Thursday, July 28, 2016

End BIM Fragmentation: Embrace Collaboration with “Design for Fabrication”

End BIM Fragmentation: Embrace Collaboration with “Design for Fabrication”

End BIM Fragmentation: Embrace Collaboration with “Design for Fabrication”

Posted: 28 Jul 2016 05:00 AM PDT

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Today's AEC projects are more complex than ever, achieving heights, shapes and performance capabilities undreamed of a few years ago. Yet even as owners demand more from their buildings, many AEC professionals are still using processes that lead to redundant design, idle labor and significant rework.

There is now a solution available that harnesses the expert knowledge of the entire AEC team to create processes that are as efficient as the resulting project.

Design for Fabrication, based on Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, reduces supply chain fragmentation—and its resulting waste—by serving as a collaborative, fully-integrated, single source of truth for any construction project.

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Embracing a Multi-BIM Approach

Design for Fabrication isn't just BIM.

Most BIM tools are created with the design team in mind, but Design for Fabrication goes well beyond that.

Our platform allows designers to create models that are then used as the basis for shop drawings and fabrication processes. Details can easily be extended from the conceptual design phase through fabrication and on into the construction phase.

When designers and fabricators use a shared model—rather than simply sending data to the next contractor to convert to their own system—design details don't slip through the cracks.

Any changes made to one element will show up immediately in the shared model, alerting all parties to any changes.

Thanks to these shared processes, contractors can feel confident that they will remain on schedule.

Watch the video about Design for Fabrication.

An Intelligent Solution for Improved Design Making

There's more to the Design for Fabrication solution than collaboration. It offers an intelligent environment where users can easily define features to control even the most complex designs. Its ability to design anything, using the scalability of the cloud, means there are virtually no limits for your next project. In addition, users can access real-time update from anywhere, making it the perfect solution for drawing together office, shop and field processes.

A single user-friendly interface hosts the dynamic tools that allow designers to validate project requirements as they work, easily customize repeatable elements, and add data to a design model so that it can be used for shop drawings and creating a complete bill of materials.

What's more, the tool hosts modules for designing a range of structures, including the following:

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Civil Design: Users can model and simulate a variety of changes to terrain, earthworks, and more for large infrastructure projects ranging from roads to bridges to tunnels and beyond.

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Building Design: Design and simulate any building or building element—from basic office furniture all the way to a one-of-a-kind stadium.

Façade Design: No matter the type of building envelope you're planning, design and simulate it from the conceptual level down to details like fasteners. Easily examine metal panel, glazed, tensile and other façades in installed and unfolded states.

Structure Design: Bring all AEC partners together into a single system that can model, simulate and analyze any structural element, whether you're working with concrete and steel frame, precast, façade, bridge, tunnel projects, or other systems.

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Systems Design: No matter the scale, this solution lets users plan, model, and simulate any building system element. Reduce field clashes, whether working on a single occupant structure or a city infrastructure.

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When project stakeholders embrace collaboration, all parties can see significant savings in time and money—while improving overall project quality.

Watch the video how Design for Fabrication can improve your next project.

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Moving game engines onto center stage

Posted: 27 Jul 2016 07:49 PM PDT

Creators and technologists see game engine technology driving new creative options. Originally developed as a software framework for creation and development of video games, game engine technology is now finding new uses in creating visualizations, simulations, virtual reality content, and even filmmaking. At the Jon Peddie Research Siggraph Press Luncheon today, five creators and technologists [...]

Pixar releases Universal Scene Description to open source

Posted: 27 Jul 2016 10:00 AM PDT

USD simplifies 3D data exchange within digital content workflows; includes Hydra previewer. Pixar Animation Studios has released its Universal Scene Description (USD) technology, used for the interchange of 3D graphics data through various digital content creation (DCC) tools, as open source. USD is a proven effective and scalable data exchange solution for the complex workflows [...]

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Adding spatial sound to our Unity model in HoloLens – Part 2

Posted: 27 Jul 2016 06:20 AM PDT

Last time we looked at a rudimentary – although in some senses complicated – spatial sound implementation for our ABB IRB 6620 industrial robot model inside HoloLens. It was simple because we added a single sound at the root of the robot, and complicated because we then had to track the status of each of the robot's parts and turn the sound off when all were stopped. In this post we're going to look at the second of the three design options we saw last time: A single sound is assigned to our robot When the robot stops completely,...

