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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:


A Space Planning Approach for Better, Faster, Stronger Schemes

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014


Instead of the linear, time-consuming 12-step process that most architectural planners cope with, here we propose an efficient, iterative planning process, which will also result in a superior design:

An Integrated Planning Process for the Architecture Industry

Integrated Planning Model 3DS

I. Functional Model

Create a single model that allows you to test your concepts, fail faster, and find the best options. This will enable you to present stronger concepts to your client.

Meanwhile, adapting to new data and feedback is crucial for an efficient planning process. As more information is collected and incorporated, your model should update accordingly.


Why Your Space Planning Process Is Giving You Grey Hair

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

It was late on a Saturday…

The team was in a design competition, working over the weekend to develop a design massing concept to meet a project brief. They’d worked all day Saturday to produce drawings for the competition boards, and switched gears to produce the reports to accompany the boards.

Just as they were about to paste in the space program spreadsheet, someone realized that the concept was 10% under the requirement for a key department.

This late in the process, the team leader decided to fake the numbers in the spreadsheet.

“I’m sure no one will notice, and I sure wish we didn’t have to, but we’re out of time,“ he thought.

The next evening, the design principal learned about the faked spreadsheet and he wasn’t happy. The team worked overnight Sunday to update the design, reproduce the drawings, and recreate the spreadsheet so it reflected the actual solution to the brief.

What went wrong? Why couldn’t the team keep up with a modification to the concept?


Behind the Scenes: How SHoP Designed an Innovative, Modular Brooklyn Brownstone [VIDEO]

Thursday, April 24th, 2014


Last month, Fast Company named SHoP Architects as the world’s most innovative company in architecture of 2014.

This is no surprise to us at Dassault Systèmes. SHoP is a long-time customer and uses 3DS technology to develop high-profile projects such as the iconic Barclays Center in New York City, home to the Brooklyn Nets. Using the 3DS platform, SHoP designed and engineered the Center’s façade, then developed data for off-site fabrication and on-site construction coordination of 12,000 uniquely sized steel panels.

SHoP has always embraced the idea of a new challenge. So when approached to design and fabricate a four-story modular residence for Red Hook, an area in Brooklyn hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy, the firm was quick to rise to the occasion.

The Architect’s Cheat Sheet: 3 Questions Your Client Needs You To Answer

Thursday, April 17th, 2014


Architects, you are in the sometimes-tricky position to help your clients craft the space of their dreams, within the constraints of reality.

When you’re hired to plan a project, and your client team is starry eyed over the unlimited possibilities, don’t forget to carefully consider the 3 essential business questions that only you can address.

To win the project, it’s critical to address their aesthetic, branding, and programmatic needs.

But to construct a long-term success, below are the key questions the building owner/operator needs you to answer.

Experienced architects and planners should be prepared to address the following 3 questions in detail after your building/space planning process is complete.


A Lean Construction Case Study: Planning and Coordinating Prefabrication at St. Elizabeth Hospital

Thursday, April 10th, 2014


McGraw Hill Construction, the Lean Construction Institute and Dassault Systèmes teamed up recently to produce an in-depth report on Lean Construction. Below is a case study from the report:

Planning and Coordinating Prefabrication to Increase Project Profitability

St. Elizabeth Hospital 5-Story Patient Tower and Connector Building in Appleton, Wisconsin

Tweet: Planning & Coordinating #Prefabrication for Project Profitability [CASE STUDY] #LeanCon @Dassault3DS @mhconstruction Boldt Company has been using Lean project delivery for over a decade, and they have been able to bring many of the lessons they learned from the industrial side of their business to bear on their general building projects, according to Will Lichtig, vice president of business and process development at Boldt.

