Archive for the ‘Façade Design’ Category
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.
Thursday, July 14th, 2016
The following article was originally published by Geoff Haines on the Desktop Engineering Blog and is reprinted with permission.
Geoffrey M. Haines, BSc(Eng), ACGI, C Eng, MIMechE, FRSA
Click to Tweet: To BIM or not to #BIM?
I can’t claim originality to this Shakespearean title which has suitable gravity for many companies in the construction industry. It was thought up by Dr Steve Lo of Bath University for a one-day conference I attended organised by the “Future Envelope” community of façade designers and manufacturers.
Drawing from members of the European Façade Networks, the Society of Façade Engineers and Centre for Window Cladding technology, the aim of the conference was to discuss how BIM can help or even hinder the design and construction process of building façades.
To start off, early presentations included how professionals and companies can gain accreditation to be BIM Level 2 compliant. This is a requirement for any building design and construction contract delivered to the UK government since April 2016. Hence it’s a hot topic and the explanations given by BRE (Building Research Establishment) on their BIM Level 2 certification process were received well.
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
Click to Tweet: [VIDEO] See how #3DEXPERIENCE improves collaboration &
efficiency between architects, fabricators @3DSAEC http://ctt.ec/e7MDN+
In this video, you’ll learn get a firsthand look at how Façade Design for Fabrication can help architects, engineers and construction managers to work more efficiently with façade fabricators.
Façade Design for Fabrication, powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, connects all processes from design through fabrication and construction. The result is a significant reduction in design process and fabrication waste.
This video will walk you through the process of designing a new stadium and then demonstrate how a façade engineer can use this same 3D model to produce shop drawings.
Thursday, May 19th, 2016
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#DfMA: Manufacturing Process to Improve Building Delivery
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.
Thursday, May 5th, 2016
Click to Tweet: #ChrysalisAmphitheater: Transforming #AEC Through
Collaboration | @Dassault3DS @azahner @THEVERYMANY
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
The manufacturer of this form is A. Zahner Company, an internationally acclaimed engineering and fabrication company based in Kansas City.
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
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.
CEO/President L. William Zahner will speak about the company’s technologies, techniques, and successes around the world.
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.
Thursday, March 17th, 2016
Petersen Automotive Museum | Photo by David Zaitz (Own work) CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Click to Tweet: How Design-Assist Models Are Transforming
#Façades | @Petersen_Museum @aZahner @3DSAEC
Zahner is an internationally acclaimed engineering and fabrication company best known for its highly crafted architectural metalwork.
One of Zahner’s recent projects, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), demonstrates how supply chain integration can help move complex buildings quickly to completion.
KPF principal Trent Tesch brought Zahner onto the project during its early stages to prove to the owner that the proposed façade — a complex swirling structure of stainless steel ribbons—would indeed be possible to fabricate.
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
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.
Thursday, July 9th, 2015
In 1986 it was just becoming apparent how computers could hugely improve engineers’ efficiency in design and analysis.
Geoffrey M. Haines
It was with this realization that Geoffrey M. Haines, BSc(Eng), ACGI, C Eng, MIMechE, FRSA, founded Oxford-based Desktop Engineering Ltd. (DTE), writing engineering software and serving as a reseller for established software houses. Since then, Haines has kept an eye out for ways to improve efficiency across various industries.
Since 1999, DTE has engaged CATIA-based solutions to designers, engineers and building manufacturers.
A few years later, the company began to realize that its customers in the automotive and aerospace industries were light-years ahead of the architecture and construction industry.
Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
Learn how SHoP Architects use CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE on Cloud at Facades+
Facades+ New York City is the premier conference on high-performance building enclosures. Architects, fabricators, developers, consultants and design professionals will attend the New York City Facades+ Symposium & Workshops April 16-17, 2015.
Keynote from SHoP’s Pasquarelli
SHoP Architects Founding Principal Gregg Pasquarelli will deliver a keynote at the Symposium.
Since 1996, Pasquarelli has led SHoP Architects as it has set the standard for creative exploration in the field, producing trend-setting designs such as the Porter House apartments and the Barclays Center arena. In 2014, Fast Company named SHoP “Most Innovative Architecture Firm in the World.”
Click to tweet: “Gregg Pasquarelli will deliver
the keynote address at #FacadesPlus NYC”