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How CadMakers Applies “Future Testing”

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Future Testing is a process that leverages virtual design and construction, simulation, and rapid iterations. With Future Testing, AEC project stakeholders are able to anticipate issues and opportunities early, reduce risk, take advantage of innovative ideas, and gain an edge on the competition.

An excellent example of a company employing the Future Testing method is CadMakers Inc., a construction and manufacturing technology company.

They work closely with AEC businesses to streamline projects from design to construction, leveraging leading engineering software solutions. Their design approach includes modeling all the building systems — architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing, civil and geotechnical — and mapping them virtually in an accurate, virtual 3D model. Then, they get everyone — the project architect, engineers, and various subcontractors — together to view the model and crowdsource solutions to identified problems.

click-to-tweetTweet: In #FutureTesting, the full team (architect, engineer, subs) crowdsource solutions @CadMakersCo @3DSAEC @aeccafe https://ctt.ec/QfN67+

This approach combines the hands-on expertise and experience of construction industry veterans with the visualization provided by 3D modeling with a specific end goal of prefabrication for multiple building systems.

The results speak for themselves.

CadMakers helped design the Brock Commons Tallwood House at the University of British Columbia near Vancouver, an 18 story mass-timber building.

They leveraged Future Testing by employing virtual design and construction modeling, and on-site assembly simulation of manufactured parts. This approach helped complete the structural components of the project approximately 50% faster and at less cost than traditional concrete buildings of the same size (when factoring in reduction of carrying costs and labor on site due to speed).

In fact, the 20-month project was complete three and half months ahead of schedule.

click-to-tweetTweet: How @CadMakersCo used #FutureTesting to complete a 20-month project 3.5 months early @aeccafe @3DSAEC https://ctt.ec/afGhv+

Watch how CadMakers is leading the AEC industry into the future:

Related Resources

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

Understanding the “Future Testing” Cycle

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Every building and infrastructure design is unique. Whether a project is an artistic work or a more utilitarian design, it has unique requirements for piping, ductwork, structure and other elements that must be designed and coordinated in context.

These elements are typically left to later detail design stages of the project. Modernizing craftsmanship with Future Testing allows the 3D digital model from the architect to be extended and enhanced with detailed construction information. It’s then used to virtually construct the building and learn from that experience before doing work in the physical world.

These innovators use precise digital models to simulate the construction and the sequence of steps needed to build it, and iterate on this “digital mockup” multiple times to learn and improve.

In this way, Future Testing makes the first-time building a unique, “one of a kind” structure as efficient as if the company had made it for the 100th time!

click-to-tweetTweet: #FutureTesting makes each 1-of-a-kind structure as efficient as if it’s made for the 100th time @3DSAEC @aeccafe https://ctt.ec/2UOfq+

Future Testing also allows AEC companies to incorporate downstream feedback on constructability by collaborating on the virtual model with makers to build in downstream efficiency. Then, as they gain real-world experience executing the project, they continue to update the models with better ways of working, and run simulations to prove them out.

This way of working shortens the feedback loop so they can apply new methods to the current project, learning as they go and “leaning out” the process at every phase.
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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.

click-to-tweetTweet: “Our work is a constant search for innovation” #architecture
#design @M0rphosis @3DSAEC @aeccafe https://ctt.ec/xu1pE+

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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Construction Excellence through Virtual Construction

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Guest post by Dong Liming, EPC Consultant, Dassault Systèmes


Dong Liming, EPC Consultant, Dassault Systèmes

In the past few years, one important component of Dassault Systèmes’ leading construction experiences – Optimized Planning – hasbeen adopted by pioneering construction firms. The power of digital technology has already given these companies outstanding achievements, both in terms of the projects they have built and the awards they have won.
Any discussion of digital construction should start by introducing the technology on which it is based – Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA digital manufacturing technologies powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. With the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, users can quickly analyze, plan, and reorganize product, process, and resource information and integrate new technologies such as virtual reality, networked computing, rapid prototyping, databases, and multimedia. It enables the simulation of product and process, manufacture of prototypes, and rapid execution of a complete manufacturing and construction processes. And now we are bringing our many years of experience and success in manufacturing to the AEC industry.
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BIM and the G20 Meeting Hall

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

LU ZHI-HONG, YASHA

Article by LU ZHI-HONG, General Manager, Zhejiang YASHA Decoration Co., Ltd., BIM Center; Member, China Graphics Society BIM Committee; Deputy Editor of BIM Standards for Interiors and Curtain Walls, China Building Decoration Association.


When the 2016 G20 summit was planned to be held at the Hangzhou International Expo Center, Zhejiang YASHA Co., Ltd. took on the major project for the core meeting area.

This construction project involved dynamic designs, complicated construction techniques, a short timeframe, and special security requirements.

The overall design and construction work was very challenging, particularly the G20 main meeting hall.

The Building Information Modeling (BIM) team at YASHA used on-site 3D laser scanning, parametric modeling, streamlined design and fabrication, and other BIM techniques to help designers and project managers flawlessly complete their tasks and ensure the seamless construction of the G20 main hall.

click-to-tweetTweet: The story of #BIM & the G20 Meeting Hall in
Hangzhou, China | @3DSAEC @aeccafe https://ctt.ec/fdt1u+

Background and Goals for BIM on the Project

The Hangzhou International Expo Center is a landmark project for the city of Hangzhou. It was selected as the site of the 2016 G20 summit.

