Enabling Flow: Knowledge Based Construction

By Akio


This post is an excerpt of the white paper “Lean Construction ‐ Advanced Project Delivery for the AEC Industry” from Dassault Systèmes’ Value Solution Business Partner CornerCube.

As organizations begin to understand the power of adopting an LPD approach to their programs and projects, they realize that a change process is underway and recognize that the production system is highly complex and dynamic.  Every project has a lifecycle beginning with the business case and defining requirements to final installation and beneficial use.

During the progression of the project’s lifecycle, the opportunity to influence or optimize the project’s development and eventual outcome lessens dramatically.

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Project Production Transformation process and opportunity to influence

Project Production Transformation process and opportunity to influence

Easily recognizable is the single line flow of delivery regardless of delivery method depicting the transformation process, buffers created (time, inventory, and capacity).  The simple flow can be as depicted below:

CornerCube White Paper Basic Production Flow

Basic Production Flow

What is not acknowledged is this same sequence of events is played out countless times on a project at the macro and micro level.  Every component, assembly, or action must undergo this same transformation to achieve a desired and successful outcome.

The production system looks more like the image depicted below where every work stream is affected, and managing buffers and the four knowledge flows (Information, Design, Supply Chain / Logistics, and Site Assembly) are critical.

CornerCube White Paper Production System Knowledge Flow

Production System Knowledge Flow

Achieving Optimal Production

Achieving an optimal production system often includes:

  • innovative operating agreements to attain integrated governance that  optimize  the  performance  of  the  collective  enterprise;
  • enabling technology  platforms  that efficiently manage the immense amounts of critical data in order to optimize the knowledge and physical flows that drive value creation; and,
  • effective processes that support continuous improvement and creative solutions that optimizes how work is planned, controlled and executed to drive out waste and deliver value (integrated governance, value management, delivery management).

Having the vision and desire to improve outcomes, and launching an LPD program without hesitation but with clear purpose, is often necessary to deliver beneficial change.

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Industry Example

As  an  example,  Pat  Henderson,  president  of Hardstone Construction Company in Las Vegas, Nevada, sensed the potential risk on his large Tivoli Village at Queensridge Project  was  larger  than  any  one  organization  could  identify,  let  alone  manage.  To assist in identifying this risk, increase owner value, and reduce waste, he embraced several lean principles by creating an integrated virtual design and construction (iVDC) team.

Using Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA solution, the team not only  created  a  clash‐free  3D  model,  but  more  importantly,  by  leveraging  CATIA’s  knowledge  management capabilities, the team was able to drive better solutions to address extensive design changes, optimize system configurations, and support real‐time operations.  The risk Pat believed they would discover materialized as he predicted.  His preparation in assembling an iVDC team that developed production‐based solutions enabled Pat to better manage and mitigate that risk, and ensured the better outcomes he experienced.

Knowledge Flow-Based Construction

This type of knowledge flow‐based construction will dominate the conversation over the next decade. Enterprise 2.0 methodologies will drive digitally connected and highly integrated project communities where:

  • 3D will become a universal language for effective communication
  • Experiences and knowledge will be shared openly in a 24/7 project ecosystem to increase the speed, quality, and throughput of delivery solution
  • Emerging social  software  platforms  designed  for  the  construction  industry  will  become  the  digital environments which contributions and interactions will be globally visible and persistent over time
Fernando Espana, Founder and President of CornerCube Inc.

Fernando Espana, Founder and President of CornerCube Inc.

To learn more, read the full white paper “Lean Construction ‐ Advanced Project Delivery for the AEC Industry” from Dassault Systèmes’ Value Solution Business Partner CornerCube.

CornerCube is a Dassault Systèmes partner located in the San Francisco Bay area, offering Lean construction solutions, 3D technology solutions, and related technical services to the AEC industry.


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Related resources:

Lean Construction Industry Solution Experience

Lean Construction – Advanced project Delivery for the AEC Industry White Paper


Dassault Systèmes and EXPO 2015: Partnering for A More Sustainable Future

By Amy P.

Expo Milano 2015The World Expo happens only once every five years and therefore, when Dassault Systèmes had the opportunity to sponsor the 2015 World Expo – focused on key eco-sustainability themes – it was natural for us to participate. The 2015 World Expo will take place in Milan, Italy from May 1 to October 31, 2015 and will examine the challenges of balancing nutrition for mankind with respect for the planet’s resources. To support this focus and make the event accessible to all, Expo Milano 2015 has created an online, virtual model of the one million square meter exhibition site. As the leader in 3DEXPERIENCE®, Dassault Systèmes is pleased to be named the Official Expo Sponsor of this effort. Now, virtual visitors can immerse themselves in a real-time 3D universe and explore the venue’s buildings at their own pace and throughout the event’s duration. The first version of the Virtual Tour went live in December 2014 and will continue to be enhanced with interactive 3D features, 360° views, sound effects and high definition images, bringing the event to life in a visual, vibrant and informative manner, and helping to contribute to the global awareness of the planet’s nutritional resources. (New version will be announced in May – stay tuned for more!)

