Benefits of Virtual Design and Construction to Civil Construction Projects

By Akio
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The ability to visualize the built environment is critical to the design and construction of civil construction projects. While 3D simulation is widely used in the design phase of infrastructure projects, it is still gaining momentum in the construction phase.

Advancements in 3D and 4D simulation technology, however, now make it possible for project stakeholders to better visualize the construction process of complex buildings and infrastructure projects. This advanced visual communication provides a valuable asset to the building design process and is one that civil engineering projects should adopt.

More construction project sites now use virtual design and construction simulation. Virtual simulation provides a 3D and 4D computer-generated representation and offers a very realistic view of buildings, bridges, infrastructure, and other graphical models.

These models can deliver many benefits to civil projects by making it possible to show stakeholders the planned construction sequence of a project and visualize its physical evolution.

Before the building process starts, construction plans can be virtually conceived and fine-tuned to cut out inefficiencies. For example, a visual simulation can allow for changes to a structure’s geometry.

This offers clients the ability to reduce costs by making the changes virtually before actual construction has begun. Virtual construction also increases safety because it can identify any problem issues early in the design process. In addition, communication and decision-making across the project life cycle is enhanced.

Most construction project sites now use BIM software, which allows for 3D and 4D visualization. Contractors either procure 3D and 4D models externally or they employ their own BIM teams internally.

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Admiralty Station

In China, it’s common practice to fully simulate and validate the construction process before getting started. An example is Admiralty Station, part of the South Island Line (East) Project, an extension of the Hong Kong MTR metro system. It will become the first four-line interchange in Hong Kong and is expected to open by the end of 2016.

Syntegrate, a Hong Kong-based firm specializing in the application of computer-based technology in the building industry, is collaborating with project owner MTR Corporation and general contractor Kier, Laing O’Rourke and Kaden (KLKJV), which uses BIM technology on its global construction projects.


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The team chose Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform as their BIM platform to visualize construction sequencing, including excavation, concrete pours, and formwork erection. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform provided the team with a visualization of the underpinning work required to support the existing rail lines and platforms, which remained in operation throughout construction. 3D laser scanning offers the built conditions of the tunneling works.

Repeated simulations of the onsite work is helping the construction team in step-by-step planning. KLKJV has been able to execute each phase with minimal rework to reduce schedule delays and materials.

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Chenta Bridge Project

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(Construction workers complete the last plat for the Chenta Bridge. Photo credit: Yang Hui/Global Times)

The Shanghai Foundation Engineering Group (SFEG) constructed the Chenta Bridge, an extremely challenging project with high complexity and a need for integration among stakeholders and schedules. It led the firm to adopt an advanced BIM platform.


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The entire construction process of the Chenta Bridge was implemented in advance through simulations. The team used CATIA to model the entire bridge, based on CATIA design template and parametric modeling.

SFEG created a framework-driven concept, using actual measured data as inputs to update the model. This way, the digital models would be exactly as same as the real product, based on data obtained from actual onsite measurements.

Comparing the actual model with the original design model allowed them to detect potential risks visually, early in the process. They included all of the critical construction equipment in the model. For example, the scaffolding on the main tower and the cradle platforms. Throughout this process, the equipment, the scene layout, and the design structure were closely linked and interconnected, providing a comprehensive view of this complex project.


The benefits of using a BIM platform for civil infrastructure projects are clear: enhanced simulation offers a clear understanding of a design’s implications before it reaches the work site. This predictability enables civil construction firms to reduce risk, improve quality, and increase competitiveness.

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ENOVIA Keys to 3DEXPERIENCE – Italy User Group Meeting

By Matthew
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Less management, More Innovation

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You and your customers are cordially invited to attend the 2016 ENOVIA Keys to 3DEXPERIENCE User Group Meeting in Milan, Italy, coming June 23rd (Thursday).

Less management, More Innovation” is the theme of this year’s ENOVIA User Group Meeting

This June 23, Dassault Systèmes is pleased to invite you to the Keys to 3DEXPERIENCE roadshow 2016, to be held in Milan at the Spazio MIL.  It is a day dedicated to the confrontation with the world’s leading experts and the community ‘ENOVIA to educate, inspire and foster collaboration for the passage and adoption of 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

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Stephan Declee ENOVIA CEO

There are many reasons to attend:

 

  • Stephane Declee, CEO, ENOVIA, will tell us how to turn ideas into experiences, with an environment that is not file-based, but data-driven, and one which facilitates collaboration and innovation, thus creating a modular product platform for an extensive and global company.
  • Yannick Audoir, ENOVIA R&D VP, will cover topics such as the new ENOVIA 2016x:  “Powered
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    By” the adoption of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform in an xCAD context, the ergonomic development of User Experience, to the availability of ENOVIA solutions on mobile devices.

  • Find out more on “Disruptive Engineering” and act quickly to capitalize on market opportunities while increasing design productivity, 3D tools and PLM Dashboarding Analytics in order to get faster decisions and gain a competitive advantage.
  • Hear testimony from leading companies that cultivate passion for innovation!

The cases of these clients you will hear at the meeting are representative of the current reality in which real-time collaboration among design offices and global product development teams has become essential to increase competitiveness by expanding the range of products and through the opening of new markets.

