As head of global marketing for the AEC Industry at Dassault Systèmes, Mr. Moriwaki launches and promotes groundbreaking Industry Solution Experiences including "Optimized Construction," "Façade Design for Fabrication," and "Civil Design for Fabrication." He is a member of buildingSMART.
August 6th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki
Lionel Lambourn, director of Syntegrate, first gained familiarity with the possibilities afforded by BIM during his studies at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, before putting those possibilities to use at Gehry Technologies. During his tenure there, he helped set up the company’s Middle Eastern branches, using BIM tools in real-world applications.
It was that firsthand exposure to the ways that technology can boost efficiency in the construction process that led Lambourn to launch Syntegrate. The consultancy’s name was coined to describe the company’s focus on “synthesizing disciplines and integrating technologies.”
Why integrated technologies? As Lambourn quite simply explains, construction is a highly integrated discipline. It requires the work and knowledge of multiple disciplines to create something so complicated as a building, but it’s often at the intersection of trades where problems arise. Today’s advanced software technology can easily be leveraged to ease the coordination required among building professionals and smooth the transitions of trades and materials.
“In this day and age I see integration of technology as the best way to address some of the accepted, in-built assortments of waste and inefficiency in the construction industry,” Lambourn says. “Our mission at Syntegrate is to leverage technology to realize our built environment more appropriately, more efficiently and more sustainably.”
July 30th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki
The National Research Foundation (NRF), Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore, and Dassault Systèmes have announced a cooperation to develop Virtual Singapore, a realistic and integrated 3D model with semantics and attributes in the virtual space.
Advanced information and modeling technology will allow Virtual Singapore to be infused with static and dynamic city data and information.
Virtual Singapore is a collaborative platform with a rich data environment and visualization techniques that will be used by Singapore’s citizens, businesses, government and research community to develop tools and services that address the emerging and complex challenges Singapore faces.
July 23rd, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki
China’s Ice World is poised to be the biggest indoor ice- and water-themed park in the world, putting entertainment, sightseeing, and hospitality all in one place.
As part of the Changsha Great King Mountain Tourist Resort, Ice World—along with a five-star hotel—is a modern, integrated complex located at the western side of an ancient mine.
Great King Mountain Ice World Tourist Resort is nestled at the south-western side of Changsha province, 8.5 kilometers from the city center and supported by a convenient transportation network. The resort faces the famous Xiang River and Great King Mountain to the east and west, respectively, offering broad geographical views.
Great King Mountain Ice World has an astonishing area of 1.5 hectares and the gross area is 180,000 square meters.
Situated at the top of an ancient mine pit, Ice World blends with the breathtaking scenery around it.
The sculpture-like, shell-shaped façade rests across the tip of the deep mine, spanning 170m and only revealing the east and south sides of the pit. There is a hanging garden between the deepest part of the pit and the cover of Ice World, creating an island space for the ultimate show of natural and man-made beauty.
With the lake water and the cliff pathway in view, visitors see the pieces of this natural heritage as one spectacular experience, with unique open space located between the architecture and the scenery. The water element in the pit inspired the creation of a water-spiral rooftop.
Another impressive architectural feature is the glass pyramids in the centre, designed to reflect sunlight on both the surface of the island and the surface of the water.
Complex Project, Large Team
Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design (Group) Co. Ltd., a service company that utilizes advanced technology, is one of the main design firms in this project. The company has more than 60 years of experience.
It wholly owns East China Architectural Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd. and its subsidiaries, East China Architectural Design & Research Institute (ECADI), Urban Design Institute of Xian Dai Group, Shanghai Architectural Design & Research Co., Ltd, Shanghai Xian Dai Architecture, Engineering & Consulting Co., Ltd., Wilson &Associates LLC, etc.
The design group itself has more than 10 professional institutes and employs 6,000 professionals, including 700 that are well-versed with Building Information Modeling (BIM). Xian Dai has employed Dassault Systèmes solutions in a number of projects already.
“This project has been very, very challenging,” Mr. Kai Wang, Executive Manager and Technology Director, Digitization Technology Center, Shanghai Xian Dai Group, said at a Construction Playground talk at the 3D Experience Forum China 2015 held in Shanghai on June 4.
He spoke in detail about the various teams and complicated subsystems required. There was standing room only at the session, as Mr. Wang described how Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA was used in the design of the project.
The project involved a large number of different teams, including more than 20 design teams. There were also many complicated building, structural and electrical subsystems required. This meant a large amount of data and information had to be shared; the BIM model was 2.4G in size and had 33 different modules.
While the total investment for the project was RMB 2.9 billion (approximately US$467.2 million), the high level of complexity made keeping to the budget and controlling costs tough. The sheer scale and number of different parties involved made coordination and communication extraordinarily difficult.
The targets included reducing budget deviation by 30 percent and above, keeping budget accuracy to within a variation of 3 percent, reducing the time required for setting the budget by 50 percent, reducing drawings review time and work cycles by 50 percent, and attaining a two-star rating for Green Building Design.
According to Mr. Wang, a platform that could facilitate more precise modeling and make coordination easier was required. The system also had to be efficient to enable better transmission of information.
They needed a platform that was mature but was also modular, with an open structure to cater to the different users: consultants, architects, the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), and structure and teams, as well as knowledge management (KM).
With CATIA, reports, spreadsheets, drawing specifications, models and analyses are all linked and integrated, and made accessible through the collaborative environment.