Because of the site’s special functions and the short construction timeframe, construction proved to be extremely challenging. Most difficult was the complicated design and high construction standards for the G20 main hall.

To address this challenge, our company began preparing our BIM technology well in advance of the project. Our company put forth its full effort, organizing designers, builders, and BIM personnel into a working group to employ BIM technology during the design and construction phases to ensure high standards. This allowed us to achieve our goal of high levels of quality, efficiency, and control.

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AEC Industry Trends: Driving Toward Connection, Digitization, Transformation

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

In his recent Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industry Trends presentation, Marty Doscher, Vice President, AEC Industry, Dassault Systèmes, identified four accelerating trends that are driving transformative changes across the industry:

  • Higher usage of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA), prefabrication, and modular construction.
  • More data-driven decision-making as a result of greater BIM adoption.
  • Expansion of Building Information Management (BIM) beyond design—in all stages of the project lifecycle, and by users across all disciplines.
  • Growth of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) as a social industry experience.

click-to-tweetTweet: 4 growing AEC trends: #prefab, data-driven decisions,
expanded #BIM, & #ARVR | @aeccafe @3DSAEC https://ctt.ec/M5fWd+

As these industry trends build momentum, demand is growing for solutions to overcome the barriers to greater success.

For example, with increasing BIM adoption, Doscher expects to see a further increase in the use of VR as a design tool that boosts collaboration.

The 3DEXPERIENCity “Experience Room” is one example of how AR/VR tools work for AEC: stakeholders are projected into a collaborative workspace through which experts from government, business, urban planning, infrastructure design, and so on, can work together in harmony to define a city’s future.

click-to-tweetTweet: #BIM data drives demand for #ARVR in urban planning |
#3DEXPERIENCity @aeccafe @3DSAEC https://ctt.ec/9mZb1+

The Experience Room, on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

The Shortcomings of BIM

BIM solves some of the AEC industry’s problems, but is not a total solution. BIM alone is incomplete.

click-to-tweetTweet: “#BIM alone is incomplete.” @MartyDoscher
@3DSAEC @aeccafe https://ctt.ec/Rp726+

Most projects are still over budget and behind schedule—even now, more than 15 years after BIM was introduced.

Today’s document-centric BIM methodology is still unable to break down silos among stakeholders. Too much energy is spent managing lines of communication that, when broken, lead to RFIs and heavy administrative costs.

Plus, design, construction, and operations remain separate from one another. Once a facility is built, the operations team may receive BIM data. However, this data is insufficient for what is needed to support long-term maintenance. Instead, the operations team typically creates their own “digital as-built” of the facility with the information they need.
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Intelligent 3D Curtain Wall Design

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

click-to-tweetTweet: Intelligent 3D #curtain_wall Design | @Desktop_Eng @3DSAEC @aeccafe https://ctt.ec/K4Z8n+
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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Case Study: 3DEXPERIENCE Enables KKAA to Renew Its Focus on Materials

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Kengo Kuma and Associates (KKAA) have taken on larger and more complex projects, and expanded around the globe. Through this growth, as KKAA worked to maintain data accuracy, a strain was put on its previous 3D modeling software.

The company therefore adopted the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud—and the Design for Fabrication industry solution experience—to accurately manage a wide variety of parameters in real-time, across multiple disciplines, during the development of architectural projects.

As a result, KKAA streamlined its design creation and change processes, created a single database of revisions for future reference, and improved design quality while retaining the essence of the “Kengo Kuma” design philosophy.
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Virtual design leaders promote adding Infrastructure Alignment to IFC standard

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

click-to-tweetTweet: Let’s add #infrastructure to IFC standards @jonathanriondet @buildingSMARTIn #BIM @3DSAEC @aeccafe https://ctt.ec/3_6fb+

Recently, buildingSMART International invited stakeholders vested in the development of Open BIM processes and standards to Barcelona for a summit to learn about the latest developments in IFC strategy.

The buildingSMART Standards Summit brought together a number of perspectives from around the world to discuss the needs that remain to be addressed to improve collaboration through BIM platforms.

Infrastructure alignment

Infrastructure Alignment

Jonathan Riondet, AEC Solution Technical Director for Dassault Systèmes, presented a session focusing on the needs of infrastructure owners, designers and contractors.

He noted that IFC, at the moment, remains focused on the needs of building designers and contractors, but both the industry and the standard must evolve to provide support in IFC 4 for infrastructure.
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No Holding Back: Infrastructure Engineers Push for BIM Standards

Thursday, May 18th, 2017
JONATHAN RIONDET, AEC Solutions, Dassault Systèmes

“BIM must extend beyond buildings to support infrastructure and Smart Cities” JONATHAN RIONDET, AEC Solutions, Dassault Systèmes

“BIM must extend beyond buildings to support infrastructure and Smart Cities” JONATHAN RIONDET, AEC Solutions, Dassault SystèmesMuch of the productivity-boosting potential of BIM for transforming the AEC industries has been inspired by the use of digital mockups in the manufacturing and aerospace industries.
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