Currently Dassault Systèmes AEC Industry Sales Director, Mr. Rozmanith has been an AEC leader for decades. Through various roles, he was one of the originators of the Revit building modeler and the first IFC standard AR-1 specification.
October 30th, 2014 by Marty Rozmanith
The following is an excerpt from End-To-End Collaboration Enabled by BIM Level 3: An Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industry Solution Based on Manufacturing Best Practices.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been the Design & Construction industry’s answer to improve the flow of data through the building process, and, therefore, help to create efficiencies.
Industrialized practices work well when design information is structured appropriately for downstream application by builders, fabricators, and operators. BIM data standards have been gradually maturing to meet this purpose.
Building owners and operators are driving the industry to achieve higher levels of BIM maturity by demanding process improvements and technological innovations that reduce costs, increase value from suppliers, and increase sustainability.
Much of the industry is now moving from BIM Level 1 to Level 2, thanks in part to a directive by the U.K. government to adopt BIM practices by 2016.
October 23rd, 2014 by Akio Moriwaki
Modul’Air, a finalist for the prestigious International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), offers a radical rethink of the urban mobility experience.
A central goal of the new public transportation system redesign was to harmonize human activity and nature in the French city of Grenoble.
October 17th, 2014 by Akio Moriwaki
It’s rush hour in the city. People make their way home after a hard day’s work. Driverless cars pass by as cyclists stream along purpose-built lanes, safe from motorized traffic and unpredictable pedestrians.
As the city unwinds into the evening, indoor sensors adjust the ambient temperature and turn lights on; televisions, radios and even baths are operated with a gesture from an armchair.
Outside, sensors monitor atmospheric irritants, ready to alert those at risk should dangerous levels be reached. A computer planning the city’s waste collection receives data about foul-smelling and full bins.
Spotlight on Morphosis Architects’ Kerenza Harris: Teaching the Value of Parametrics from Concept to Fabrication
October 9th, 2014 by Akio Moriwaki
Founded in 1972, Morphosis took its name from the Greek word meaning “to form or be in formation.” While the name alludes to the firm’s “dynamic and evolving practice,” today it might also apply to its innovative use of parametric design tools.
Since joining the firm in 2008, Kerenza Harris has been a key part of Morphosis’ development and integration of these new technologies into design work. Today, she is helping Morphosis to develop automation systems and parametric tools that can be integrated from the earliest concept design stages through fabrication.
Building Lifecycle Management Fosters a BIM Level 3 Approach for End-to-End AEC Collaboration [Whitepaper]
October 2nd, 2014 by Marty Rozmanith
Industrialization techniques have been commonly used in Manufacturing industries for decades. Now the use of Industrialized Construction in AEC is expanding to help improve planning, design, construction, and assembly for increased sustainability, optimized operations, lower costs, and greater safety.
With the growing adoption of BIM, companies can further benefit by implementing a Building Lifecycle Management (BLM) system. BLM puts into practice a BIM Level 3 approach that enables a highly efficient Extended Collaboration model based on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Manufacturing industry best practices.
Dassault Systèmes has just published an industry paper proposing an Extended Collaboration model for AEC, based on Manufacturing industry best practices.
The concepts covered include:
… and more.
September 25th, 2014 by Akio Moriwaki
The team that makes up Neme Design Solutions, a Long Beach, California-based BIM consultancy, specializes in simplifying highly complex projects to enable fabrication.
Led by founder Becher Neme, the firm includes a small team of architects and engineers with more than a decade of experience working onsite with general contractors, and with particular expertise in the CATIA solution.
This combination of field experience and software knowledge has helped the firm carve out a unique niche in model clash detection and resolving interface challenges.
September 18th, 2014 by Patrick Mays, AIA
When architects and planners work with owners, they usually accept a proposed site and think about how to arrange and orient a building on that site. They develop ideas about what the building should look like in some detail before engaging builders or construction managers in ideas about how the building will be delivered.
Then, if the project cost cannot be brought in line with the budget, another site or an existing building renovation is considered.
AEC teams tend to think first about what to build, then how to build, and finally where else they should think about building.
September 11th, 2014 by Akio Moriwaki
McGraw Hill Construction, the Lean Construction Institute, and Dassault Systèmes teamed up to produce an in-depth report on Lean Construction. Below is an excerpt from that report on the the impact Lean practices are having on contractors in regards to scheduling.
The Impact on Contractors of Schedule Decreases Due to the Adoption of Lean Practices
However, the savings only accrue to the contractor if the owner has not already factored the reduced amount of time into their expectations of the contractor, especially in the case of a negotiated project, or if the contractor has not deemed it necessary to build those cost savings into their bid in order to win a project in a highly competitive market.
The study results suggest, though, that these options are not mutually exclusive. About two thirds of contractors report that the schedule savings they experience due to their Lean practices do have a positive impact on the profit they experience in their projects, and just about the same percentage of contractors report that they are able to bid projects more competitively due to the schedule savings.
Clearly, there must be significant overlap of firms who both have schedule reductions feeding their bottom line and schedule reductions absorbed in their efforts to be more competitive.
However, the findings also reveal that the industry is nearly unanimous about the growing expectations of owners that projects can be done in shorter time frames due to the adoption of Lean practices in the industry.
September 4th, 2014 by Patrick Mays, AIA
Most BIM technologies today disconnect the production of permit drawings from the processes for fabrication and installation. When owners include subcontractors in preconstruction services (as they often do with general contractors) they have the ability to coordinate these activities and reduce errors.
What is needed then is a data backbone to connect the building design to the fabrication detailing and installation sequences. It is common practice to have architects design a façade, independently from the manufacturer who fabricates the façade, and also independently from the general contractor and subcontractors who install the façade system.
August 28th, 2014 by Akio Moriwaki
McGraw Hill Construction, the Lean Construction Institute, and Dassault Systèmes teamed up to produce an in-depth report on Lean Construction. Below is an excerpt from that report on the benefits that will influence non-practitioners to adopt Lean practices.
Potential Benefits With a High Influence on Non-Practitioners for the Adoption of Lean Practices
Over half of the firms that are familiar with Lean but are not using any Lean practices find that nine different benefits from achieving Lean would be highly influential on their decision to use a Lean approach.