“Expo Milano 2015 is expected to be one of the largest international events of the decade and the subject of nutrition and sharing sustainable solutions resonate in any corner of the globe. Reduction of waste and eco-friendly food choices are sample topics that will be featured during the event. In parallel, creating a 3D tool that offers access to virtual visitors who otherwise would not be able to attend or who wish to complement their visit makes what will take place that much more compelling.”

~ Giuseppe Sala, Commissioner of the Government of Italy for Expo Milano 2015 and CEO of Expo 2015 S.p.A.

“Society as a whole is placing increasing demands for its survival on a planet with diminishing resources, and we must address this reality or risk the well-being of future generations.  Only through seeing and experiencing can society fully discover how a harmony between product, nature and life can positively impact the planet. By offering visualization tools that provide meaningful 3D experiences, we can help inspire imagination and innovation that will meet this challenge and create a more sustainable future.”

~ Bernard Charlès, President and CEO, Dassault Systèmes.

At Expo Milano 2015, over 20 million attendees will experience cultural and culinary traditions and technologies involved in food production from over 140 exhibiting countries, in addition to participating in events, shows, conferences and meetings that address the environment and urbanization.

Click to learn more about EXPO 2015.

To explore the EXPO virtually, click here to visit the Virtual Tour.

Top Three Considerations for Planning Your Move to the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

By Matthew

Over the past year there has been a lot of communication around the new 3DEXPERIENCE platform made available in the R2014x release. Some ENOVIA customers may wonder how this impacts their past investments with Dassault Systèmes. While the R2014x release offers many new benefits to Dassault Systèmes’ customers and upgrading is very similar to past ENOVIA V6 upgrades. The reasons are:

  1. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is an extension to the ENOVIA platform used in previous releases – in other words, both have the same technology foundation.
  2. All V6 commercial licenses from past releases are migrated to R2014x at no charge and in many cases the new licenses have expanded functionality.
  3. As with past releases, a customer can upgrade with the same functional scope or choose to expand their implementation’s scope with new processes for new user roles.

1. 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Technology

The same data model and business process rules that power the 3DEXPERIENCE platform also powered the ENOVIA platform. In fact, the same basic approach also powered the MatrixOne platform. This is why so many of ENOVIA’s current customers have been able to successfully upgrade since their first implementation in the mid to late 1990’s. This evolution of platform technology is best conveyed in the following figure:

The evolution of platform technology by Dassault Systèmes

The evolution of platform technology

While the “engine” of all 3 evolutions of the platform is very similar, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform’s spans a much broader scope of functionality. In addition to the formal control of product development processes, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform also provides social collaboration and data federation capabilities to either enterprise or public data sources. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform also delivers the latest IT technologies including cloud support and a modern user experience for desktop and mobile devices.

2. License Upgrades

All licenses from past V6 releases are upgraded to R2014x at zero charge as part of the standard V6 maintenance policy. In many cases these upgrades will provide more standard capabilities than customers previously received. For example, the license for Engineering Bill-of-Material Management now includes standard capabilities for managing an approved vendor list, which was previously licensed separately. Another example of the added standard value provided with R2014x is all licenses for managing CAD data now include standard library classification and reuse capabilities. Of course, the best way to learn of the added value of R2014s is to contact a 3DS Sales Executive to arrange a presentation of all the standard benefits in R2014x.

3. Expand and Transform an ENOVIA Implementation w/ R2014x

A customer may choose to upgrade to R2014x just to get the new functionality described in the previous sections. However, over the past few years, ENOVIA has added business processes for many roles beyond PLM’s traditional roots in Engineering and Design departments. Additionally, many of these roles and processes are now uniquely tailored to specific industry needs as delivered in the 3DS Industry Solution Experiences.   The R2014x upgrade is an excellent opportunity to also assess your company’s business goals and determine if there are new processes and user roles that need to be included in the ENOVIA implementation.


Hopefully, this quick introduction to upgrading to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform has answered many questions, and provides assurance that this upgrade will be similar to all past V6 upgrades. Remember:

  1. The 3DEXPERIENCE represents an evolution of the technology rooted in ENOVIA V6 and the Matrix One platform
  2. Your licenses will migrate to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform – often with additional functionality.
  3. Take advantage of the new technology available in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to solve new business challenges.

We look forward to working with you to help you get the most out of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Be sure to contact one of our solutions experts at enovia.ux.ww@3ds.com for more information.  Additionally, please feel free to comment or ask you questions in the comment section below.

Matthew J. Hall Matthew Hall is the ENOVIA User Advocacy & Social EXPERIENCE Specialist.You can find him on Twitter at @mjhall. Connect with ENOVIA at @3DSENOVIA

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