How to Eliminate Waste and Increase Profits with “Optimized Construction”

By Akio

The Optimized Construction Industry Solution Experience from Dassault Systèmes integrates AEC project data, tracks progress, and brings together project teams – including owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, fabricators, and sub-contractors – all on a single, intuitive, collaborative platform.

You get the value of:

  • Integrated Project Plans—where project data files are integrated with plans in the same location – bringing together all information in one place.
  • Project Visibility— through real-time dashboards that summarize project status and give visibility to all participants. With real-time updates, you can identify potential problem areas and take action early on.
  • The Power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform— that puts everyone on the same platform, giving people the ability to talk, discuss, chat, and collaborate on a project together;

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Optimized Construction connects the dots between project progress, project efforts, and corresponding 3D data – bringing it all together under one 3D umbrella for a “single source of truth”.

Integrated Project Plans

With Integrated Project Plans, AEC professionals can integrate data with project plans in an easy-to-use interface. Each project member has access to a dashboard, where files can be easily uploaded.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables importing of IFC data into an object-based platform that allows individual sharing of objects to the right audience.

From the dashboard, users receive real-time notifications when fresh data is uploaded. By using these capabilities, searching through email Inboxes for the latest information will become a thing of the past.

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Formal and Informal Project Collaboration

In addition to automatic notifications, the platform provides a forum for more informal collaboration.

Through 3DSWYM, a 3DEXPERIENCE social media platform, instant messages can be exchanged among platform users to confirm an upload, ask questions, or provide additional information.


Design Review

Optimized Construction provides a formal space for the crucial review of project information during the design stage and data aggregation. Users can place markups directly in the data, pinpointing areas of concern on the model.

After placing a markup, users can send a message from within that page to alert the responsible individual that their attention is needed, ensuring that no note goes unnoticed.

These reviews can be connected to the project plans to efficiently keep track of progress, and each markup stays in place indefinitely, so that a concern can be tracked through the life of the project.

Project Visibility through Dashboards

The platform’s Project Business Status View allows a project manager to see real-time updates for every aspect of the project. This project visibility at each step of design and construction helps ensure that potential problems are spotted well before they occur.

By integrating your fabricator into this process, you can monitor the real-time status of the work, preventing cost and schedule overruns and enabling him to get paid earlier.

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Project Management

Project managers get an overview of the project’s status from the dashboard and the tasks that need to be addressed. This overview helps users quickly identify overdue tasks that could possibly delay the schedule. The project manager can flag those items within the dashboard to ask for an informal update from a colleague.

Users are able to make an update in the graphical interface, with no need to move into a table to enter data and recreate the visual representation. The moment those tasks are updated, the new status becomes visible to the project manager.

Project management dashboard

Project management dashboard

Collaboration and Approvals

With Collaboration and Approvals, project managers can follow-up on missing deliverables either through an instant message or through the more official channels of the platform’s Project Management functionality. Team members can quickly respond with an instant message and, once a formal resolution has been entered, the project manager will immediately see that the urgent issue has been updated.

The power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is its ability to bring data and people together in one place.

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From unstructured communication among colleagues through the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to more formal project management tools, the platform is as much about improving communication as it is about sharing information.

Learn how Optimized Construction Industry Solution Experience from Dassault Systèmes can work to help improve your projects.

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People Power

By Catherine

Written by Catherine Bolgar


Imagine charging your phone with electricity made from your own body. That day isn’t so far away. New technology is being developed to convert our bodies’ sweat, heat and motion into electricity. Here’s how.

Sweat: Scientists have developed a small, tattoo-like patch that turns lactate, one of about 800 chemicals in perspiration, into electricity.

“We do energy-harvesting from the body, with sweat as a biofuel,” says Joseph Wang, chair of nanoengineering and director of the Center for Wearable Sensors at the University of California at San Diego.

Researchers used the adhesive, stretchable, flexible tattoo to power a digital watch. “When the person started to sweat, we could see that the watch was turning,” Dr. Wang reports.

The biofuel patch uses an enzyme as a biocatalyst. “The tattoo has two printed electrodes with the enzyme. We later did the same thing on textile that’s in contact with the skin,” Dr. Wang says.

The patch generates 100 microwatts per square centimeter—too weak to charge a phone, but enough for a low-power biomedical device such as a glucose sensor or, eventually, a pacemaker. The device could be woven into headbands or underwear to capture sweat. It might even have military applications by obviating the need to carry batteries.

The beauty is, they’re inexpensive,” Dr. Wang says. “They’re printable devices with low-cost fabrication.”

Lactate isn’t the only potential bodily biofuel. Scientists are studying how glucose can power batteries as well as bodies. Researchers at Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France, are working on implantable biofuel cells that would power artificial organs. And scientists at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, are developing sugar-powered batteries that can store more energy than in lithium-ion batteries.

