project cost cannot be brought in line with the budget, another site or an existing building renovation is considered.

AEC teams tend to think first about what to build, then how to build, and finally where else they should think about building.


How Lean Construction Practices Are Decreasing Schedules for Contractors

Thursday, September 11th, 2014


McGraw Hill Construction, the Lean Construction Institute, and Dassault Systèmes teamed up to produce an in-depth report on Lean Construction. Below is an excerpt from that report on the the impact Lean practices are having on contractors in regards to scheduling.

The Impact on Contractors of Schedule Decreases Due to the Adoption of Lean Practices

impact on contractors scheduleReduced project schedule is one of the top benefits of adopting Lean practices, and saving time in the construction industry also cuts costs on projects and can increase profitability.

However, the savings only accrue to the contractor if the owner has not already factored the reduced amount of time into their expectations of the contractor, especially in the case of a negotiated project, or if the contractor has not deemed it necessary to build those cost savings into their bid in order to win a project in a highly competitive market.

The study results suggest, though, that these options are not mutually exclusive. About two thirds of contractors report that the schedule savings they experience due to their Lean practices do have a positive impact on the profit they experience in their projects, and just about the same percentage of contractors report that they are able to bid projects more competitively due to the schedule savings.

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Clearly, there must be significant overlap of firms who both have schedule reductions feeding their bottom line and schedule reductions absorbed in their efforts to be more competitive.

However, the findings also reveal that the industry is nearly unanimous about the growing expectations of owners that projects can be done in shorter time frames due to the adoption of Lean practices in the industry.

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Lean Construction Case Study: UCSF Cardiovascular Building Team Implements “Value Stream Mapping”

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

McGraw Hill Construction, the Lean Construction Institute, and Dassault Systèmes teamed up to produce an in-depth report on Lean ConstructionBelow is an excerpt from that report on Value Stream Mapping, implemented on the Cardiovascular Research Building project at the University of California in San Francisco.

Achieving Savings Through Value Stream Mapping

Rosendin Electric was challenged by the project owner to look at ways to bring their projects even more under budget.

As a firm that prides itself on innovation and one that strives to remain on the cutting edge of technology, Rosendin tasked one of its in-house study groups to come up with ideas that would be able to save time and cost.

As a result, one of the approaches they decided to pursue was Value Stream Mapping (VSM).

Process Improvements Identified Through Value Stream Mapping

VSM, in its simplest term, sets out to observe every step of a process and identifies areas where improvements can be made to eliminate waste. The technique was first originated by Toyota and is a lean tool that employs a flow diagram documenting in high detail every step of a process.


A Lean Construction Case Study: How Saint-Gobain Increases Efficiency With Lean Practices

Thursday, July 17th, 2014


McGraw Hill Construction, the Lean Construction Institute, and Dassault Systèmes teamed up to produce an in-depth report on Lean Construction.

Below is an excerpt from that report on how digital configuration multi-product assemblies are increasing industry efficiency at Saint-Gobain.

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Increasing Industry Efficiency With Digital Configuration Multi-Product Assemblies

Since 1988, building product manufacturers in the European Union have been working to comply with the “Construction Products Directive” (CPD), a piece of landmark legislation that “aims to ensure the free movement of all construction products by introducing a common technical language” to describe and define product characteristics.


THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE: Jonathan Mallie, Principal, SHoP Architects, and Managing Principal, SC (SHoP Construction)

Thursday, July 10th, 2014


By Jonathan Mallie, Principal, SHoP Architects, and Managing Principal, SC (SHoP Construction).
Originally posted to Compass: The 3DEXPERIENCE Magazine

Architecture is a highly collaborative business.

Keeping numerous stakeholders – owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, utilities, permitting agencies, fabricators, suppliers and subcontractors – on the same page is a daunting task.

With so many players, the industry’s traditional, tried-and-true method for communication has been to develop dense and detailed drawing packages, which are then rolled into tubes and delivered by courier or overnight mail. As soon as drawings are received changes occur, requiring the revision, production and delivery of an entirely new set.

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Today, with international projects and teams spread across the globe, such as they are for the Botswana Innovation Hub in Gaborone, the importance of having an efficient and effective system for project communication is greater than ever.


A Bottom-Up Approach to Lean Construction: Increase Business Opportunities for Subs, Value for Owners

Thursday, June 26th, 2014


shutterstock_77585377Trade contractors that have thought about going Lean but are still waiting for the “right” project to come along may be missing major opportunities.

It’s true that as Lean first moved from manufacturing into the construction arena, its use was typically driven by a project owner’s desire to keep costs from running over budget and ensure project milestones were reached on time.

Pioneering owners led the formation of integrated teams and required everyone (construction managers, architects, engineers, GCs, and major subcontractors) to apply lean project delivery methodologies

Today, however, even a single project contributor who adopts Lean Construction practices to improve business processes will ultimately deliver increased value to the customer.


The Evolution of AEC Tech: Q-and-A with CornerCube’s Fernando España

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Mr. Fernando España, President of Corner Cube, Inc.

Fernando España is at the forefront of Lean construction practices in the US and abroad.

With over 30 years in the construction industry, España has extensive experience in the facilitation, definition, design, implementation, monitoring, and optimization of Lean solutions.

He is the president of CornerCube, a Dassault Systèmes partner located in the San Francisco Bay area, which offers Lean construction solutions, 3D technology solutions, and related technical services to the AEC industry.

España recently offered his perspectives with us regarding the current state of the industry, trends in technology, and Lean Thinking. Below is a transcript of a portion of our conversation.


How To Go From Facade Design To Fabrication and Back Again In a Heartbeat

Thursday, May 29th, 2014


You may have heard in the news about Façade Design for Fabrication, an offering recently announced by Dassault Systèmes.

Early release clients are thrilled with the impact it’s had on their services, so we thought we’d provide an overview to the AEC Café community.

What is the Façade Design for Fabrication offering?

Façade Design for Fabrication is what we call a “solution experience”—a set of applications built on our 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The following video provides an in-depth tour of the program’s revolutionary capabilities:


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