The concept of innovation always involves teams around the world working together with global information in a social cMilan-Keys-3DEXPERIENCEontext with the utmost clarity, confidence and consistency.

Do not miss this event as by attending, you will learn of the deep value offered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and ENOVIA solutions.

Click HERE for the details, agenda and registration.  We suggest you REGISTER NOW as seats are limited.

See you in Milan!


“Meno Gestione, Più Innovazione” è il tema dell’evento ENOVIA di quest’anno.

Il 23 Giugno Dassault Systèmes ha il piacere di invitarti al Keys to 3DEXPERIENCE roadshow 2016, che si terrà a Milano presso lo Spazio MIL.

Si tratta di una giornata dedicata al confronto con i maggiori esperti mondiali e la comunita’ di ENOVIA per informare, stimolare e favorire la collaborazione per il passaggio e l’adozione della piattaforma 3DEXPERIENCE.

MilanoKeysBlogImageCi sono molte ragioni per partecipare:

  • Stephane Declee, CEO di ENOVIA, ci racconterà come trasformare le idee in esperienze, con un ambiente non più file-based, ma data-driven, che facilita la collaborazione e l’innovazione, creando così la piattaforma di prodotto modulare per l’azienda estesa e globale.
  • Yannick Audoir, ENOVIA R&D VP, ci farà scoprire le novità di ENOVIA 2016x: dal “Power By” per l’adozione della 3DEXPERIENCE platform in contesti xCAD, agli sviluppi ergonomici della User Experience, fino alla disponibilità delle soluzioni ENOVIA sui dispositivi mobile.
  • Per saperne di piu’ sul Disruptive Engineering, atto a capitalizzare velocemente le opportunità di mercato e aumentare la produttività del design, e agli strumenti di 3D Dashboarding e PLM Analytics, per prendere decisioni piu’ velocemente  ed acquisire un vantaggio competitivo sui concorrenti.
    Per ascoltare le testimonianze di aziende leader che coltivano la passione per l’innovazione:

Milan-KeysI casi di questi clienti sono rappresentativi di una realtà in cui la collaborazione in tempo reale tra gli uffici di design e di prodotto sparsi nel mondo, diventa fondamentale per aumentare la competitività attraverso l’ampliamento della gamma dei propri prodotti e l’apertura di nuovi mercati.

Il concetto di innovazione implica sempre di più che i team in tutto il mondo collaborino con informazioni globali in un contesto sociale nel massimo della chiarezza, della fiducia e della coerenza.

Non mancare a questo appuntamento, potrai toccare con mano come il valore della 3DEXPERIENCE platform e delle soluzioni ENOVIA.

CLICCA QUI per i dettagli , agenda e registrazione.  REGISTRATI sin da ora, i posti sono limitati.

Ci vediamo a Milano!

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A New Model for Manufacturing Innovation

By Valerie C.
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by Werner Krings

The Austrian Economist Joseph Schumpeter argued that industries must incessantly revolutionize their economic structure from within. I interpret this statement to mean that manufacturers, especially in the High Tech industry, must continually strive to innovate with better or more effective processes in order to build new products.

Innovation is a core attribute of successful High Tech manufacturers, impacting every aspect of the business–economics, business profitability, product design, technology, and engineering best-practices, not to mention overall brand value.
Innovation impacts growth

Manufacturing innovation can mean the use Lean and other cost reduction strategies. Increasingly, it means automation and digitization of manufacturing as we move toward the era of the Digital Factory and big data analytics. And, In today’s global landscape, innovation must include the ability to easily replicate processes across sites to ensure higher global quality standards and greater control, visibility and synchronization across operations.

How do you get there?

A key requirement for global innovation is a unified production environment across facilities. High Tech manufacturers that use different processes and production systems in their various facilities will have difficulty achieving innovation– effectively blocking all of the potential benefits. When different plants use different MES systems, for example, there can be little agility, as every change becomes a custom IT project.

Improve operations processes across sites

This is why High Tech manufacturing leaders have moved toward unified and standardized systems, so that process changes and manufacturing agility can be achieved faster and more easily. In such an environment, global shop floor operations can be unified through a Center of Excellence, which can then ensure comparable and measurable manufacturing standards on a global scale. As they say, you can’t improve what you can’t measure.

Measuring Innovation

Innovation can (and should) be measured on an organizational level. The implementation of manufacturing intelligence solutions is often justified by this single function, as part of a manufacturer’s quest to achieve better visibility across operations. The ability to measure is greatly enhanced when it is part of an overall innovation strategy, underpinned by unified technology.

High Tech manufacturers will want to measure several aspects of innovation, such as business measures related to profitability, innovation process efficiency, or employees’ contribution and motivation. Measured values might include new product revenue, spending in R&D, time to market, quality scores for suppliers, and growth in emerging markets.

Manufacturing Innovation

What is pivotal is that innovation must align with corporate strategy and global manufacturing performance in order to ensure continuous growth and return on investment. A well-defined innovation program, combined with an IT infrastructure that supports global agility, is essential for High Tech manufacturers that want to compete and grow in a sustainable fashion, now and in the future.

Now there’s a solution for greater visibility, control, and synchronization of operations. Visit the Flexible Production solution page and read the flyer to find out what a flexible global production platform for manufacturing can do for your High Tech enterprise.



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