Flip the Script: Ask Planning Questions in This Order for Better Project Outcomes

By Patrick

Architect in field

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.

Perhaps this is the wrong sequence of decision-making and engages the team members in the wrong order.

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What happens if we reversed the sequence? Can a where-how-what sequenceconsidering multiple sites, new and existing buildings, and logistical delivery issues before thinking about the appearance of the buildingdeliver a better result?

(In manufacturing, how a product will be made is just as important as what it looks like, therefore delivery issues are considered from early in the design stage.)

The minimum information required for considering alternative locations and options are:

  • the owner’s requirements, or the space program
  • code and zoning constraints that might differ by location
  • construction cost differences and schedule implications by location

To find the best location, we need a data driven decision-making process that updates space program alternatives against multiple locations with multiple code constraints.

Note: This is a process enabled by an interoperable BIM Level 3 system; it is not possible with disparate data across multiple BIM Level 2 point solutions.

where-how-what approach allows the focus to be on the process of delivering the project, not primarily what it could look like.

With sufficient data to determine if a certain location will permit a facility to be delivered more quickly, or managed more efficiently, an owner can make an informed decision to prioritize project value over the appearance of a building.

Owners rely heavily on the recommendations of their design and construction team, but this advice has traditionally been based on experience rather than objective data.

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When building owners collaborate with finance teams, they benefit from data clearly presented in models that can be updated instantly to compare different scenarios.

Design and construction delivery decisions, by contrast, are made mostly on faith that the opinion of the planning team is correct. In this sense, owners have not been able to directly participate in a truly rational and objective decision making process.

Construction projects that leverage cloud collaboration, 3D models, and interoperable data can predict implications of choices early in the process, enabling owners to make the right where-how-what decisions to support their long-term objectives.

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Related Resources:

Integrated Planning – An AEC Industry Solution from Dassault Systèmes

CATIA Building Space Planning

Building Space Planning on the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform

Attending #JavaOne 2014? You will want to see this.

By Michael

JavaOne

At JavaOne this year, besides the always awesome Blevins shows, there is a must-see presentation from yours truly and my friend Ryan Cuprak where we will cover JEE features in a killer sample app (especially cool if you are into sailing!) running on multiple smartphone platforms on TomEE+ (and probably another JEE server as well to demonstrate openness) and all this on the Cloud (Amazon Web Services most likely). It is a two hour tutorial (TUT5276 in the catalog) unceremoniously entitled “Hybrid Mobile Development with Apache Cordova and Java EE 7“.

Please don’t be put off by the title because the content will be interesting both for programmers and for software architects. :-)

Hope to see you there!

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Michael Finocchiaro is Senior Director, 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. You can find him on Twitter at @le_fino.

What can efficient product architecture help you achieve?

By Diana

As we enter the 4th Industrial Revolution, industrial equipment companies are starting to develop smarter machines to meet  changing customer needs. Product architectureIn their day to day lives, people are influenced by technologies such as smartphones and other connected objects, and they want to have the same capabilities in the tools they use at work.

Customers continue to request more diversity and customization, driving Industrial Equipment companies to develop more complex, non-series-type machines. However, developing smarter, more agile machines increases project complexity, and managing a higher number of product components interacting with one other requires an efficient process shared by all stakeholders. Moreover, creating a customized offering for each customer can lead to lower margins and increased errors.

It comes as no surprise when Incose VDC states:

More than 40% of project failures are due to lack of requirements management and traceability”.

If Industrial Equipment companies do not manage this increased complexity, they risk destroying their profit margins. Having efficient product architecture may be the best way to protect profits and provide customers with the products they asked for.

According to Incose VDC,

Up to 50 % of projects fall behind schedule due to poor early systems architecture validation.

So the question is this: How do you know if your product architecture is efficient?

There are three things to assess:

  1. Measure the rate of products delivered to your customers that comply with all the requirements that were identified from the beginning. Just delivering a product to a customer does not automatically mean they will be happy with it. You need to monitor product acceptance.  If you have efficient Product Architecture, tracking customers’ requirements will be part of product development, guaranteeing good product acceptance.
  2. Measure the rate of efficient interactions among different components inside the products you develop. One of the key benefits of efficient product architecture is to enable teams from different disciplines to efficiently collaborate.
  3. Make sure your machines generate enough margin so that your company continues to make a profit. To ensure sustained profitability you need to have a competitive offering, and at the same time keep an eye on your business over the long term with sufficient margin.
  4. As long as your market share is growing and your margins are maintained you have a long term view of your business.

Efficient product architecture can help make your business more profitable and sustainable. If you want to know how to implement it in your company, watch our on-demand webinar in partnership with Design Machine.



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