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Moving to Modular Buildings? Better Know Your Fabricators’ Limitations

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

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Better Know Your Fabricators’ Limitations

Building owners, designers and contractors are increasingly realizing the benefits of modular prefabrication.

This trend transforming the way construction components are delivered is helping speed projects to market and leading to higher quality buildings.

This switch from stick-built construction to the assembly of manufactured components also makes the fabricator’s role more important than ever. Yet every manufacturer faces limitations that can impact their capabilities in delivering the optimum system to the jobsite.

When designers factor in manufacturer limitations, they can better select partners that can deliver the best possible end product.

Three challenges in particular must be addressed:

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Building Product #Manufacturing

Building Product Manufacturers' machinery have certain limitations

Factory machines, with inherent limitations, are used for manufacturing building products.

1. Factory machinery’s capability limitations.

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How Zahner shows clients, “Your fantastic projects are buildable”

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

The following video features A. Zahner Company using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to better communicate and collaborate with AEC project owners and team members:

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“Your Fantastic Projects Are Buildable”

CEO William Zahner predicts future facades will increase in complexity, including more dynamic and kinetic aspects, and requiring an integrated platform. Such a solution will “open up opportunities for the design and fabrication community to do some really amazing things.”

The Zahner team found that developing precise 3D models gives reassures to clients that their risk is mitigated.

In addition, they are better able to communicate openly, transparently with clients, contractors, architects, subcontractors throughout the project.

Because of its complexity and the amount of coordination required, the Chrysalis Amphitheater was the flagship project where Zahner used the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

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End BIM Fragmentation: Embrace Collaboration with “Design for Fabrication”

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

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Today’s AEC projects are more complex than ever, achieving heights, shapes and performance capabilities undreamed of a few years ago. Yet even as owners demand more from their buildings, many AEC professionals are still using processes that lead to redundant design, idle labor and significant rework.

There is now a solution available that harnesses the expert knowledge of the entire AEC team to create processes that are as efficient as the resulting project.

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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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Design for Manufacture & Assembly (DfMA): Manufacturing Process to Improve Building Delivery

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

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#DfMA: Manufacturing Process to Improve Building Delivery

Richard Kelly, Operations Director for buildingSMART International

Richard Kelly, Operations Director for buildingSMART International

We interviewed Richard Kelly, Operations Director for buildingSMART International, to get his take on the Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) trend in AEC Industry.

The concept of DfMA was developed in the 1970s as a structured way of making product development more efficient.

Today, however, DfMA is one more manufacturing concept that is transforming the efficiency with which buildings are brought to market.
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The Chrysalis Amphitheater: Transforming AEC Through Collaboration

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

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In nature, “chrysalis” refers to the metallic-gold shell that encases a butterfly’s metamorphosis.

Like its namesake, the Chrysalis Amphitheater in Merriweather Park, Maryland is making a bold transformation.

The futuristic band shell, designed by Marc Fornes of THEVERYMANY, features a dual-curved steel and aluminum shell over a concrete base.

From curved tubes to custom shingles, the project is a wide-ranging, geometric display made up of many unique panel-types.

Conceptual skin model from the architect MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY

Conceptual skin model from the architect MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY

The manufacturer of this form is A. Zahner Company, an internationally acclaimed engineering and fabrication company based in Kansas City.

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Meet the Zahner Team at Facades+

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

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Respected engineering and fabrication company A. Zahner Company is participating in the 2016 Façades+ Conference this week to promote the team’s system for creating unique façades and for improving design throughout the construction process.

 

 

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CEO/President L. William Zahner will speak about the company’s technologies, techniques, and successes around the world.

 

 

 

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Zahner VDC Technical Specialist Kyle Watson (left) will deliver an all-day workshop alongside Jonathan Asher of Dassault Systèmes (right).

Zahner Technologist Jim Nordstrom will also be onsite to answer questions and listen to feedback on what Zahner can do to improve your AEC workflows.


Register now for Façades+ in New York City on April 21-22, 2016.

 

 

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Spotlight on CadMakers Virtual Construction

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

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AEC Industry Solution Experiences on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables designers to view 18 floors of MEP elements at fabrication LOD 400 on what will be the world’s tallest wood building.

AEC Industry Solution Experiences on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables designers to view 18 floors of MEP elements at fabrication LOD 400 on what will be the world’s tallest wood building.

SMARTER BUILDING

CadMakers Virtual Construction understands that the cost to construct a building is a small percent of the total lifecycle cost the structure. The company thinks it’s just as important to efficiently plan for maintenance as it is to build a structure, which is why CadMakers takes a holistic view of the AEC process.

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“People have thought that you can’t use manufacturing best practices in AEC because everything is different in our industry,” explained Javier Glatt, co-founder and CEO of CadMakers, a service company built to streamline the AEC industry and has executed 35 projects worth over US$3 billion in construction value since early 2014. “But new technologies, such as the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, are enabling this industry to automate processes and create a lot of value.”

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How BIM Will Impact the Civil Design Process

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

BIM for Civil Design

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BIM: A Game Changer for Civil Design

The AEC industry is moving toward embracing a collaborative environment. It is crucial that owners, designers, engineers, and fabricators have simultaneous and real-time access to design models and project data.

AEC business leaders are advocating for Building Information Modeling (BIM) as the future of infrastructure projects worldwide.

Adopting BIM technologies into the civil design process will enable stakeholders to instantly collaborate with each other on an integrated design platform. BIM can provide for digital sharing and collaborating of models, instead of individually working from drawings.

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Spotlight on Zahner: Improving AEC Efficiency Through Façade Design Integration

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Some of the big changes in the AEC Industry are being pushed by A. Zahner Company, an engineering and fabrication company based in Kansas City, Missouri.

In January 2016, we met with Zahner representative Ed Huels, Director of IT / VDC Services, to learn how the company is responding to the challenges that face the AEC industry.

Edward Huels, Director of VDC service, A.ZAHNER COMPANY

Edward Huels, Director of VDC service, A.ZAHNER COMPANY

Zahner has a long history in the sheet metal fabrication industry, dating back to 1897 when it was founded by Andrew Zahner. The company went through several transformations, producing a variety of standard sheet metal applications.

In the 1980’s, L. William Zahner, took the reins as the fourth-generation great-grandson of the family business. The company moved beyond producing standard systems to exploring architecture as art, just as the design world was beginning to explore new technology-based design solutions.

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