Spotlight on CadMakers Virtual Construction

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AEC Industry Solution Experiences on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables designers to view 18 floors of MEP elements at fabrication LOD 400 on what will be the world’s tallest wood building.

SMARTER BUILDING

CadMakers Virtual Construction understands that the cost to construct a building is a small percent of the total lifecycle cost the structure. The company thinks it’s just as important to efficiently plan for maintenance as it is to build a structure, which is why CadMakers takes a holistic view of the AEC process.

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“People have thought that you can’t use manufacturing best practices in AEC because everything is different in our industry,” explained Javier Glatt, co-founder and CEO of CadMakers, a service company built to streamline the AEC industry and has executed 35 projects worth over US$3 billion in construction value since early 2014. “But new technologies, such as the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, are enabling this industry to automate processes and create a lot of value.”

CadMakers employs Dassault Systèmes’ cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE platform to promote collaboration throughout the AEC value chain and enable smarter building.

CadMakers uses AEC Industry Solution Experiences to assist in three key areas: identifying conflicts in building systems design before construction begins; coordinating on-site sequencing during the construction process, and ultimately, providing a detailed map for maintenance services during the building’s lifecycle.

“Virtual design and construction is the idea of taking all of the building systems — architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing — and map them virtually,” Glatt explained. “That enables us to identify and resolve problems in advance of live construction.”

“The future of the construction industry is to effectively manufacture buildings as opposed to stick build on site,” Glatt added. “Increasingly, building will be done in a factory floor in a safer and climate-controlled environment only to be assembled on site, similar to how the airplane manufacturing industry has evolved.”

Architectural, structural and MEP coordination of a complex project using IFC and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

VIRTUALLY BUILD IN 3D

Opposed to the typical multi-page set of 2D drawings used by construction project managers, CadMakers shows its clients highly detailed, accurate 3D models early in the building process, which increases efficiency.

“The difference between working in 3D and 2D is powerful,” Glatt said. “Roughly 30% of the problems or risks we identify in a given project result entirely from the fact that we’re able to view the building and its systems in an integrated, 3D model.”

The difference becomes clear to CadMakers’ clients when they get to share the 3D building model created with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

“The 2D architectural drawing is one page, the structural drawing is another, and various building systems are on subsequent pages,” said Ryan Yee, project modeling designer, CadMakers. “But when we use the CATIA application, the 3D building model is right in front of you and that’s where the value is. You can be very clear: ‘here are the ducts, here is the wall, here is the ceiling, and this is why your duct is below the ceiling.’”

“The recent increase of project teams using Building Information Modeling has created new silos, with an uneven adoption of technology amongst teams, adding complexity to traditional project procurement methods,” Glatt said.

“Integrated project delivery methods will become more important to drive efficiencies on complex projects. In this new world, prefabrication and manufacturing processes will be critical to maximizing value to owners.”

“New technologies, such as the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, are enabling the AEC industry to automate processes and create a lot of value.”
— Javier Glatt, Co-founder and CEO, CadMakers

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SHARING THE 3DEXPERIENCE

The freedom to share the 3D building model throughout a project’s team is a key reason that CadMakers chose the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

In work for UBC Properties Trust, who optimizes the University of British Columbia’s land assets, CadMakers uses a 3D model to serve in a quality assurance/quality control capacity.

Glatt says the project team at UBC likes to get everyone — the project’s architect, engineers and various subcontractors — in a room together to view the model and crowdsource solutions to potential problems.

It doesn’t take long for everyone to drill down to their own concerns. “An electrician had us zero-in on one area of the model. ‘OK,’ he says, ‘how much clearance do I have to get through this shaft? If there’s a duct there, how am I going to get my conduit in there?’ We were solving those problems in real time,” Glatt said.

The real value in such reviews, he adds, is combining the hands-on expertise and experience of construction industry veterans with the visualization provided by the 3DEXPERIENCE model.

A veteran electrician or plumber doesn’t need to learn to manipulate the model, however.

“We’ll do the heavy lifting, but we need the construction veterans to be the brains behind it all,” Glatt said. “We ask him, ‘how close can we get these pipes together? What about hangers? Flanges? Valves? How are you going to actually install this and in what order?’ So we get that veteran expertise and we’re capturing it to shape the model in real time.”

RESOLVING THE COMPLEX CONSTRUCTION PROCESS

With Optimized Planning, including the DELMIA application, users move beyond a static model and show clients how the building components will be assembled together.

