Visit Dassault Systèmes’ Booth at DAC in Austin

By Matthew
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Dassault Systèmes is a Key Exhibitor at Design Automation Conference (DAC) 2016 taking place at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX on June 5-9!

53dac_logo_mediumStop by and visit Dassault Systèmes at DAC 2016 in Booth #548 where we’ll be hosting customer sales meetings and featuring our High Tech Silicon Thinking Industry Solution Experience.

The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is the premier conference devoted to the design and automation of electronic systems (EDA), embedded systems and software (ESS), intellectual property (IP) and automotive systems/software.  6,000 attendees come from all over the world to learn about products and solutions that bring additional value to the industry. This audience represents decision-makers at all levels of the buying process from the leading semiconductor, computer, telecommunication, consumer electronics and advanced automotive electronics AustinConventionCentercompanies.

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Redefining How AEC Can Apply BIM for Digital Design & Construction: A Recap of BIM World 2016

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Each year, BIM World aims to bring together all of the members of the AEC chain to discuss how BIM tools can improve the processes of individual companies and people in the industry forward as a whole. This year, a number of innovative presentations redefined how BIM can benefit AEC professionals.

Strong attendance at this year’s event, which took place this year in Paris, April 6-7, demonstrated just how much the adoption of BIM tools and technologies has grown in France. The theme of the event, “breaking the innovation code of real estate industry and urban design,” attracted an audience that included software vendors, as well as architects, general contractors and subcontractors.

BIM World expo floor

Dassault Systèmes was on hand with information about all of its product offerings, from the latest versions of CATIA to its 3DEXPERIENCE platform. At the 2016 event, Dassault Systèmes received more than double the number of inquiries compared to last year. Part of that expanded interest could be attributed to presentations given by Dassault representatives and customers.

Presenting Solutions for Big- and Small-Scale Needs

The BIM World presentations featured a unique range of Dassault Systèmes solutions—from the very large to the very small.

On the large end of the spectrum, Alexandre Parilusyan, vice president, Business Transformation, Smart City and Asia Pacific South, Dassault Systèmes, co-presented on the use of 3DEXPERIENCity in constructing a Virtual Singapore, a government-mandated digital initiatives of the existing city.

The goal of this unique project is to create a collaborative platform for city departments and businesses, and a communication platform between the city and its citizens. The digital twin is set to incorporate real-time data from a number of state departments that, through 3DEXPERIENCity, will provide useful updates of activity around the city and the potential impact of any construction or other projects.

The first phase of the project, the 3DEXPERIENCity Platform, is set for completed in 2018.


But solutions from Dassault Systèmes aren’t just for the large scale—a separate presentation proved how these tools can be adapted for designing an apartment.

HomeByMe is a service from 3DVIA that helps consumers create an online 3D home through which they can create, plan and manage any type of home-related project.

This unique B2C solution uses the power of Dassault Systèmes technology to help consumers better visualize their purchases before making an investment. It is a community that is growing in popularity among home builders, kitchen retailers, architects, and consumers around the world.

Digital Solutions Support the Transition to Energy Efficiency

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Valentin Gavan, Ph.D., Building Energy Efficiency Project Manager at ENGIE Lab, presenting First Steps to the Development of a 3D Generic Modeling Platform for Urban Infrastructures.

Beyond using 3D technologies to model the construction and assembly processes, a building’s “behavior” can be modeled to simulate energy usage and optimize building performance. CATIA, powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, offers building energy efficiency analysis capabilities.

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Arbodomia Demonstrates How the Smallest Businesses Can Benefit From Digital Design

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Thierry Albert, CEO of Arbodomia, presented another unique use for BIM:

While the AEC industry has long seen the value of digital engineering for large-scale, highly innovative projects, few small businesses have understood the potentially high return an investment in these tools could earn them. Not so for Arbodomia.

This single-family home builder with a staff of four has not only seen speed and efficiency improvements through its use of CATIA, but also is selling its subcontractors on the benefits.

Albert became familiar with CATIA during his work in the automotive industry, and later applied his digital skills toward industrialization of sailboat manufacturing.

