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To Create Next-Level Designs, Architects Turn to Adaptive Tools and Strategies

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

For Morphosis Architects in Los Angeles, the flexibility to innovate is at the heart of their work.

“Our work is a constant search for innovation,” comments Kerenza Harris, leader of Advanced Technology at Morphosis, in a recent video interview with Dassault Systèmes.

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That innovation can be found in a number of areas, from the rough initial design idea and throughout the design process as the idea evolves and becomes more sophisticated and better defined.
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The New Paradigm Poised to Disrupt the AEC Industry: “FUTURE TESTING”

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

An advanced process in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) allows project stakeholders to anticipate issues and opportunities early, therefore reducing risk, taking advantage of innovative ideas, and gaining an edge on the competition.

We call it “Future Testing” and it enables AEC teams to:

  • Reduce waste and costs
  • Identify opportunities early
  • Learn lessons in the virtual world first
  • Apply new methods and alternatives

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in #AEC? @3DSAEC @aeccafe https://ctt.ec/IR44V+

The time is now for AEC companies to replace Problem Solving with Future Testing. Those that don’t take advantage of the opportunity will fall behind. Those that adopt Future Testing will build confidence and trust with their customers by showing they can anticipate issues and opportunities in advance, and adapt to inevitable changes as they occur with speed and precision.

Industry leaders are learning to uncover opportunities for innovation, and avoid issues, by experiencing the build process in a digital, virtual environment before the windows of opportunity close due to limitations of what’s already been constructed.

They’re moving beyond the era of firefighting by anticipating and avoiding problems through simulation.

In addition, they’re employing a Future Testing Cycle to learn from physical and virtual work and improve and simplify construction processes as they go.

The benefits of Future Testing apply not only to the owner, but also to architects, engineers, suppliers, contractors, and the whole team. This approach gives every constituent confidence in the process and the outcome because they’ve experienced it virtually.

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in #AEC? @3DSAEC @aeccafe https://ctt.ec/IR44V+

Learn all about Future Testing through real world examples from CADMAKERS, SHoP ARCHITECTS, SMEDI, A. ZAHNER COMPANY, and HARDSTONE CONSTRUCTION in our Dassault Systemès white paper: Replacing Problem-Solving with Future-Testing: The New Paradigm Poised to Disrupt the AEC Industry.

 

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

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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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The Chrysalis Emerges: Celebrating the Success of a Powerful Collaboration

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

A dedication ceremony for the Chrysalis — part sculpture, part amphitheater, part park pavilion — tucked in the woods of Columbia, Maryland, allowed the community and project stakeholders alike to fully experience the structure’s scale and precision firsthand.

chrysalis from air Dassault

Images courtesy of @azahner

The endeavor was shepherded by Michael McCall, President of Strategic Leisure (on behalf of the Inner Arbor Trust), and designed and delivered by A. Zahner Company, Arup, Living Design Lab, THEVERYMANY, Whiting-Turner, and a suite of other talented AEC professionals.

As the Downtown Columbia Partnership observed, “Seemingly no line stands still. Its look is dynamic and flows in a manner of ‘calculated serendipity’.”

Chrysalis-Press Release image1

Image © 2017 Inner Arbor Trust

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Intelligent Rainscreen Façade Video

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Originally published on the Desktop Engineering blog. Written by Geoff Haines.

At Desktop Engineering, we aim to help our customers find ways of doing design or manufacturing quicker and of higher quality using software technologies.

Geoffrey M. Haines, BSc(Eng), ACGI, C Eng, MIMechE, FRSA

One of the approaches we can use is to use a rule based approach to capture knowledge to allow it to be re-used.
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Efficiency by Design: Visualization Technologies Help Zahner Build the Present and Plan for the Future

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

by Nick Lerner

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@azahner Build the Present & Plan for the Future @3DSAEC

For nearly 120 years, US based A. Zahner Company has been at the forefront of technology and innovation within the architecture, engineering and construction industry.

Recently, the company implemented a cloud-based design system to improve communication in what is oftentimes a fast-paced, fragmented industry.

Compass spoke with A. Zahner Company CEO and President L. William Zahner to understand how the company continues its success and innovation in a high-risk market.


L. William Zahner, President and CEO of Kansas City-based A. Zahner Company. (Image © Cameron Gee)

L. William Zahner, President and CEO of Kansas City-based A. Zahner Company. (Image © Cameron Gee)

A. Zahner Company is a family business. “That’s 210 families; one for each of our employees,” L. William Zahner, CEO and president, said.

Founded in 1897, the architectural engineering and fabrication firm began making decorative metal cornices for buildings.

Now in its fourth generation of the Zahner family, it imagines, designs, fabricates and installs some of the world’s most innovative structures in cooperation with leading architectural practices including Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid Architects.

With a turnover approaching US$50 million, the company employs 30 design engineers; another 90 employees work on production and installation.

“Combining experience, skill, technology and craft, we make the complex simple and get buildings built on time and within or below budget,” Zahner said.

The firm works on signature architectural projects where design intent must be retained, despite the inefficient complexities of what Zahner describes as, “a very fragmented AEC industry.”
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For Efficient Facade Design and Engineering: Collaborate With Your Supply Chain

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

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is emerging in #AEC @3DSAEC @azahner

A new method of project delivery is emerging in AEC.

Through new digital platforms, companies like A. Zahner Company are setting the example for how an integrated supply chain can significantly reduce rework on highly complex projects.

When the experts responsible for fabrication and installation can provide insight early in the design process, and all parties have the tools they need to collaborate closely throughout, construction waste can be reduced.

Owners are enjoying the benefits of collaborative project teams, which include:

  • reduced waste
  • stronger adherence to schedules
  • reduced costs

Collaboration is improving through the adoption of cloud-based 3D modeling solutions. Such tools assemble and empower teams across multiple organizations and geographies to create a single, live source for project creation.

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Leading Japanese Architect Foresees Computers Unleashing an Era of Design Freedom

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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#design freedom in #architecture -@KengoKuma

Kengo Kuma’s architectural designs range from the whimsical (Asakusa Cultural and Tourism Center, a wildly stacked pillar of houses) to the dramatic (the steamship-shaped Victoria and Albert Museum rising in Dundee, Scotland), to the deceptively simple (Great (Bamboo) Wall, a house in China).

Through them he has discovered his calling – celebrating natural materials and creating human connections – and learned that a computer can be an architect’s best friend.

China Academy of Art’s Folk Art Museum (Image © Eiichi Kano)

In the years after World War II, Japanese architects grappled with building homes and businesses to replace what the conflict had destroyed and accommodate booming post-war growth. Japan needed fast recovery as its top priority, and its “first generation” architects delivered.
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