High Demand for New Solutions at BIM World 2015 in Paris

By Akio

In Paris, March 25-26, BIM World 2015 showcased a global vision of the life cycle, equipment, buildings, urban infrastructure, users, and services. This year’s theme was “Redesigning the Innovation Code.”

BIM World 2015

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The sold-out event attracted broad attendance from architects, designers and contractors, to those from government, other industries, and the general public. Following the 2014 European Directive on the use of digital processes in building information modeling (BIM), there was intense interest at BIM World 2015 in the new technologies being shown and the solutions available.

BIM World 2015 from Dassault Systemes

Many within the AEC industry in France recognize they are late adopting BIM industrialization compared to other countries. Attendees at BIM World in Paris showed high interest in these BIM solutions, driven by the current French housing and economic environment and a need to reduce building costs and increase efficiencies of construction projects.

French Minister Sylvia Pinel

Underscoring the importance of these endeavors, Sylvia Pinel, Minister of Housing, Equality Territories and Rural Affairs opened the roundtable, titled “The French Roadmap for the Digital Transition of Construction,” on Wednesday, 25 March. A digital revolution is taking place in the building industry, and “the term revolution is no exaggeration,” said Pinel.

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Popular Discussions

The many sessions and discussions held centered on BIM. It is clear that the building and construction industry in France is ready to adopt this technology. Attendees were actively exploring how to implement BIM and wanted to get into the specifics, such as:

  • Return on investment with BIM
  • How companies have successfully implemented BIM into their life cycles
  • When companies can expect to realize benefits after implementing BIM
  • New building efficiency through BIM
  • BIM for infrastructure
  • BIM as a marketing vehicle for construction and building projects

Solutions for BIM Showcased

Dassault Systèmes was well-positioned at the event. The company brings more than 30 years of knowledge, experience, and outstanding technology solutions from its work around the world and in other industries, such as aerospace, automotive, shipbuilding, and others.

The demonstrations presented at BIM World supported Dassault Systèmes’ reputation for expertise and excellence. Attendees were very excited to see these solutions. There was high demand and interest in how these solutions can help companies become more efficient to accelerate innovation.

Highlighted solutions included:

  • Lean Construction Industry Solution Experience –The solution provides a collaboration-based project backbone that enables centralized project and data management, construction simulation for better planning and execution, and the right information to be available to the right people at the right time.
  • Façade Design for Fabrication Industry Solution Experience – The solution connects your design data from concept through fabrication for collaborative, industrialized construction.
  • Building Energy Efficiency Solution, so called “Smart Building Experience” leveraging Dymola for simulation and Modelica for modeling – This experience showed the 3DS Campus building temperature changing as the sun moves east to west during the day.

“France is now pushing its adoption of BIM, and that came through at this year’s BIM World,” said Marty Doscher, Vice President, AEC Industry, Dassault Systèmes. “The excitement at the event was electric, and the discussions demonstrated a high level of understanding with BIM. We expect to see many more exciting projects in the years ahead!”


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Related resources:

Collaborative and Industrialized Construction Solutions

Best Practice White Paper: End-To-End Collaboration Enabled by BIM Level 3

Buzz About BIM: MADE Expo Attendees Ask How New Tech Can Help Them

By Akio


As the MADE Expo opened at the Rho fairgrounds in Milan on March 18, 2015 BIM was already the buzzword of the event.


The biannual exhibition of MADE Expo attracted in 2015 more than 200,000 professionals from all parts of the Architecture, Engineering & Construction industry, from architects to manufacturers to contractors — making it no wonder that attendees had a focus on BIM (Building Information Modeling), itself a virtual meeting place for all design and construction parties.

“Everyone is talking about BIM,” found Edmondo Occhipinti, director of 3-im Virtual Projects, a 3D design consultancy and Dassault Systèmes business partner. “The public has a rising interest in this technology and the way it works, and they want to understand more: what does it do for us? How does it work?”

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The conversation at the event was not on a single solution but the overall benefits that leveraging 3D can provide to all parties. That provided representatives within the Dassault Systèmes booth the opportunity to provide real world examples of how BIM can solve the most complex design and construction challenges.

A Trend Made New Again

Although MADE attracts an international audience, Occhipinti noted that Italy provides a unique focus for companies such as 3-im’s new consultancy, because the use of BIM is just emerging among local contractors.

“Italy is a strong market for construction companies,” Occhipinti said. In the last two decades, the nation’s expert general contractors have expanded services internationally, and supported the growth of a number of highly technical Italian façade contractors.

This global collaboration has set the perfect stage for these Italian contractors to move from 2D to 3D design and construction.

“At the point, the Italian Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry is starting to understand the value of creating 3D content and designing buildings through 3D technology,” Occhipinti said. “The opportunity for a collaboration of data—which is the key to BIM—is likely to arise in a couple of years.”

An Evolving Solution

As the push for collaboration begins among Italian contractors, Occhipinti and 3-im are uniquely situated to provide solutions for design challenges.

