The Reimagining of Cities

By Alyssa
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The last half-century has seen massive growth in urban populations. This trend is expected to continue: experts predict 6.5 billion people will live in cities by 2050. And with all cities covering less than 3% of Earth, overpopulation, overpollution and overburdened infrastructure create significant challenges.

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To address this will require a radical rethinking of our relationship with, and to, urban environments, as well as a shift in mindset within the architecture, engineering and construction industries.

Whether you live in a city or a different type of area, most likely you’ve thought about things you wish you could change. Maybe you think there should be a traffic light in a place that is missing one. Or an easier way to find a parking space, or a new place to live. Technology is now allowing everyday citizens to have this type of influence, and Singapore is leading the way.

Check out this 1-minute video to get a taste of what is happening in a project called Virtual Singapore:

In today’s world, people are constantly generating data. If planners can harness and analyze that data, they can create intelligent cities that better meet the ever-changing needs of citizens.

When completed in 2018, users of Virtual Singapore will be able to map and analyze big data points to simulate scenarios and solutions for everything from disaster evacuation to finding an apartment.

Virtual Singapore will help inform people about where to get the best mobile phone coverage, or allow disabled people to virtually plan an optimal route before venturing out into the streets. Firms can use the information to create better buildings – not just by adding amenities for those living or working in them, but even to architect a specific design to improve air flow throughout the city. Data can also help better identify sun patterns to create more sustainable green spaces. And all of this can be tested (and retested) virtually to help get it just right.

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Dassault Systèmes, in conjunction with CNBC Catalyst Content Studio, created an in-depth look at the future of cities, including the need to find equilibrium between government, private business and the public to make these areas successful.

The content – which includes interactive graphics, videos and articles – also explores how 3D printing is being applied to quickly build apartment buildings to meet the burgeoning urban populations.

Click here to get your imagination going about what tomorrow’s cities might look like and how people like you can participate in the process.

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World Cities Summit Hosts Government Leaders & Innovators Solving City Planning Challenges

By Akio
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Today’s cities consume as much as 75% of natural resources, 70% of global energy consumption and energy-related carbon emissions—and are growing at a rate of 1.3 million people each week.

To grow cities more responsibly, sustainably and satisfyingly for residents, government leaders from around the world are coming together to discuss shared challenges, and potential solutions, at the 2016 World Cities Summit.

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The summit, scheduled for July 10-14, 2016, welcomes to Singapore leaders of some of the world’s most forward-thinking cities, as well as academics, AEC professionals and other industry experts to discuss city challenges and share solutions.

Under the theme Livable & Sustainable Cities: Innovative Cities of Opportunity, the event is a platform for discussions of how cities can perform long-term planning in a way that better serves their residents, and improves resilience, through policy, new technology and social innovation.

Several presentations are set to highlight the benefits that can be reaped from using technology to develop smart cities. Smart cities integrate physical, digital and human systems to deliver benefits that include healthier ecosystems, safer cities, and even greater comfort for residents. Other sessions will discuss the ways in which governments can work together with the private sector to apply smart city technology in a way that broadens both financial and social improvements, or how to harness smart sensors to create these smart cities.

3DS_2016_Compass_City_webDassault Systèmes, a proud sponsor of the World Cities Summit, will be highlighting how to create a clone of a city with 3DEXPERIENCE® City. The event provides the perfect forum for highlighting the technology for analyzing data to manage city services and resources.

Singapore has been using this technology to create a digital equivalent, a Virtual Singapore.

The digital city uses real-time feedback that is helping city planners to optimally grow their city to meet the needs of an ever-increasing population.

City planners can also use the data to simulate “what if” scenarios before making real changes to infrastructure.

The 2016 World Cities Summit is set to take place July 10-14 at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

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For more information about the 3DEXPERIENCE® City, visit www.3dexperiencecity.com

To schedule a meeting with Dassault Systèmes at the World Cities Summit, visit www.3ds.com/3ds-events/world-cities-summit-2016/.

For more information about Industry Solution Experiences from Dassault Systèmes for AEC, visit www.3ds.com/aec

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.

Admiralty Station

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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