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INFRASTRUCTURE EFFICIENCY: SMEDI’s Civil Engineering BIM Simplifies Project Complexity

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Originally published in Compass Magazine. Written by JWDK.


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Shanghai Puxi section of the Ring Road project in China (Image © SMEDI)

Shanghai Puxi section of the Ring Road project in China (Image © SMEDI)

The Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute (SMEDI), one of China’s top municipal engineering companies, has completed 12,000 projects including water treatment plants, as well as road, bridge, rail, urban landscape, fuel gas and geotechnical engineering projects.

Compass spoke with Lv Wei Zhang, association chief engineer in SMEDI’s IT Center, and Junwei Wu, deputy director of SMEDI’s BIM Center, about their work to develop IT solutions for civil engineering’s unique challenges.


RELATED: Civil Design Innovation, a whitepaper by Dassault Systèmes and SMEDI


COMPASS: What challenges are SMEDI facing in executing its work?

LV WEI ZHANG: In China, it is common for major infrastructure projects to be carried out with design and construction happening in parallel. Typically, only 50% of the project is designed when construction begins. During construction, owners are able to plan the rest of the project with greater precision. So they modify their design as the project evolves. This is one of the ways to adjust projects.

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Adopting BIM for Civil Design in China: Benefits, Challenges, and Solutions

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

The following article is excerpted from Civil Design Innovation, a whitepaper developed by Dassault Systèmes and SMEDI. To read more, download the full whitepaper here.


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ADOPTING BIM – BENEFITS, CHALLENGES, SOLUTION

The two major benefits of adopting Building Information Management (BIM) are:

1. it enables 3D collaborative design, and
2. it facilitates communication by using a standardized format for data.

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communication via standardized #data format”

Despite these benefits, there are challenges in adopting BIM.

One major obstacle is that it involves changing people’s habits, often needing to overcome a significant degree of resistance.

When new ways of working are proposed within a corporation, this can result in internal clashes or even paralysis while processes are reconfigured. Bottlenecks can also occur while designs are being refined and assessed.

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INFRASTRUCTURE INNOVATION: Collaborative and Efficient Design Platform Simplifies Civil Engineering Projects

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Originally published in Compass Magazine. Written by Nick Lerner.

King Abdulla Financial District metro station (Image © Zaha Hadid Architects)

King Abdulla Financial District metro station (Image © Zaha Hadid Architects)

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Collaborative, Efficient Design Platform Simplifies Civil Engineering”

To flourish, growing populations need more and better infrastructure – the roads, bridges and other public facilities created for government agencies by civil engineers and construction companies.

Costly overruns are typical in such projects, but experts agree that many challenges can be overcome through enhanced stakeholder collaboration.

By providing societies with infrastructure, including water, transport, communications, energy and waste systems, civil engineering projects help communities to function, develop and grow.

But much of the world’s infrastructure is inadequate and crumbling, and growing populations will only need more of it.

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Challenges in the Civil Design Process: A Global Perspective

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

The following article is excerpted from Civil Design Innovation, a whitepaper developed by Dassault Systèmes and SMEDI. To read more, download the full whitepaper here

CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURE

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GLOBAL TRENDS

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VIRTUAL SINGAPORE: Creating an intelligent 3D model to improve experiences of residents, business and government

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Article source: Compass: The 3DEXPERIENCE® Magazine, by William J. Holstein

Powered by sophisticated analysis of images and data collected from public agencies and real-time sensors, Virtual Singapore is designed to give a whole new meaning to the term “smart city.” 

By giving the city-state’s citizens, businesses, government agencies and research community dynamic 3D visualizations of wildly diverse scenarios, it can be used to plan everything from emergency evacuations to a perfect night on the town.


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How an Industrial Mindset Helps SHoP Speed Its Design Process

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

ArchiFuture 2015 is the largest and most influential BIM strategy and technology event in Japan. John Cerone, Director of Virtual Design & Construction at SHoP Architects, delivered a keynote address on Design Delivery to the ArchiFuture conference attendees on October 23, 2015 in Tokyo. The following is a summary of his presentation:

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John Cerone, Director of Virtual Design & Construction at SHoP Architects

Since moving its design process to the 3DExperience platform, New York-based architecture firm SHoP has adopted an “industrial” attitude toward buildings. The firm uses virtual design to “fabricate” buildings, much as the aerospace industry assembles airplanes using digital models.

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Think a Zero RFI Goal Is Impossible? Consider These Strategies for Improving Project Coordination

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

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Reducing RFIs, reducing change orders

The typical commercial construction project generates on the order of 3,000 to 20,000 RFIs (Requests for Information). It’s a staggering number, especially considering reviewing and documenting each RFI takes time. Studies show each RFI resolution costs about $1,000 in time and labor, even when BIM design tools are utilized.

RFIs are an indication of a lack of understanding of the design, as well as a lack of close coordination among the project teams. Further, RFIs are the source of changes in scope, costing the project owner more time and money than expected.

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For AEC teams aiming to improve performance and predictability in construction, the goal should be to reduce RFIs as much as possible.
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Virtual Singapore and the Economy of the Digital Twin

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

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As the Internet of Things enables new levels of interconnectivity, a digital twin city is helping Singapore plan for a sustainable future.

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3D computer models of buildings and cities are familiar to many, but Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCity takes the concept further. It continuously generates the city as a dynamic, multidimensional data model that integrates information such as population density, traffic density, weather, energy supply and recycling volumes in real time.
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Watch the “Optimized Planning” Industry Process Experience at work for AEC Project Managers and Construction Planners [VIDEO]

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Optimized Planning demo video

JUST RELEASED: a 5-minute video illustrating just a few common use cases for Optimized Planning powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform from Dassault Systèmes.

In this video, you will see how the Project Execution System helps a project manager resolve discrepancies between a construction plan and the actual execution plan.

The project manager manipulates a 3D view of the supply, status and delivery schedule of materials. He or she also uses Last Planner methodology to validate parts, materials, and contractor supply availability.

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A “Perfect Storm” for AEC Industry Transformation

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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It’s no secret that the AEC industry is suffering from a surplus of waste: wasted materials, wasted time spent on rework and change orders, waste from highly fragmented processes.

However, what the industry is beginning to realize is that it’s not the first group to think, There must be a better way.

The aerospace industry is one recent example; in the 1990s, companies such as Boeing began to look at technologies and processes used in other industries to tighten their supply chain and manufacturing processes. A switch to all-digital modeling made this possible.

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