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.
May 14th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki
In some ways Edmondo Occhipinti, founder and director of BIM consultancy 3-im, is starting from the ground up —again.
Occhipinti spent more than eight years with Gehry Technologies, working from his role as a consultant to ultimately manager of the company’s European and South American divisions.
During that time, he grew from an individual with strong technical knowledge of 3D technologies to a manager who taught others how to apply these tools.
Now, in his new role with 3-im, Occhipinti is teaching a whole new group of players how advanced modeling can solve some of the most complex challenges facing the AEC industry.
May 7th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki
Like many other industries the construction industry is under constant pressure to improve productivity, reduce cost, and minimize waste in the operation.
While the productivity in the manufacturing industry has improved by four hundred percent (400%) over the last century, the construction industry’s productivity has, in the best case, stayed flat or turned negative.
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.
Widespread adoption of prefabrication is being seen from two drivers in particular: Building Product Manufacturers and Subcontractors.
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.
April 16th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki
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.
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.
April 2nd, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki
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
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.”
March 26th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki
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?”
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.
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.
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.