Heat: “We waste 60% of our energy through heat,” says Gang Chen, head of the mechanical engineering department and professor of power engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “There is interest in recovering this heat and turning it into electricity.”

iStock_000004171296_SmallOne way batteries can convert heat into electricity is by taking advantage of thermodynamic cycles. As temperatures rise, battery voltage decreases. If a battery is charged at a high temperature and then cooled, the voltage increases. “The idea requires you to heat and cool the battery and cycle back and forth,” Dr. Chen explains.

Another method is thermoelectric. It’s possible to generate electricity when one side of a semiconductor is hot and the other cold. Such differentials are everywhere. For example, body temperature is hotter than ambient temperature, Dr. Chen points out, but devices need to be designed to maintain that difference.

The thermoelectric approach is closer to application. A thermoelectric battery can already be used to power a watch, while researchers at Yonsei University and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, both in Seoul, have developed a wearable thermoelectric generator.

Motion: Piezoelectric systems harvest energy from pressure or vibrations caused by walking, driving cars on roads, or machinery operating in factories.

One recent advance is an energy-generating cloth developed at South Korea’s Sungkyunkwan University. Their piezoelectric nanogenerator is flexible and can be folded, rolled and stretched to capture energy from movement. Indeed, researchers at the École de Technologie Supérieure in Montreal, Canada have created a chin strap that captures electricity from chewing.

iStock_000000157491_SmallThen there’s locomotion. “When we walk, we apply light forces to footwear—around 1,000 newtons, or about 1.3 times the weight of a person,” says Tom Krupenkin, president of InStep NanoPower LLC and professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Up to 20 watts of energy is dissipated as heat into footwear without being used for anything. If we can capture and utilize a small part of that, it can be useful.”

InStep NanoPower uses a process called reverse electrowetting in which fluids harvest energy and convert it into electricity in an insole. Electronics included in the insole, powered by walking, would allow sensors to track basic data such as steps taken. But more important applications might be possible. By integrating GPS, accelerometers and temperature sensors the insoles could help locate, say, a jogger who has suffered a heart attack; someone buried in the rubble of a collapsed building; or a firefighter lost in a smoke-filled building. The insoles could even extend a phone’s battery life by using Bluetooth communications as a relay to cellular networks.


Catherine Bolgar is a former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe. For more from Catherine Bolgar, contributors from the Economist Intelligence Unit along with industry experts, join the Future Realities discussion.

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Accelerating Market Opportunity in a Global Landscape

By David

Pharmaceutical and biotech companies strive to deliver the best medicines and therapies to their patients, but are faced with numerous industry challenges including increasing competition, globalization, lower margins and patent expiration. Additionally, these companies also face a greater frequency of regulatory authority interaction and therapeutic innovation, particularly those focused on small target populations.

Consequently, pharmaceutical and biotech organizations often struggle to manage and maintain documentation throughout the development lifecycle. Functional areas such as Quality Assurance, R&D and Regulatory often create and manage their own silos of content that cannot be effectively synchronized. This is especially true when disparate systems are unable to talk to each other.

Pharmaceutical and biotech companies often face unforeseen risks that can reduce the effectiveness and compliance of their systems – especially when facing the challenges of controlling changes across multiple sites in a global enterprise.

Finally, regulatory requirements can challenge the most dedicated and process-driven organizations. With numerous regulatory areas to focus on, and frequent regulation change without notice, problems arise. Without effective management, regulatory hurdles can quickly clog the new product pipeline.

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An Online Quality and Compliance Platform

Pharmaceutical and biotech companies need an effective way to adapt and manage their processes to meet these pressing industry challenges. Dassault Systèmes License to Cure for BioPharma solution has been designed to help companies be more reactive and responsive to market needs while providing an effective governance model.

Disparate silos of information can be united into one online platform, helping companies digitally share their quality, compliance, and regulatory activities across their global operations. License to Cure helps businesses transition from outdated practices to a connected and transformative environment where companies can collaborate with their supply chain partners and regulatory agencies, both pre- and post-market. This transparency between early clinical activity, through manufacturing, and on to full commercialization is essential to success.

As a web-enabled solution, user interfaces provide easy viewing, access and printing of controlled documents across organizations. Full life cycle management of controlled documents reduces time to search and collect information, and automatically provides an audit trail for full traceability. This interface enables simultaneous collaboration by multiple authors and reviewers, and streamlines the approval process.

Data can be captured, reviewed, processed and approved through an interface that works as a single point of access to compliance content. This helps pharma and biotech companies to integrate their Quality Management Systems (QMS) across their global operations. With secure, audited data sharing, users can access documents and data from anywhere, allowing them to adhere to quality processes and minimize duplication of information.

Designed for the highly-regulated life sciences environment, License to Cure for BioPharma provides end-to-end document and workflow management in alignment with regulatory guidelines. This serves to reduce costs, improve efficiencies and accelerate submission of applications to the appropriate regulatory bodies.

License to Cure for BioPharma provides seamless and continuous data flow to accelerate innovation, enabling enterprise organizations to improve yields, reduce the number of issues and minimize recall occurrence, thereby improving both product quality and quality processes needed to reduce risk.

With an integrated, end-to-end solution, businesses can transform the way they bring innovative therapeutic solutions to patients. To find out more, download the solution brief.

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