The Chrysalis Amphitheater: Transforming AEC Through Collaboration

By Akio
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In nature, “chrysalis” refers to the metallic-gold shell that encases a butterfly’s metamorphosis.

Like its namesake, the Chrysalis Amphitheater in Merriweather Park, Maryland is making a bold transformation.

The futuristic band shell, designed by Marc Fornes of THEVERYMANY, features a dual-curved steel and aluminum shell over a concrete base.

From curved tubes to custom shingles, the project is a wide-ranging, geometric display made up of many unique panel-types.

Conceptual skin model from the architect MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY

(Conceptual model by architect MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY.)


The manufacturer of this form is A. Zahner Company, an internationally acclaimed engineering and fabrication company based in Kansas City.

Earlier this year, we sat down to discuss the new Chrysalis Amphitheater with Shannon Cole, Senior Project Engineer at Zahner, who is responsible for transforming an artist’s design into a realized form.

“We’ve been using CATIA for modeling in some form or another for over a decade. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform brings CATIA to the next level,” says Cole. “What we love about the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is the way that it adds other functionality available to us through ENOVIA Project Management, to improve our ability to collaborate all the way through the supply chain.”

The company, along with the entire Chrysalis project team, has brought the amphitheater project to life in a virtual world.

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Using collaborative modeling tools they were able to make decisions and have a big impact on schedule and budget.

To manage the complex geometries and ensure everything fits together in the field, the shell has been developed from the ground up in a 3D environment.

The Chrysalis will be the first major project for Zahner engineers to run on Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Having used the company’s CATIA software for many years, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform brings multiple software packages together on a cloud-based system, increasing visibility for stakeholders, and empowering collaboration between teams.

Close up view of secondary fins used for geometry definition

(Close up view of secondary fins used for geometry definition.)


According to Cole, digital projects once constrained fabricators, since those tools were imagined with the architect in mind.

Zahner structural steel model and secondary fins

(Structural steel model and secondary fins.)


Coordinating Throughout

Cole notes that the Chrysalis project presents a challenge in that, even though Zahner is contracted by the owner, the subcontractor must coordinate closely with the project’s general contractor who is performing the site work and laying the concrete pad.

“Coordination between us will be critical,” Cole says. “It’s important to show them how we envision this being erected.”

For example, through a tab in the 3DEXPERIENCE dashboard, Zahner has been able to easily coordinate concrete embed locations with the general contractor.

“This way we get high level of agreement from the general contractor that, yes, that’s the concrete slab they’re going to build, and we can ask for base plates to be in those locations,” Cole says.

3DPlay Widget, showing concrete base model, being used to to resolve clashes between requested concrete curbs and steel base plate locations

(3DPlay Widget, here showing a concrete base model, resolves clashes between requested concrete curbs and steel plate locations.)


Improving Collaboration

“We’re giving access to the owner and architect to let them know where we are and how things are moving forward because design is a tricky process — it’s not always linear and straightforward. Decisions that seem relatively small can have big impact so transparency helps people see why you’re agonizing over, for example, a single clip and why it’s important to you,” Cole says.

Dashboard created for project stakeholders; Images show an in-process skin test

(Dashboard created for project stakeholders; Images show a skin test in process.)


For example, as the façade team explores how the shingled skin appearance will be achieved and how it might look in its finished state, Zahner is able to post photos on the dashboard to demonstrate what they’re aiming to achieve.

That helps bring new team members up to speed, and makes the owner a more integrated part of the team.

Transforming the Process

Between the Chrysalis’ limited reliance on 2D drawings and its high level of transparency, the project demonstrates the transformation taking place in the AEC industry.

“The interconnectivity across disciplines — upstream and down, from design through fabrication, installation and analysis — is huge for our industry,” Cole says.

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This collaborative virtual design not only helps to engage all AEC team members, giving them all a high stake in the finished project, but it takes full advantage of all of the knowledge available from the full team throughout the life of the project.


Related Resources

Façade Design for Fabrication Industry Solution Experience

WHITEPAPER: Technical Changes Brought by BIM to Façade Design

Spotlight on Zahner: Improving AEC Efficiency Through Façade Design Integration


This post was originally published on Navigate the Future, the Dassault Systèmes North America blog.

Great design is everything… and not enough   

By Alyssa
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Imagine the disappointment. Your design is innovative and beautiful. Your product is as useful as it is intuitive. A perfect marriage of form and function.

You did absolutely everything right.  And yet, your customers keep leaving you. Why?

To put it simply, your customers leave because they can. Easily. Today’s markets are transparent, production is global, competition is fierce and consumers are powerful. With comparative price, availability and performance information available online 24/7, companies can easily discover and copy one another’s innovations, and rapidly bring alternatives to market. And customers can easily survey all options and switch allegiance at will.

How can companies combat this? When a customer becomes engrossed in a compelling experience, rather than simply purchasing and using a product, a true relationship can be formed and a bond of loyalty created.  This is the reason “customer experience” has become a top priority for CEOs.

So, how do companies create these experiences?  In a new 3-page paper, “Design in the Age of Experience,” Dassault Systemes explores the current design environment and how companies employing a traditional strategy of competing on price or features or even just design find themselves struggling to sustain the game of one-upmanship and manage customer churn.

How can a company transform itself to thrive in the Age of Experience?  We invite you to discover this answer now!

You can also check out here to see more about discussions held at our recent event, Design in the Age of Experience, that took place last month in Milan, bringing together ~400 attendees from different industries and from around the globe.

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ENOVIA Keys to 3DEXPERIENCE – North America User Group Meeting

By Matthew
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Want to know what’s new with ENOVIA?

Attend our North America User Group Meeting in Greenville, South Carolina with our sponsor GE POWER this year to learn & have your voice heard:

June 13-15

This year’s ENOVIA Keys to 3DEXPERIENCE North America event will be held at the Hyatt Regency in beautiful downtown Greenville, SC.  This is a 2+ day FREE meeting attracting users and influencers from key companies across Dassault Systèmes ENOVIA’s ecosystem.ENOVIA Keys to 3DEXPERIENCE - North America - Greenville, Sout Carolina

 

Join our extended team of experts and your professional peers for a fun-filled, collaborative, educational and inspirational experience.

By attending this unique meeting, you will:

  • Learn all about ENOVIA R2016x
  • Explore how customers are adopting 3DEXPERIENCE platform as a business framework to drive sustainable growth
  • Challenge your peers and our experts inside an interactive panel

    CIO of GE Power Digital Engineering

    James Olender: CIO of GE Power Digital Engineering

  • Engage with experts from ENOVIA, DELMIA, EXALEAD and NETVIBES
  • Advance your knowledge and take advantage of new capabilities with ENOVIA tutorials
  • Network with your professional peers throughout the event including our fun networking activities
  • Join in one-to-one meetings with members of Dassault Systèmes leadership
  • Hear industry leading thoughts from our keynote speaker, James Olender

All the details are on our dedicated landing page at this link HERE.

ComeToGreenVilleSC-ENOVIA-CompassIncluded at that page you have the chance to:

  • See the detailed agenda with key notes, customer stories and breakout sessions
  • Reserve a hotel room at a special discounted price
  • Plan to share YOUR story through the “Call for Presentations” button

We can’t wait to see you in Greenville and hear your story and experience sharing!

Need some reasons to go? Hear what other users that have attended in the past in this video:

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Additionally, we have a number of other events planned for this year around the world.  Check out our calendar events in our ENOVIA community on 3DSwYm for all the links and details then add to your calendar.



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