“When you build the 3D model, you have all of the parts and pieces there, every nut and bolt, but you may not think through the complexity of construction,” Yee explained. “Using the DELMIA application within Optimized Planning, you can see piece-by-piece, assembly-by-assembly, the sequence and processes of construction.”

That has real benefits on a complex job site. It provides informed decisions about when materials and assemblies are delivered to the job site, and where they are placed on the site in relation to the crane, as it can only pick up so many items in a day.

Using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to connect the value chain through all of the suppliers and subcontractors, the general contractor can optimize deliveries and minimize bottlenecks on the job site.

“Where you put the crane is very important, as it dictates process and flow,” Yee said. “With the DELMIA application within Optimized Planning, you can visualize which tasks need to be prioritized, and which can be scheduled in conjunction with others. That improves efficiency to shorten the construction timeline.”

NEW INSIGHT SOLVES PROBLEMS OFF-SITE

Within the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the CATIA application enables users to design piping, tubing and HVAC systems from concept through detailed manufacturing.

Moreover, users can build intelligence regarding the new system into the 3D model.

“Let’s say you add an elbow to the HVAC system. That changes the friction in the system, which in turn changes the fan specs,” Yee explained. “In CATIA, when you add elbows you can link them to the standards of your entire HVAC model, and it will identify what fans or valves you’ll need when you change the design.”

A new piping interface and platform lets users place specific elements in defined locations.

Users select the equipment, supports, hangers and more; then CATIA creates the route.

“You know the pipe is going from point A to point B, so why should you do all the leg work to route it when the software will do it for you — and probably do it better?” Yee asked.

The bottom line, he continues, is that CATIA enables users to identify issues in a plumbing or HVAC design and resolve them before the system gets to the worksite.

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HOLDING ONTO THE KNOWLEDGE

Glatt believes the 3DEXPERIENCE platform has a definitive competitive advantage: its data-driven, model-based architecture delivered by the ENOVIA application within Optimized Construction, seamlessly connect business processes.

This architecture, he argues, enables users to leverage the 3D model in new ways.

One prime example is the long-term facility maintenance and management that occurs long after architects, engineers and construction crews leave the site.

“When the project is turned over to operations and maintenance staff, are they going to have the expertise and know-how to manage new wastewater systems and complex mechanical systems in a building?” Glatt asked rhetorically. “We can design new technologies into buildings, but can we operate them for the next 50 years? That’s where the ENOVIA application in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can be extremely powerful.”

The metadata behind a 3DEXPERIENCE model, Glatt explains, includes every pump, filter and substructure in an easily searchable form.

It can even include warranties and maintenance schedules for all of the building systems.

As a result, high quality building maintenance and operation can be built into the project from the start, rather than relying exclusively on the skills of a maintenance staff that learns a building’s idiosyncrasies over time.

Sooner or later, members of that maintenance staff will retire, so their experience and specific building knowledge will be lost; but content in the data-driven, model-based ENOVIA architecture will remain forever.

SOLVING COMPLEX PROBLEMS WITH TECHNOLOGY

Combining their technological expertise with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to power its virtual design and construction business has been the crux of CadMakers’ success.

“We believe in solving problems using technology, and we believe the 3DEXPERIENCE platform may be the most powerful software available to our industry today,” Glatt said. “It’s an excellent match for very large, complex projects. You don’t just have an architectural model, or a single building system. You have every mechanical, electrical and plumbing system right in front of you.

“In the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Dassault Systèmes has created an amazing technical solution. It’s up to us to leverage its capabilities to solve real problems on the front lines of architecture, engineering and construction for our customers.”

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CadMakers partners with leading architecture, engineering and construction companies to provide a range of virtual design and construction (VDC) services to enable smarter building. Services include 3rd-party construction design and coordination review; constructability analysis; virtual design and construction implementation frameworks and protocols; enablement of mechanical prefabrication; concrete detailing packages; and shop drawing generation.

Bringing Predictive Analytics to the Shop Floor: OK, but How?

By Christian
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Predictive Analytics can bring a lot of value to shop floor operations, especially to improve quality, yield or process sustainability, for example in composite manufacturing.

Machine learning algorithms allow to extract patterns from past production data. These patterns, which make up a model, can in turn be used to obtain predictions (“what is the risk to have a defective part?”) or even recommendations (“what can I do to reduce the risk?”).

Data Scientists wanted!

I have intentionally used the expression “machine learning algorithm” and you may think that companies that want to go in this direction need to hire a team of data scientists.

