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No Holding Back: Infrastructure Engineers Push for BIM Standards

Thursday, May 18th, 2017
JONATHAN RIONDET, AEC Solutions, Dassault Systèmes

“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.

Lately, engineering and construction companies have been inspired by the possibilities for improving infrastructure projects by adopting many of the same tools being used in architecture.

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This trend was at the heart of a recent session at BIM World. Jonathan Riondet, AEC industry solution technical director for Dassault Systèmes, presented the applications for BIM beyond buildings during a roundtable discussion in conjunction with representatives from engineering companies EGIS and SYSTRA.

Riondet has helped clients develop BIM solutions for infrastructure using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, which doesn’t create a distinction between architecture and infrastructure—it’s one single platform with different modules that address the needs for both.

The challenge, however, is that the IFC standards have not yet caught up to this surging interest.

buildingSMART, the international home of open BIM, is working to develop IFC standards for infrastructure alignment—but forward-thinking civil engineers want more.

Standards are critical for collaboration, Riondet pointed out.

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In many cases, engineers and contractors are adapting IFC data as there has not yet been pressure on the IFC standard to develop interoperability for bridge, highway, roads, and other infrastructure projects.

In markets like China, for example, construction practices move rapidly and technology tools must keep apace.

Riondet noted that Dassault Systèmes’ Chinese infrastructure clients in particular have been challenging the status quo by pushing for IFC standards outside the building scope.

This push is starting with the use of tools for the alignment of infrastructure. It is also being extended to the engineering and construction of bridges, rails, tunnels, dams, and more.

Infrastructures are demanding a solution not only for a bridge structure, for example, but also for the complete infrastructure project delivery.

As a result, Riondet said he is seeing customers use solution like 3DEXPERIENCE to develop specifications for how IFC for a bridge would be described.

In fact, Riondet mentioned one design group with which he has worked for five years that has been using BIM solutions for building bridges and highways, from design through a level of detail for fabrication.

Infrastructure and Smart City concepts, as those in Singapore and Rennes, are a natural extension for BIM from its use in buildings.

But to harness the full value of BIM, infrastructure engineers and contractors need the same level of interoperability and seamless continuity between model iterations.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Future Directions in Architecture

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Architecture is at the crossroads of technology, society, and material sciences. As illustrated by The Economist in the infographic below, the major trends dramatically influencing the future of our built environment are:

Robots augmenting the construction workforce: 3D printing, drones, and wearable exoskeletons.

Flexible design extending the lifespan of infrastructure: the circular economy and adaptability.

New materials giving rise to bigger and greener buildings: graphene, carbon-negative cement production, and multi-physics simulation.

The built environment becoming intelligent and automated: big data, AI, autonomous utility equipment, and automated city services enabled by sensors.

Driverless vehicles reshaping our cities: less car ownership, less need for parking.
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The Reimagining of Cities

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Originally published on the 3DPerspectives Blog, by Alyssa Ross


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The last half-century has seen massive growth in urban populations. This trend is expected to continue: experts predict 6.5 billion people will live in cities by 2050.

And with all cities covering less than 3% of Earth, overpopulation, overpollution, and overburdened infrastructure create significant challenges.
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Making Cities Bigger and Better

Friday, November 4th, 2016

By Catherine Bolgar

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iStock_95030039_SMALL-768x499 By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities, the United Nations Human Settlements Program forecasts.

Meanwhile cities themselves are growing, with the number of megacities—those with populations greater than 10 million—expected to hit 41 by 2030, up from 28 today and just 10 in 1990.

The challenge is how to make sprawling, dense cities livable, sustainable and efficient for residents. But priorities for livability aren’t easy to define.

“If you have an older population, then things they see as priorities may be different than in a city with a huge number of young people,” says Stephen Hammer, manager of climate policy for the World Bank Group in Washington, DC.

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Simulation Helps Save the World’s Architectural Heritage

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

UNIVERSITY HASSAN FIRST

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The urge to become an engineer hits many people early on in life. Dr. Hicham Fihri-Fassi first felt the call as a young high school student. “I’ve always liked to innovate, and engineering enabled me to do just that,” he says.
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Smart Facilities: The Next Generation of Sustainable Management and Operations

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

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Rhomberg Group, Zumtobel Group, Bosch Software Innovations, Modcam AB, and Dassault Systèmes collaborated on a landmark smart office building project, in order to introduce more sustainable management of homes, commercial buildings and factories to smart cities of the future.