About five years ago he launched Arbodomia to optimize the construction of single-family homes. His specialty is homes that use cross-laminated timber (CLT), an engineered wood solution growing in popularity in northern Europe, as well as the United States and Canada. This prefabricated wood panel is known for being lightweight and quick to install, while offering high thermal, acoustic, fire and carbon storage benefits. These large panels can be cut and prepared in a factory environment and then assembled onsite, making it a perfect fit with the trend toward industrialized construction.

It’s unusual today for such small business owners to put these high-tech tools to use, but Albert sees big benefits through his use of CATIA.

First, using highly accurate digital design tools, Arbodomia is able to produce energy-efficient passive houses. In fact, Albert finds CATIA to be invaluable in this regard because it helps manage the intersections among various trades, where efficiency can be lost.

Second, Arbodomia is able to accommodate design changes late in the game without a significant impact on the overall schedule.

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When working in residential design, the schedule is based upon the whim of the homeowner. But Albert is able to add changes into the design and easily update the entire model to get updates on materials needed, drawings to be generated for the construction permit, etc.

Arbodomia also has been able to generate savings for its subcontractors. The company works primarily in small towns with local family businesses, few of which have sophisticated design tools on hand. But Albert takes subcontractors drawings and integrates them into his 3D mockup while the subcontractor watches.

This 3D run-through becomes a “site preview” that helps the team to identify issues that may arise onsite, and the type of tools necessary to solve any challenges. This process has helped small subcontractors reduce workflow and costs by about 40%.

New Understanding to Lead to New Application of Digital Design

Armed with this new insight that nothing is impossible when armed with the right digital design solutions, this year’s BIM World attendees are prepared to expand their application of these tools.

Next year’s BIM World event is set for March 29-30 in Paris. Visit for more information.

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3D Design and Validation for CTO Products (eBook)

By Matthew
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Customizing products to customer requirements helps manufacturers differentiate and drive higher margins. Creating variants of a single, global product to meet local needs and preferences helps them get to market fast on a global scale. But offering multiple product variants in either of these scenarios creates a tremendous amount of complexity. This complexity results in overburdened engineers, slow quote response times, and costly mistakes. What if companies could take advantage of configured products without having to invest so much time and effort in designing custom-engineered orders?  Or put so much time and energy into creating a quote with a reasonable level of confidence? Or suffer from errors?

As discussed in the new eBook from Tech-Clarity‘s founder and President, Jim Brown, 3D Design and Validation for Configure-to-Order, there are ways to make life easier at order time.  The eBook shares best practices uncovered by Tech-Clarity’s research and practical experiences from GE Power’s Jeff Erno. The answer is to shift as much design and validation as possible “left,” or earlier in the product development process. This helps resolve a lot of the headaches that happen when quotes or orders require engineering effort to estimate costs, create designs, and prepare manufacturing documentation.

CTO-imageThe eBook discusses the value of a configure-to-order (CTO) approach. While there are many products that have to be produced using engineer-to-order (ETO) techniques, and many more that have some elements of ETO, companies that can move the bulk of the workload earlier in the process can create an advantage by responding more rapidly to customers. They also give themselves better insight into costs so they can develop more accurate, confident quotes.

CTO comes with its own complications, of course. One approach that companies use to configure products to order, for example, is creating multiple CAD assemblies in advance. Unfortunately, this is very time-consuming and makes incorporating changes a nightmare. Instead, companies can design across configurations using an approach called the “150% BOM” or “max case” design. This includes all possible combinations in a single CAD model. With the right ability to filter based on configuration options, this can help companies reduce design and validation complexity without having to create a library full of assemblies. Our research also suggests that using a modular design approach leads to better results, and makes this “shift left” easier.

CTO-J-BrownIn addition to designing in a configured context, there are other things manufacturers can do to reduce time and effort when it matters most – when the customer is waiting. Our research shows that rules-based design, design automation, and configurators help manufacturers achieve better financial performance. As the eBook concludes, “Using the right processes and 3D configuration technology, manufacturers can improve efficiency, streamline order processes, reduce errors, and develop accurate quotes much more quickly.”

CTO-J-ErnoManufacturers of “to order” products should investigate the ability to shift design left and leverage automation to streamline quotes, orders, and manufacturing.  While not all products are CTO candidates, and many will have “specials” that require engineering at order time, a shift left can result valuable quote and order performance improvements.

Read the eBook, 3D Design and Validation for Configure-to-Order to find out more about how manufacturers can leverage best practices and technology to improve CTO results.

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