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Patrick Mays, AIA
Patrick Mays, AIA
With over 30 years of AEC experience, Mr. Mays is part of the core team driving the AEC industry strategy at Dassault Systèmes. He was the General Manager for North America at Graphisoft, and served as CIO at NBBJ Architects where he led the firm’s transition to BIM in the 1990s.

Who Will Lead the Prefabrication Movement?

 
April 30th, 2015 by Patrick Mays, AIA

This post is part of a series of articles found in “Prefabrication and Industrialized Construction,” a Dassault Systèmes whitepaper.

The shift toward prefabrication means embracing a new project delivery method. While the use of prefabrication offers clear advantages on many project types, the construction industry is notoriously slow to adapt to new business models.

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Widespread adoption of prefabrication is being seen from two drivers in particular: Building Product Manufacturers and Subcontractors.

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Enabling Flow: Knowledge Based Construction

 
April 23rd, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki

This post is an excerpt from the white paper, Lean Construction ‐ Advanced Project Delivery for the AEC Industry, from Dassault Systèmes’ Value Solution Business Partner CornerCube.

As organizations begin to understand the power of adopting an LPD approach to their programs and projects, they realize that a change process is underway and recognize that the production system is highly complex and dynamic.  Every project has a lifecycle beginning with the business case and defining requirements to final installation and beneficial use.  During the progression of the project’s lifecycle, the opportunity to influence or optimize the project’s development and eventual outcome lessens dramatically.

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High Demand for New Solutions at BIM World 2015 in Paris

 
April 16th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki

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In Paris, on March 25-26, BIM World 2015 showcased a global vision of the life cycle, equipment, buildings, urban infrastructure, users, and services. This year’s theme was “Redesigning the Innovation Code.”

The sold-out event attracted broad attendance from architects, designers and contractors, to those from government, other industries, and the general public. Following the 2014 European Directive on the use of digital processes in building information modeling (BIM), there was intense interest at BIM World 2015 in the new technologies being shown and the solutions available.

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Spotlight on buildingSMART: Driving an open approach to design and construction evolution

 
April 9th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki

When Richard Petrie joined buildingSMART as chief executive officer in 2013, he took on the goal of driving the standards-writing organization’s growth — in order to drive change across the entire architecture, engineering and construction industry.

Having worked in construction as both contractor and client, Petrie has seen firsthand the frustrations of a slow-to-evolve architecture, engineering and construction industry. From within buildingSMART — a not-for-profit organization that has been working to standardize the language and processes of BIM users since 1995 — Petrie has observed an increasing emphasis from several European governments on improving construction efficiency.

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SHoP Architects to Deliver Facades+ Keynote and Technical Workshop

 
April 2nd, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki
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Learn how SHoP Architects use CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE on Cloud at Facades+

Facades+ New York City is the premier conference on high-performance building enclosures. Architects, fabricators, developers, consultants and design professionals will attend the New York City Facades+ Symposium & Workshops April 16-17, 2015.

Keynote from SHoP’s Pasquarelli

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Founding Partner,
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SHoP Architects Founding Principal Gregg Pasquarelli will deliver a keynote at the Symposium.

Since 1996, Pasquarelli has led SHoP Architects as it has set the standard for creative exploration in the field, producing trend-setting designs such as the Porter House apartments and the Barclays Center arena. In 2014, Fast Company named SHoP “Most Innovative Architecture Firm in the World.”

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Buzz About BIM: MADE Expo Attendees Ask How New Tech Can Help Them

 
March 26th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki

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As the MADE Expo opened at the Rho fairgrounds in Milan on March 18, BIM was already the buzzword of the event.

The biannual exhibition of MADE Expo attracted more than 200,000 professionals from all parts of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry, from architects to manufacturers to contractors — making it no wonder that attendees had a focus on BIM, itself a virtual meeting place for all design and construction parties.

“Everyone is talking about BIM,” found Edmondo Occhipinti, director of 3-im Virtual Projects, a 3D design consultancy and Dassault Systèmes business partner. “The public has a rising interest in this technology and the way it works, and they want to understand more: what does it do for us? How does it work?”

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Nine Lean Concepts to Improve Project Outcomes

 
March 19th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki

“Good is the enemy of Great” – Jim Collins

To expect better outcomes is a poor strategy. “Good enough” stifles creativity and innovation in project delivery.  Achieving better outcomes requires a persistent, proactive effort from organizations that want to gain competitive advantage by providing more value to their customers.

Lean Project Delivery (LPD) is a production management‐based approach to project delivery that is applied from concept to start-of-operations.  It is based on Lean principles and methodologies and is configured for the construction industry.

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Lean Construction Advanced Project Delivery: Blinded by Convention

 
March 12th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki

Delivery of capital programs involves a complex and dynamic integration of people, organizations, and systems. Breaking the silos that exist within projects and achieving a harmonious flow of work effort that exceeds value expectations (time, cost, quality, safety, functionality, form, and delivery experience) is a commonly sought desire. Unfortunately, unintended consequences of conventional project management approaches are the development of silos and sub‐optimization of efforts that compromise delivering what customers and stakeholders originally wanted or needed.

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The moment the contracts are signed, participants (owners, designers, engineers, general contractors, design/build contractors, subcontractors, vendors, and others) set in motion forces that lessen their influence and control of the project.

* Owners want the risk of project execution to be with their designers and contractors.

* Designers and contractors cannot or will not carry all of this risk, so they transfer as much of the risk as possible to their sub‐consultants, sub‐contractors, and suppliers; and where possible back to the owner.

* Project contracts then attempt to protect each organization’s risk exposure and seek to limit interactions between parties for fear of losing control or a perceived advantage.

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The Advantages of Prefabrication for AEC

 
March 5th, 2015 by Patrick Mays, AIA

This post is part of a series of articles found in “Prefabrication and Industrialized Construction,” a Dassault Systèmes whitepaper.


Where prefabrication is possible, a number of benefits make these systems attractive to building owners.

Workers construct a modular structure in a manufacturing facility. ©iStock.com/EdStock

Workers construct a modular structure in a manufacturing facility. ©iStock.com/EdStock

Prefabricated systems can lead to reduced labor costs, safer projects, and fewer delays—and often results in an overall higher quality product than can be achieved with traditional stick-built projects.

Reduced Labor Costs

Prefabricated systems simplify the installation process, requiring fewer workers onsite to complete a task.

Because the most complex components are assembled in a specialized manufacturing environment, prefabrication reduces the need for skilled laborers. Skilled trade people need only be used onsite for the final connection of systems, such as wiring or ductwork.

Improved Safety

Not only does prefabrication lower labor costs, but by shortening the amount of time spent onsite, laborers are able to get in and out more safely.

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Laborers working in a controlled factory environment don’t have to brave jobsite hazards such as ice or winter chills, unsafe access to electricity, or dangerous heights. A factory-controlled environment also makes it possible to supply components and equipment where the worker needs it, rather than having workers moving parts through an active jobsite.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Deconstructing Lean Construction

 
February 26th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki

The adoption of Lean construction by the AEC industry, and Lean drivers, benefits, and challenges are illustrated in this Dassault Systèmes infographic.

Given the biggest challenge to implementing Lean construction is a lack of awareness, please share this infographic with your network.

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