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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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Leveraging the Full Value of BIM’s Interoperability Potential

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Despite the widespread adoption of BIM tools among design professionals, the AEC industry is still in many ways at the surface of the true benefits BIM platforms can offer.

“BIM should not be seen as just a way to do a beautiful 3D image from the project, but as a tool for true collaboration that should be the industry standard,” commented Jonathan Riondet, AEC industry solution technical director for Dassault Systèmes, during a recent presentation at BIM World.

click-to-tweetClick to Tweet: “#BIM is not just for beautiful 3D imagery—
it’s a tool for true collaboration” @jonathanriondet

Riondet explained that interoperability—across trades and data platforms—is key in realizing the great collaborative power of this data tool.

JONATHAN RIONDET, Director of AEC Solutions

“The collaborative BIM platform brings new services for all” – JONATHAN RIONDET, Director of AEC Solutions, Dassault Systèmes

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Creativity Unleashed at the AEC Design Hackathon

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

At the Design in the Age of Experience 2017 AEC Hackathon, we brought 13 CATIA R&D experts from Dassault Systèmes together with 17 architectural design professionals from the world’s most progressive firms, including:

  • Zaha Hadid Architects
  • SHoP Architects
  • HKS Architects
  • Kengo Kuma and Associates
  • Morphosis
  • ZAHNER
  • CO Architects
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • CadMaker

The objective of the hackathon was to create innovative building designs in under 24 hours with CATIA’s latest generative modeling applications on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

click-to-tweetTweet: Creativity Unleashed at the @Dassault3DS #AEC
Design Hackathon @aeccafe https://ctt.ec/uJe86+

Champion users from the 3DEXPERIENCE Construction TRIBE formed 6 teams and spent 24 hours straight creating more than 60 lifelike renderings.
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Perfect Alignment: From 3D Design to the Final Bolt

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Perfect Alignment Dassault Systemes 1

Imagine the possibilities if you could design buildings that combine the artistry of stunning craftsmanship with the science of building.

Over the last several decades, the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) industry has required cost effective project delivery, while customers still demand high quality and advanced systems design. The fragmented processes across designers, architects, engineers and fabricators combined with traditional design tools, have contributed to this by constraining the possibilities for design.

The good news is that many leading companies have found ways to break down those barriers to seamlessly connect design to fabrication. As a result, they can unleash creative potential and standout from their competition, without sacrificing deadlines or budget.

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to the Final Bolt” @3DSAEC #3DEXPERIENCE @aeccafe

Combine Art and Engineering

A beautiful building stands out. It even creates a sense of awe that draws people to it. It inspires and creates an emotional connection that makes people feel better in the space. It’s the artistry of that building that shapes that emotion.
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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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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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AEC and the Future of Design

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

DESIGN IN THE AGE OF EXPERIENCE™ is happening April 4-5, 2017 in Milan. This gathering of members of the global design community is an exciting opportunity to exchange best practices and explore industry trends.

AEC professionals attending in person or following along online will benefit from the conversations and experiences we have planned.

click-to-tweetClick to Tweet: #AEC & the Future of Design:
Apr 4-5, 2017 | #3DEXPERIENCE

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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

click-to-tweetClick to Tweet: Efficiency by #Design: Visualization #Tech Helps
@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

click-to-tweetClick to Tweet: A new method of project delivery
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

click-to-tweetClick to Tweet: Computers are unleashing an era of
#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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