As general contractors who self-perform many trades and work collaboratively with trade partners on others, prefabrication is one area where they have been able to find opportunities to improve cost, schedule and safety on their projects while sustaining or improving quality. (more…)

Are You Ready for the Construction Industry’s “Industrial Revolution”?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014


Dr. Perry Daneshgari, MCA Inc

Dr. Perry Daneshgari, MCA Inc. (Photo by David Lamarand)

The AEC team at Dassault Systèmes works closely with industry leaders like Dr. Perry Daneshgari, CEO of MCA, Inc., to build technologies designed to improve our architecture, engineering and construction customers’ business processes and outcomes.

In this quarter’s issue of Compass: The 3DEXPERIENCE® MagazineNick Lerner reported on Dr. Daneshgari’s unique perspective on the construction industry, and why we need an industrial revolution. You can also access a related whitepaper by the MCA team, over on

Breaking with Tradition: Why the Construction Industry Needs an Industrial Revolution

Until recently, the construction industry has suffered a technology bypass, relying on centuries-old processes and procedures to manage complex modern projects.

Today, however, the same software applications that make manufacturing industries efficient are being deployed in building construction.

Compass Magazine spoke with leading construction industry consultant Dr. Perry Daneshgari about why the industry must evolve.

Dr. Daneshgari, a widely published consultant to construction and other industries, holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and an MBA from Wayne State University (USA).

Through his company, MCA Inc., he advises businesses around the world on process and product development, waste reduction, labor productivity improvement, project management, estimation, accounting and customer care.

In 50 years of the most accelerated technological advances, a period in which industry after industry has used technology to improve efficiency, the art of building has lagged.

Studies by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as well as Tulacz and Armistead, have documented 25% to 50% waste in coordinating labor and in managing, moving, and installing materials.


Why Go Lean? GCs’ Reasons for Adopting Lean Construction Practices

Thursday, March 20th, 2014


McGraw Hill Construction, the Lean Construction Institute and Dassault Systèmes teamed up recently to produce an in-depth report on Lean Construction. Below is an excerpt of the report: the in-depth interview findings on “Drivers for Lean.”

In-Depth Interview Findings: Drivers for Lean

Business goals drive Lean adoption.  Click to Tweet

Tweet: GC Research: Among the varied reasons that companies adopt Lean practices in construction, many are related to how a company is perceived in the marketplace, including the need to stay ahead of the competition and the desire to be seen as a leader in this area.

These reasons, along with client influence, could also help companies secure contracts.

Trade contractors also mention the desire to work collaboratively and the ability to ensure constant improvement as key drivers for their businesses.

Other drivers relate directly to the desire to reduce waste, such as cutting costs and reducing projects schedules.


How to Collaborate for Sustainability: Integrated Design-Build-Operate Practices

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
McGraw Hill Construction, the Lean Construction Institute and Dassault Systèmes teamed up recently to produce an in-depth report on Lean Construction. Below is an excerpt of the report: a sidebar article titled “Collaborating for Sustainability.” 

Collaborating for Sustainability

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The most effective collaborations reach beyond the project development team to bring in perspectives from across the building lifecycle.

Bringing the Users’ Perspective Forward

PNC Financial Services Group has developed a fleet of LEED-certified bank branches, and its Tower at PNC Plaza, now under construction, is expected to be North America’s tallest naturally ventilated office tower.


Q-and-A with Balfour Beatty Exec: On 3D Technology, Integrated Project Delivery, Collaborative Construction

Thursday, February 27th, 2014


Balfour Beatty is recognized as a world-class infrastructure lifecycle services business. The following is a Q&A exchange between Dr. Chris Millard, business efficiency director at Balfour Beatty’s UK Construction Division, and Compass: The 3DEXPERIENCE® Magazine, about integrated project delivery and collaborative construction.

Can you give us a brief picture of Balfour Beatty and your position within it? 

CHRIS MILLARD: Innovation, sustainability and delivery capability are key themes that I address at Balfour Beatty. I work across the company with teams drawn from all areas of expertise within and beyond our enterprise. We work on transport, power, social infrastructure for education, health and sport, utilities, accommodation and leisure, and retail assets. I introduce management and leadership principles and practices that improve efficiency and cut project waste by up to 60%. (more…)

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