Indeed, many open source or commercial solutions require the availability of data scientist skills along with good programming skills in order to:

  • Identify the proper algorithms to use
  • Fine tune algorithms to get good results
  • Ensure scalability and performance

So it is no surprise that with the explosion of Big Data and Predictive Analytics, job postings in this field have skyrocketed since early 2012:

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Percentage of job offers with words “Data Scientist” or “Data Science” ©  Indeed.com.

And, as a result, salaries have soared and positions are hard to fill, which slows down the adoption of Predictive Analytics solutions.

Empowering Quality Managers and Process Experts

In order to overcome this difficulty, the DELMIA Operations Intelligence  solution for shop floor optimization (DELMIA OI) has been designed from the start for Quality Managers and Process Experts. There is no need to select or fine-tune algorithms and “correlation” is probably the most complex word used in the User Interface. Training is achieved in a few days.

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A failure analysis engineer prepares boards for corrosion testing. © Intel.

We also think that expertise is essential to obtain reliable models in the manufacturing field. For example, a process expert may identify irrelevant parameters, add relevant durations between operations, spot errors in data… And, last but not least, he may get inspiration from the model, which in the case of DELMIA OI comes in the form of human-readable rules.

Does this mean that data scientists are out of the picture? No, if you are lucky enough to have such resources, you will realize that best results are actually obtained by the collaboration between all profiles. Data scientists bring their experience on how to prepare and handle data, while quality managers and process experts can make informed decisions using their process knowledge.

The need for a Method

Even simple concepts and an intuitive user interface will not guarantee best results. You need a method to avoid pitfalls when you have to deal with potentially erroneous or incomplete data and different ways to address the problem.

Using the experience of DELMIA Operations Intelligence past projects, we have been able to build such a method, which has been recently shared in the DELMIA Enterprise Intelligence community.

The method consists in 8 steps:

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Understand process
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Leverage curves
 cleanup
Clean data
 prepare
Prepare data
 target
Define output
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Build model
 validate
Validate model
 assess_value
Assess value

The method answers questions such as:

  • How to leverage curve data (hint: you may need BIOVIA Pipeline Pilot)?
  • Where should I put the frontier between a good and a bad yield?
  • How can I measure the reliability of the model (its ability to predict)?
  • How can I improve my model?
  • How can I evaluate the number of defective parts that could be spared if DELMIA OI recommendations were applied on the shop floor?

Discover more about how to build reliable predictive models to optimize your manufacturing operations by joining our free DELMIA Enterprise Intelligence community.

Once you are registered, it all starts with this post!

ENOVIA at DESIGN in the Age of EXPERIENCE

By Matthew
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DitaoEComing this April 11-12 in Milan, Italy – join colleagues and like-minded design-focused professionals from around the world as they converge on what will be a blow-out global conference.  For two days, come and be inspired by solutions delivering disruptive 3D experiences for designers around the world. Let’s imagine together the future of Design and Engineering, connecting the dots from FICTION to FUNCTION, and innovating across roles on Dassault Systèmes.

ENOVIA will be at this event and we invite you to join our breakout sessions planned that we hope you attend.

April 11
Day 1:

  • Brand CEO Breakout Session

April 12
Day 2:

  • Accelerating Market-Driven Product Development with Garth Coleman VP of ENOVIA Brand Marketing (9:30am)
    Learn how to get the best ideas from the market and enable requirements-driven
  • Keeping complex projects on time with Invisible Governance with of ENOVIA Brand Marketing Howie Markson (10:15am)
    Learn how to provide global teams with accurate, realtime information to keep design deliverables on track and respond to ever-shrinking product lifecycles
  • Harness the power of 3DEXPERIENCE and CATIA V5 with Howie Markson (11:30am)
    Learn what exciting and unique 3DEXPERIENCE® applications can be leveraged by CATIA V5 data to enhance your design capabilities and improve your productivity
  • Disruptive Engineering using Data Driven Design with Sameer Arora of ENOVIA User Experience (1:45pm & 2:30pm)
    Learn how to quickly capitalize on multiple market opportunities to capture market share and significantly improve design productivity

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  • Move to 3DEXPERIENCE with Sameer Arora (4:00pm)
    Transition & Coexistence approaches for CATIA V5 users moving to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform

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The day will have the other Dassault Systèmes brands on site with engaging and exciting content.  Additionally, plan to check out the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground where you will be able to enter virtual universes where you will discover how the 3DEXPERIENCE platform helps companies innovate in the age of experience and shape the future.

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We look forward to you joining everyone at this event.

HERE’s a LINK to the detailed agenda and all the relevant info for the two days can be found on the landing page HERE.

See you in Milan!



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