A Treasure Trove of AEC Insights and Discoveries

By Akio
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To create truly innovative structures, today’s AEC professionals must look first at their creation process. Pushing the boundaries requires new technologies, new strategies and a new mindset.

The truly innovative AEC professionals are looking beyond what’s been done, to what’s being done across other industries.

Here you’ll gain insight from experts on the cutting edge of the industrialization of design and construction. Discover how to apply the efficiency of industrialized manufacturing strategies to any project, and the significant advantages this approach can yield.

If we look beyond traditional AEC methods, we can transform the efficiency with which projects are delivered and operated.

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In these articles, you will gain valuable insight, including:

  1. The benefits of adopting an industrial, manufacturing-based approach toward building design and construction and the new mentality needed to achieve this industrial approach to AEC.
  2. How early collaboration and a focus on installation during design can reduce requests for information and change orders—and increase operational performance throughout a building’s lifecycle.
  3. Tips for implementing manufacturing processes and improving AEC coordination, and the 5 manufacturing strategies that can help construction projects transfer greater value to their customers.
  4. Insight into using virtual design to fabricate buildings with the same efficiency that the aerospace industry uses digital models to assemble airplanes.
  5. How to industrialize work processes to create work packages that can be built and assembled by non-skilled workers.

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It’s the Month of Contests!

By Aurelien
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This month, you have three more chances to participate in running contests and win great prizes, so you don’t want to miss them! :)

The Ocean Cleanup Contest

Boyan Slat‘s groundbreaking project aims at cleaning the tons of plastic that are polluting the world’s oceans. SolidWorks offers designers around the world a chance to contribute to this project by participating to the Ocean Clean Up contest.

Prizes include:

  • Admission to SolidWorks World 2014, including round-trip airfare to San Diego and four nights hotel.
  • A one-week trip to The Netherlands to work with The Ocean Cleanup team, including round-trip airfare and seven nights hotel.
  • One Microsoft Surface Pro with SolidWorks 2014 Premium

Design guidelines and details: http://www.oceancleanupcontest.com/

Deadline: Nov 15th, 2013

 

MoveIn3D

This new edition of the “MadeIn3D” contest, in partnership with 3D printing services provider Sculpteo, will highlight designs that demonstrate the superiority of 3D printing over traditional manufacturing for non-assembly objects.

Prizes include an iPad Mini, and your design 3D printed.

Design guidelines and details: http://www.3dvia.com/madein3d/

Deadline: November 8th, 2013

 

#IFWE Challenge

Our second edition of the #IFWE Challenge, in partnership with GreenBiz and NetImpact, lets you dream world-changing ideas simply beginning with the words “IF WE”.

Prizes include:

  • 3-day visit to 3DS Paris Campus or 3DS Boston Campus (including travel & accommodation)
  • Latest-generation iPads loaded with 3DS software
  • Gifts from our partners GreenBiz and NetImpact

Contest guidelines and details: http://www.3ds.com/if-we/challenge

Deadline: October 28th, 2013

IFWE Challenge – Reloaded, and in 3D!

By Aurelien
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IF WE ask the right questions, we can change the world… In 2012, you were more than 500 to submit crazy ideas to our crowd-sourced collection of world-changing dreams. 3 winners were awarded with prizes and software to help bring their dream to life.

This year, the #IFWE Challenge is back, reloaded with exciting new features:

  • New prizes, including a trip to our 3DS Paris Campus or Boston Campus, for a total prize value of $12,000
  • An incredibly awesome jury of sustainability experts, and the three IFWE Challenge Winners of the 2012 edition!
  • New social features to share easily your or someone else’s IFWE Dream with friends through Facebook, Twitter or by email

Yet with more than 500 contributions in our “IFWE Dreams cloud”, we found out it wasn’t really user-friendly to browse others’ contributions only three or four at time. So we thought a 3DEXPERIENCE would do a better job  :wink: We teamed with 3DVIA to create the “IFWE Sphere“, allowing you to navigate within almost 200 Dreams at a time. We also added a pinch of EXALEAD, to highlight the most frequent keywords, and to help finding Dreams with similar thoughts (so that you can find your IFWE Dream teammates even if they are on the other side of the planet :D ).

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What we DIDN’T change is the way you can submit your IFWE Dream. We kept it as simple as last year: just come up with a statement or question beginning with the words #IFWE, and submit it through our website, blogs, on Facebook or Twitter. Everything is explained here, so don’t wait to submit your own world-changing ideas! The contest will be ending on October 28th.



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