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 28th, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki
A monumental and historical study conducted by the National Research Council of the National Academies on behalf of NIST outlined the challenges and obstacles facing the construction industry.
Fragmentation of the Industry
“The sheer number of construction firms (760,000 in 2004) and their size—only 2 percent had 100 or more workers, while 80 percent had 10 or fewer workers—make it difficult to effectively deploy new technologies, best practices, or other innovations across a critical mass of owners, contractors, and subcontractors.
The industry is also segmented into least four distinct sectors—residential, commercial, industrial, and heavy construction.
May 21st, 2015 by Akio Moriwaki
Global adoption of BIM is proceeding with great momentum, and within Asia many are rapidly adopting BIM practices. Korea is one country leading the way with BIM adoption, with dramatic growth year over year.
Dassault Systèmes recently made speeches at two events focused on driving adoption of BIM in Korea. Building on the strong interest in the region, the company delivered these two talks on BIM.
Digital Tools for Sustainable Cities
Ingeborg Rocker, Vice President, GEOVIA 3DEXPERIENCity | Globe, Dassault Systèmes, presented “3DEXPERIENCITY” at buildSMART Forum 2015 Seoul, Korea on April 16.
With a soaring global population, vast numbers of people face living in cities that are decades or centuries old, built for much smaller populations with very different needs.
This puts our environment at risk by wasting resources such as land, water, and energy, and makes cities harder to manage logistically.
A diverse range of disciplines are helping to solve these challenges, aided by a suite of digital tools. These tools allow scientists and city planners to see and explore the futures we are creating and their effects on their inhabitants and the planet as a whole.
Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCity | Geosphere project aims to create holistic, virtual models that enable urban planners to digitally study and test ideas. This will allow them to consider the impact urbanization has both within the invisible boundaries of their city.
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?”