The advantages of using the CATIA include its ease of use with a tablet or notebook computer, which means more portability and easier sharing and showing during project discussions. In addition, no additional installation was required on individual computer terminals before the system could be accessed.
Mr. Wang cited superior computing and rendering speed as an advantage, while discussing its use from conceptualization through to design and data management. The system first looks in the cache for data and sends it to the CPU; if the information required is not in the cache, it will then be fetched from the RAM. With CATIA, 3D modeling, rendering, and exporting are made possible with CAD software.
Mr. Wang illustrated the use of CATIA from concept, design development, fabrication, and construction planning for the frozen 3D façade of the Ice World. The system is compatible with other software functions and generates precise information necessary for 3D modeling in a central knowledge management database.
Shanghai Xian Dai Group also generated and stored construction standards documents in the central database in the form of a BIM, eliminating the need to print out thick hard copies as it used to do. The standards can then be accessed and checked like an online glossary at any time.
With the number of professionals and teams involved, a database with consolidated information and diagrams that is open to consultation facilitated smooth communication and quick reference. The models and information are stored on collaborative environment so that data can also be used across different projects.
Information and data is categorized systematically which makes for greater ease in search and better access.
Parameters and data range can be set to make the design process easier. The system also has a 3D printing function for producing models. And real life behavior of the surface design – including the effect of light and views from different perspectives – are also accurately simulated.
Many problems were resolved or avoided with CATIA and the resulting cost saving was estimated at RMB 100 million (approximately US$ 16 million), according to Mr. Wang.
Review times were cut by 38 percent and design time was successfully cut down to just two months. Precise and accurate construction plan were produced and the project also successfully met the criteria to qualify as a Green Building.
“I would say that the system’s efficiency is outstanding,” Wang stated.
July 16th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki
Civil engineering and infrastructure construction professionals can now engage in more collaborative, productive and accurate design of roads, bridges, tunnels, railways, highways, dams or other major infrastructure.
“Civil Design for Fabrication” was developed by Dassault Systèmes in partnership with the Chinese public engineering company Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute (Group) Co. Ltd. (SMEDI) at the two companies’ joint research and development center in Shanghai.
By 2025, the global population will reach 8.1 billion, with rapid urbanization in China, India and Latin America, in particular. In order to accommodate this surge, an estimated $9 trillion will be spent on building public infrastructure.
Spotlight on Desktop Engineering: Helping architects embrace the full, collaborative nature of today’s modeling tools
July 9th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki
In 1986 it was just becoming apparent how computers could hugely improve engineers’ efficiency in design and analysis.
It was with this realization that Geoffrey M. Haines, BSc(Eng), ACGI, C Eng, MIMechE, FRSA, founded Oxford-based Desktop Engineering Ltd. (DTE), writing engineering software and serving as a reseller for established software houses. Since then, Haines has kept an eye out for ways to improve efficiency across various industries.
Since 1999, DTE has engaged CATIA-based solutions to designers, engineers and building manufacturers.
A few years later, the company began to realize that its customers in the automotive and aerospace industries were light-years ahead of the architecture and construction industry.
July 2nd, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki
A quarter or more of the world’s expensively treated drinking water never reaches a faucet as a result of aging, leaky infrastructure.
June 24th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki
Dubbed “one of the most complex tunneling projects in the U.K.,” the Bond Street Station Upgrade (BSSU) project is being carried out to satisfy growing traffic demands within London’s busiest shopping district, the West End.
Upon its completion, Bond Street Station’s daily passenger numbers are expected to rise from 155,000 to 225,000.
A project this complex in nature has to consider the existing tunnel infrastructure, as well as the stress and strains imposed by the surrounding soil layers for the development of new tunnels.
June 18th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki
In today’s construction environment the value transferred to the customer for every dollar spent is only around 46 cents. More than 40% of the tradesmens’ time on a job site is spent on material handling; most of the work on a job site is performed by highly trained and paid skill tradesmen.
To achieve comparable results as have been seen in the manufacturing and other industries the construction industry has to take these same five steps:
1. Segregation of Work
The most important contribution of Fredrick Taylor’s work to industrialization of manufacturing was his ability to observe the skilled and unskilled tradesmen at work for a long period of time and being able to breakdown the conducted work. Once the work was broken-down it could then be managed by better management of time, location and contributing resources.
Once the work was visible and understood, it could be designed in the most optimal manner, and segregated amongst the resources available.
June 11th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki
The World Economic Forum recently reported that the current annual global infrastructure demand is US $4 trillion, a staggering number. Yet by 2025, that number is expected to jump closer to US $9 trillion, led in part by a global explosion of emerging markets.
In China in particular, civil infrastructure projects are booming.
In early 2015, China announced the acceleration of 300 infrastructure projects this year, valued at 7 trillion yuan (US $1.1 trillion), as policy makers seek to shore up growth. China is investing more than 800 billion yuan (US $128 billion) in domestic railway construction alone in 2015, the same as last year’s final target. (Bloomberg)
June 4th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki
An important study by the National Research Council, “Advancing the Competitiveness and Efficiency of the U.S. Construction Industry” identified solutions for breakthrough improvement of productivity.
Five Key Areas for Productivity Improvements in Construction
These findings are very much in line with what the manufacturing industry had realized after the advent of industrialization. The Industrial revolution, which started in mid 1700, led to an increase in population due to the first time in the human history that production levels were higher than self-consumption of the working man.
With higher population also came new markets and customers. The production facilities had to become more productive.