3D Technology + Construction: A High-Value Partnership

By John S.
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World-leading, innovative technology is being used successfully to make the aerospace and other manufacturing industries more responsive to demand, dynamic in development and increasingly efficient in delivery. I would argue that the construction industry is crying out for this innovation to drive efficiency, generate sustainability, improve safety and reduce waste.

The techniques of Building Information Modeling (BIM), being applied in some areas of the industry, take us part-way but the full value has yet to be realized.

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The technology used by the aerospace industry embraces the full spectrum: from initial design, detailed 3D digital mock-ups, to testing and proving in the virtual digital world. The 3D model is reviewed, revised, redesigned and tested to destruction without injury or damage.

The same platform of collaborative data then tracks materials requirements and the manufacturing process, following the aircraft from assembly to sale and delivery. It integrates data across the lifecycle of the program, to generate efficiency, reduce cost, cut waste, increase sustainability, improve safety and create value.

Like an aircraft, a building is a system –  superstructure, foundations, air conditioning, useable spaces, arteries providing power, water, waste processing – a system for people.

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The building becomes more than concrete, steel, glass, bricks and mortar – it becomes a space for living, working or leisure, an intelligent space connected to other intelligent spaces – an intelligent system – an intelligent community.

This building, this intelligent space, lends itself to digital design, 3D digital mock-up, review and revision in the virtual world and the ongoing provision of through-life management.

It is a complex logistical system which is simplified, made efficient, given value and given life through data integration and collaboration.

Guggenheim MuseumFrank Gehry gave life to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao by approaching Dassault Systèmes to use its leading-edge technology from the aircraft industry to imagine and create the impossibly fluid lines of his building.

In the architect’s own words, this was transformational, and signaled a cultural change in modern architecture.

The building was completed on-time and well within budget, achieving financial savings of 18% in the process. That act would prove to be a game changer.

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The imaginative use of this technology has the potential to make buildings not only iconic and sympathetic with their place in the landscape, but to be intelligent, energy-efficient and sustainable. The manipulation of data enables the integration of retained, legacy buildings, harmonized sensitively with the new development to create places which are special; balancing the old with the new, seamlessly merging the ideas of yesterday with those of tomorrow.

This information provides the arteries which allow the dynamism of the construction provider to flow and the imagination of the client to be realized. It harnesses the desired outcomes of the client, the strength and capabilities of the construction industry, and the power of leading-edge technology, significantly improving the quality of sustainable construction and creating assets which are fit-for-purpose, environmentally sensitive and of lasting value.

Originally published: http://blogs.3ds.com/uk/3d-construction/

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Watch the “Optimized Construction” Industry Solution Experience in Action [VIDEO]

By Akio
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NOW AVAILABLE: a demonstration video of Optimized Construction from Dassault Systèmes.

In this webinar, you will observe interactions between a general contractor and a subcontractor, facilitated by Optimized Construction on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Optimized construction demo video 1

When the subcontractor shares a 3D model with the general contractor, it’s a smooth exchange. Multiple project contributors may be employed by different organizations and still work together seamlessly within a single environment.

In the Design-Review process, the subcontractor reviews and validates an installation, and makes a suggestion to enhance the work instructions.

An interactive Work Breakdown Structure enables the general contractor to segregate project tasks by type, and delegate each task to the appropriate worker. The status of each task is tracked within the 3D model.

Dashboards offer various views, including a Phase Gate view and an Issue Summary view, for the general contractor to manage the project using integrated project plans.

Watch the video to witness Optimized Construction in action:

Optimized construction demo video 2

Optimized Construction is ideal for integrating project data, tracking progress, and bringing together the full project team – including owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, fabricators and subcontractors – on a single, intuitive, collaborative platform.

Watch now.

Civil Design Case Study: Yanggao South Road Tunnel

By Akio
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The following article is excerpted from Civil Design Innovation, a whitepaper developed by Dassault Systèmes and SMEDI. To read more, download the full whitepaper here


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Yanggao South Road Tunnel

The reconstruction of the Yanggao South Road covered the area between the current Century Highway and the Pujian Road cross-route bridge, and measures a total of 1.95km (1.2 mi).

The road, tunnel structure, Zhangjiabin Bridge, rain sewage pipeline, traffic sign and lines, signal lights, ventilation, monitoring system, power transmission and distribution, architecture, greening, and related equipment—as well as the initial greening and pipeline relocation—cost RMB ¥1.455 Billion in construction and installation, with the total investment amounting to RMB ¥2.47 Billion [USD $386 Million].

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The Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform version R2015x was selected as the BIM platform for the entire process. SMEDI realized the following benefits by adopting the 3DEXPERIENCE platform:

Data Security

The platform adopts the Cloud platform and the structure model of the central server to unify the database of the project. This provides reliable data security protection for the project.

Ease of Simulation

The platform supports the type expansion of the BIM model and adopts the approach of self-defined uniform type in the Yanggao South Road Project. The side-stones, parapet, and asphalt in the tunnel structure are laid out in a unified manner. This gave great convenience to the latter-stage quantitative surveying and simulated implementation.

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Cross-Model Clash Detection

With the multi-disciplinary, real-time-coordinated BIM platform, the design professionals in the structure, bridge and pipeline fields can carry out real-time design work on the same platform. This synchronized modeling function can instantly identify any errors in the design process and quickly check for any mutual interference between different models.

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Workflow for Large-Scale Modeling

The BIM modeling workflow approach on the 3DS platform has been initially formed. The current software format can support a large-scale data model for a 100km roadway. The entire BIM area covers the initial solution design, the intermediate detailed structure design, the latter-stage implementation simulation, and project reporting.

Efficiency of Templates

The innovative re-use function of the knowledge template library can, with the template function provided by CATIA®, rapidly exemplify the different components in the tunnel structure, thereby avoiding duplication in modeling and enhancing working efficiency.

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In the demonstration and proofing stage of the project solutions, the BIM technology was introduced to visualize the 3D design, to compare the various solutions, and to optimize them. Satisfactory results were achieved in the briefing sessions for government leaders and the project owners.

In the design stage, both BIM and regular design methods were employed, and the design results were checked to help ensure that the quality of the design drawings was secured.

In the tendering stage for the construction, the joint design team made a significant breakthrough in estimating quantities of building materials based on BIM, and successfully acquired from the BIM information the quantities of concrete and steel for the main structure, and those used to protect the structure. 65% of the estimate was checked against the traditional calculations, and was used in the checklist for the formal tendering of the project.

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Download the whitepaper to keep reading.


Civil Infrastructure Whitepaper by 3DSExcerpted from Civil Design Innovation, a Dassault Systèmes Whitepaper

Download the full whitepaper here: Civil Design Innovation | Innovative Industrialization Methodologies Achieve Breakthroughs in Civil Design

This whitepaper provides a broad overview of the latest innovations and breakthroughs in civil design and construction, as well as the challenges faced and the solutions devised to achieve higher quality and improved efficiency.

Written jointly by Dassault Systèmes and the Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute (SMEDI).


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Civil Design, an Industry Process Experience from Dassault Systèmes

Civil Design for Fabrication, an Industry Solution Experience from Dassault Systèmes



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