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Simulation Helps Save the World’s Architectural Heritage

Thursday, October 20th, 2016


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The urge to become an engineer hits many people early on in life. Dr. Hicham Fihri-Fassi first felt the call as a young high school student. “I’ve always liked to innovate, and engineering enabled me to do just that,” he says.

Dr. Fassi has since taken those teenage ambitions and made an impressive career of them—today he serves as professor of mechanical engineering at Morocco’s University Hassan First, and is a member of the Faculty of Sciences and Technologies in Settat (FSTS).

Dr Fassi and students

Dr. Fassi with some of his engineering students.

True to his drive for innovation, he’s also responsible for establishing a new research and innovation center at the university, pulling together interested experts from various industrial companies to promote the use of mechanical simulation and other engineering tools, informing and educating his students in the process.

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uses simulation to restore heritage buildings

Dr. Fassi is also very focused on the wealth of architectural and archaeological sites in the surrounding area, and has become a strong advocate of preserving them. One of the tools he uses for this work is Abaqus FEA software from SIMULIA, the Dassault Systèmes brand for realistic simulation.

Read the full case study on how University Hassan First restored ancient structures using simulation.

Dr. Fassi and fellow researchers at University Hassan First were faced with compatibility problems when replacing centuries old masonry with modern construction block and mortar while restoring heritage buildings.

Fortunately, realistic simulation helped the university identify internal compressive stresses between dissimilar materials.

The masonry on the left was repointed with compatible mortar, the one on the right with mortar of greater rigidity. Note the stress lines extending into the structure—these will eventually crack or even crush the legacy material, leading to structural failure of an important artifact.

The masonry on the left was repointed with compatible mortar, the one on the right with mortar of greater rigidity. Note the stress lines extending into the structure—these will eventually crack or even crush the legacy material, leading to structural failure of an important artifact.

Restoration workers were able to fine-tune repair materials in advance, match the physical properties of legacy materials and avoid potential damage to important architectural structures.

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masonry w/modern materials for preservation.

CASE STUDY: Discover how researchers at University Hassan First in Morocco study and preserve the interface between mortared blocks in ancient buildings.

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The Underestimated Role of Simulation in Architecture, Engineering and Construction

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

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Role of Simulation in #AEC

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.


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.

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:

(Tip: Use the directional controls to pan around the room as the video plays.)

How Human Task Simulation Can Identify AEC Safety Risks

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

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Can Identify #AEC Safety Risks

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Injury from musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)—caused by lifting heavy items, performing tasks repetitively, working in awkward body postures, etc.—plagues many industries. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2013, 33 percent of all worker injury and illness cases were the result of MSDs.

How Virtual Reality Will Dramatically Redefine Architecture

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

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Dramatically Redefine #Architecture

Guest post by Quartz creative services; originally published on the 3D Perspectives blog

As we construct future buildings, we will start to see more mingling between architecture and virtual reality.

Imagine you’re a hotelier. Your newest property—let’s call it a high-end resort in the south of France—has gone into construction, but is not yet fully designed. Your firm is based in New York. The old way of designing the property would have involved several transatlantic flights and PDFs sent between you, the architecture firm, your marketing team, and any other stakeholders. Choosing the layout of the hotel rooms, making furniture selections, even just picking out materials and a color scheme, “can be a long and expensive process,” says Benoît Pagotto, a co-founder of IVR Nation.

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.


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.


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.


To BIM or not to BIM?

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

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

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@3DSAEC @Desktop_Eng

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.


How drones are helping Japan overcome a labor shortage

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Originally posted to 3D Perspectives by Catherine Bolgar, former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe. For more from Catherine Bolgar, contributors from the Economist Intelligence Unit, along with industry experts, join the Future Realities discussion.

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The “i-Construction” initiative was unveiled last December by Keiichi Ishii, Japan’s minister of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism. Its goal is a 50% increase in construction workers’ productivity. Japan’s labor force is projected to decline to 56.8 million in 2030 due to a shrinking population, down 14% from 2010, and automation is seen as a strong solution. (IMF Working Paper, Foreign Help Wanted: Easing Japan’s Labor Shortages)

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Drones are helping Japan overcome an AEC labor shortage (Photo courtesy of iStock)

The program mostly involves developing standards for integrating information and communications technology with the construction industry. The new technology is being developed by the private sector.


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