The pilot project at the LifeCycle Tower (LCT) ONE building in Dornbirn, Austria was presented during the 2016 Bosch ConnectedWorld event in Berlin, Germany.

The modern LCT ONE, owned by Rhomberg Group and equipped with a state-of-the-art Zumtobel lighting solution and smart controls system, is ideal to turn into an innovative connected building targeting the highest standards of sustainability and user comfort.

The LCT ONE project is the latest from 3DEXPERIENCE® City to virtually represent, extend and improve the real world and manage data, processes and people of sustainable cities.

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Intelligent Construction: Transforming the AEC Industry in the Digital Age

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Excerpted from the keynote address, “Strategic Business Transformation for the Building & Construction Industry,” delivered to the BIM-MEP AUS Construction Innovation 2016 Forum on August 4, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.

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John Stokoe, CB, CBE, Head of Strategy EuroNorth, Dassault Systèmes

John Stokoe, CB, CBE, Head of Strategy EuroNorth, Dassault Systèmes

The fourth industrial revolution – the Digital Age – is creating the drivers to transform the Construction Industry as it seeks to exploit the significant advantages to be derived from the effective and efficient use and management of data.

Industry-leading technology, developed for other sectors, is exponentially improving value and efficiency, and can be employed to propel Construction into the digital age.

This impacts not only the Construction Industry but also the logistic supply chains which support it, improving capability and skills, and contributing to the economies and construction potential of the countries involved.

The considerable amount of data which is created during the design, development, construction and utilization of the built asset, if properly configured and integrated, can be harnessed to drive value, cut costs and waste, and used to create a digital asset. This data-driven digital equivalent, when used by the end customer, can provide a dynamic platform on which to manage legacy, sustain the present and plan the future.

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World Cities Summit Hosts Government Leaders & Innovators Solving City Planning Challenges

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

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Today’s cities consume as much as 75% of natural resources, 70% of global energy consumption and energy-related carbon emissions—and are growing at a rate of 1.3 million people each week.

To grow cities more responsibly, sustainably and satisfyingly for residents, government leaders from around the world are coming together to discuss shared challenges, and potential solutions, at the 2016 World Cities Summit.

imgresThe summit, scheduled for July 10-14, 2016, welcomes to Singapore leaders of some of the world’s most forward-thinking cities, as well as academics, AEC professionals and other industry experts to discuss city challenges and share solutions.

Under the theme Livable & Sustainable Cities: Innovative Cities of Opportunity, the event is a platform for discussions of how cities can perform long-term planning in a way that better serves their residents, and improves resilience, through policy, new technology and social innovation.

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Reimagining Urban Planning with 3DEXPERIENCity: New urban morphologies for connected work- and lifestyles

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

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3DEXPERIENCity, Wind Simulation for Singapore City, Singapore

3DEXPERIENCity, Wind Simulation for Singapore City, Singapore

Traditional models of urbanism are challenged today by the growing and increasingly diversified population in cities. Urban planners will find they need a new planning model that takes into consideration the needs of hyper-dense cities. They will need to re-think how we imagine, plan, design, analyze, simulate, realize and manage cities in order to better plan for the future. New urban planning tools also are needed to foster better communication among governments, business and citizens.

One solution with the potential to transform urban planning is the 3DEXPERIENCE city map. By creating a data-rich virtual model of the city in all its complexity, and linking it back to actual existing conditions in real-time, we can understand through simulations the potential effects of various systemic changes before implementing them.

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Benefits of Virtual Design and Construction to Civil Construction Projects

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

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The ability to visualize the built environment is critical to the design and construction of civil construction projects. While 3D simulation is widely used in the design phase of infrastructure projects, it is still gaining momentum in the construction phase.

Advancements in 3D and 4D simulation technology, however, now make it possible for project stakeholders to better visualize the construction process of complex buildings and infrastructure projects. This advanced visual communication provides a valuable asset to the building design process and is one that civil engineering projects should adopt.

More construction project sites now use virtual design and construction simulation. Virtual simulation provides a 3D and 4D computer-generated representation and offers a very realistic view of buildings, bridges, infrastructure, and other graphical models.

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