We’ve been working on 3D and BIM for more than ten years, and in the beginning the real challenge was getting companies to switch from the digital drafting table and 2D CAD systems to 3D,” Occhipinti said. “Over the years, as this content became common, the next big question became ‘how do we share this data? How do we collaborate? How do we make sure all of this information is streamlined for the use of the entire supply chain?’”

Reaching that question was a decade-long evolution for an Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry. But having experienced that evolution once, Occhipinti is preparing now to answer those questions for his Italian customers.

A Partner in the Process

With his background in putting BIM to use, and guiding others in the process of using it, Occhipinti was prepared for the variety of questions from curious onlookers at the MADE Expo.

“People came to the technology section of the event because they were very curious about what solutions are out there that can address their current needs,” Occhipinti said.

For 3-im and Dassault Systèmes, the answer was not only a product, but also real world examples of how 3D technology can improve the construction process across the entire supply chain. Façade Design for Fabrication Industry Solution Experience helps develop from conceptual models to fabrication providing a seamless and efficient design process. . Lean Construction Industry Solution Experience offers sophisticated project management and a platform for collaboration and data sharing.

Learn more about 3D Experience for Collaboration and Indistrialized Construction (Presentation)

“We put on the table real solutions we’ve found for challenges, and our real experience from working on some of the most complex projects in the world,” Occhipinti said.

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Related Resources:

AEC Collaborative and Industrialized Construction

Lean Construction Industry Solution Experience

Façade Design for Fabrication Industry Solution Experience

Nine Lean Concepts to Improve Project Outcomes

By Akio


Good is the enemy of Great” – Jim Collins


To expect better outcomes is a poor strategy. “Good enough” stifles creativity and innovation in project delivery. Achieving better outcomes requires a persistent, proactive effort from organizations that want to gain competitive advantage by providing more value to their customers.

Lean Project Delivery (LPD) is a production management‐based approach to project delivery that is applied from concept to start‐of‐operations. It is based on Lean principles and methodologies and is configured for the construction industry.

LPD structures work to maximize value and minimize waste by focusing the delivery team on optimizing the project as a whole. It redefines “control” from a command and control hierarchy that reacts to results based on lagging indicators, to a distributed control through established LPD operating frameworks which guide organizations in optimizing work planning and execution.

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Guiding Template for Lean Project Delivery

CornerCube Lean Project Delivery Graphic

From a delivery perspective, projects are unique: they are governed by multiple organizations; they need to create a high value physical asset starting from concepts; and their delivery is extremely dependent on an evolving team of participants working together. To successfully deliver a construction project, an operating Framework requires a structure that ensures integrated governance, enables the means to optimize value, and incorporates effective delivery strategies.

A Framework can be purposefully designed to drive value or it can develop ad hoc with less than desired results. An organization’s ability to successfully deliver its capital projects is of strategic importance. LPD improves the operational foundation of the delivery process by adding focus on value creation, reducing waste inherent in the construction industry, and addressing the gaps, conflicts, redundancies between conventional methodologies and production requirements.

Over the past decade, adopting the Lean Project Delivery approach has begun to transform the construction industry by proving its effectiveness in addressing the delivery challenges projects typically face and improving the manner in which the production of capital assets are managed.

Nine Lean Concepts to Improve Project Outcomes

To continuously improve outcomes, project performance, and increase value delivered, LPD embraces the Lean concepts appropriate for the construction industry. They include:

  1. Value from the perspective of the customer – The definition of the customer includes entities both internal and external to the organization. Each customer has his or her own set of requirements that must be considered.
    These customers may be ranked or have priorities and vary among end user customer, the commercial customer, the product customer, the stakeholders, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and the worker.
    They are customers because their success is intertwined with the success of others; one organization’s actions have direct or indirect consequences to others.
  2. Projects are temporary production systems – Projects are discrete events whose configurations, locations, environmental conditions, etc. are as varied as the combination of organizations, people, processes, and products that come together to deliver it.
  3. Integrate and synchronize to create continuous workflow – working collaboratively as a collective project enterprise requires the elimination of silos which is the source of much variability and waste.
  4. Use “pull” techniques to plan and advance the project – work releasing work reduces the amount of waste caused by fragmentation and re‐The rule is to not start work until constraints have been removed, the work made ready to start, and a request made to begin the work.
  5. Lean principles apply but must respect the complexity and dynamics of capital projects – Information, design, supply chain, and final assembly flows vary for each project.
  6. Optimize the whole, strive for perfection – sub‐optimization for isolated gains of individual organizations or people leads to increased time and cost with lower quality and safety performance.
  7. Collaboration and learning environments are essential – co‐creation of solutions, impeccable coordination, and learning coupled with action leads to better solutions, continuous improvement, team structures, and effective communication.
  8. Projects involve humans interfacing with other humans and systems, recognize that projects are a network of commitments and require increasing relatedness – as humans we are not infallible and leveraging collective knowledge provides significant benefits and creates a supporting environment.
  9. Identify essential value streams and all delivery processes – understanding value streams and the steps in a delivery process leads to greater visibility of the production system that enables improvement to occur

This is an excerpt from the 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

Interview with CornerCube

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