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Leveraging “Design For Manufacturing” for More Sustainable Buildings

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

This blog is adapted from an AIA presentation on Technology and Practice presented in partnership with the UNC Charlotte College of Architecture in October 2016.

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Design for Manufacturing is a process whereby designers consider the impact of manufacturing processes in the way they design buildings.
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Focusing on Process Over Product: A New Approach to Construction Productivity

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

This blog is adapted from an AIA presentation on Technology and Practice presented in partnership with the UNC Charlotte College of Architecture in October 2016.

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Research indicates that construction is one of the only industries where efficiency and productivity has actually fallen over the past 50 to 60 years. While processes exist to optimize construction, one of the biggest challenges in overcoming this inefficiency is the fact that few AEC companies see their own inefficiency.
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A Treasure Trove of AEC Insights and Discoveries

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

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To create truly innovative structures, today’s AEC professionals must look first at their creation process. Pushing the boundaries requires new technologies, new strategies and a new mindset.

The truly innovative AEC professionals are looking beyond what’s been done, to what’s being done across other industries.

Here you’ll gain insight from experts on the cutting edge of the industrialization of design and construction. Discover how to apply the efficiency of industrialized manufacturing strategies to any project, and the significant advantages this approach can yield.

If we look beyond traditional AEC methods, we can transform the efficiency with which projects are delivered and operated.
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The Underestimated Role of Simulation in Architecture, Engineering and Construction

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

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Have you heard of hyper-loops, undersea hotels, and made-to-order 3D-printed buildings? These were just concepts a few years ago, but are reality now.

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These structures need to be designed for either transporting people through natural surroundings, protecting them from natural surroundings, or allowing them to interact with natural surroundings.

The commonalities that underlay these structures consist of intricate linkages between product, nature, and life.

In fact, the original charter of the Institution of Civil Engineers describes the civil engineering profession as “the art of directing the great sources of power in nature for the use and convenience of man”, and herein underlies the role of product, nature and life.
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Applauding XtreeE in leading 3D printing revolution

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

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leading a #3dprinting revolution in #AEC

Even as digital technology is transforming AEC processes, emerging digital platforms stand poised to transform construction products themselves.

Paris-based XtreeE is seeking to lead an industrial revolution in construction, civil and mechanical engineering by using 3D printing for large-scale architectural applications.

Through integrated consulting, manufacturing and technology, XtreeE provides education on how to use additive construction in the construction industry, while also developing end-user solutions and the technology needed to fabricate products.

Watch this 360-degree video to experience the process of designing and 3D printing a concrete structure:

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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 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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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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Redefining How AEC Can Apply BIM for Digital Design & Construction: A Recap of BIM World 2016

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

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Each year, BIM World aims to bring together all of the members of the AEC chain to discuss how BIM tools can improve the processes of individual companies and people in the industry forward as a whole. This year, a number of innovative presentations redefined how BIM can benefit AEC professionals.

Strong attendance at this year’s event, which took place this year in Paris, April 6-7, demonstrated just how much the adoption of BIM tools and technologies has grown in France. The theme of the event, “breaking the innovation code of real estate industry and urban design,” attracted an audience that included software vendors, as well as architects, general contractors and subcontractors.

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Dassault Systèmes was on hand with information about all of its product offerings, from the latest versions of CATIA to its 3DEXPERIENCE platform. At the 2016 event, Dassault Systèmes received more than double the number of inquiries compared to last year. Part of that expanded interest could be attributed to presentations given by Dassault representatives and customers.

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Petersen Automotive Museum: How Design-Assist Models Are Transforming Façades

Thursday, March 17th, 2016
Petersen Automotive Museum | Photo by David Zaitz (Own work) CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Petersen Automotive Museum | Photo by David Zaitz (Own work) CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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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.

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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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