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Studio collaboration platform Shotgun improves Cuts management

Posted: 26 Jul 2016 01:00 PM PDT

New features bring editorial cut data into the review process. The latest update to studio collaboration platform Shotgun introduces editorial cut data into the review process, enabling teams to view their work at any time, in context with the latest cut. "VFX and animation studios need to constantly view their latest work in context of [...]

Massive releases AI-controlled crowd simulator for 3ds Max

Posted: 26 Jul 2016 08:01 AM PDT

Each character in a crowd scene is an autonomous agent. Massive, the specialist in crowd simulation software, today announces a version of its Academy Award-winning crowd simulation software for Autodesk 3ds Max. Massive is the only crowd simulation software that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to control characters. Each character—and there can be thousands—is an autonomous [...]

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Left brain, meet right brain

Left brain, meet right brain

Left brain, meet right brain

Posted: 26 Jul 2016 10:49 AM PDT


By Catherine Bolgar

Three Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces on Table

When Louis Henry Sullivan said, "Form ever follows function," he was talking about architecture of buildings. But today his 19th-century credo is cited in many other spheres where engineering and design interact, including technology and software.

The lines are blurring, though, so that in the future, engineering and design will be seamlessly integrated.

"Good designers are engineers," says Blade Kotelly, senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and vice president of design and consumer experience at Jibo Inc., which makes a social robot for the home. At the same time, customers are no longer as wowed by raw technology and they expect an easy, and aesthetic, user experience.

Design runs to the core of things," he adds. "Large companies realize they're being outdone by smaller companies that are putting design at the center of their thinking."

Brainstorming Brainstorm Business People Design ConceptsThis design-thinking approach can be hard for engineers to understand, Mr. Kotelly says: "The beginning of the design process looks like very little is happening, because the designers are trying to get their brains around the problem fully. Before that, they ask whether the problem is even a good one to solve. Then they figure out what's going to make the solution successful, then they begin the typical design process of research, prototyping, testing, iterating."

Modular structures or open-source components that can be swapped in or out in a modular way reduce the risk of change, so "you can iterate faster," he says.

"It's important to think architecturally about the system—how it breaks out at the top level and the smaller and smaller components—to be able to observe technology as the landscape is changing," Mr. Kotelly says.

The Internet of Things is making it possible to create systems as never before. However, we're likely to soon stop talking about the IoT as it becomes the norm.

"It's like plastics in the 1960s," says Dirk Knemeyer, a founder of Involution Studios, a Boston-area software design studio. "The distinction of things being plastic was super-important. A couple of decades passed, and plastic things are just things."

In the same way, "in the future, everything that is digital and many things that are not will be in the Internet of Things," he says.

Systems require holistic thinking. And that requires integrated teams. "Getting to a successful integrated model that puts design in an appropriate strategic place can be challenging," Mr. Knemeyer says. "It requires overcoming the biases and preconceptions of stakeholders who are already in place and who often have a skeptical view of design and creative expression as part of business. They also have existing fiefdoms they control, and fear that order might be upset by redesign of people and processes."

Tearing down management silos provides a new problem-solving methodology and mindset that can augment the traditional perspectives, whether financial, operational or technological.

The engineering perspective is raw capability: what is the range of possibilities technology can do," Mr. Knemeyer says. "Design says, 'from these technologies, here are the things that can be done specific to the needs of customers.'"

Addressing customer needs is at the core of high-impact design, or design that brings a meaningful change in increasing revenues and reducing costs, he adds.

Business People Team Teamwork Working Meeting ConceptAt the same time, design thinking doesn't just create efficiencies, but new ideas, says Mathias Kirchmer, managing director of BPM-D, a West Chester, Pennsylvania, consultancy that helps companies increase performance through cross-functional business and information-technology initiatives.

In the classic approach, a company starts mapping the processes it needs to accomplish, then optimizing so the processes will be carried out efficiently, then writing the actual software, then implementing or installing it. "It's very inside-out driven," Dr. Kirchmer says. "In today's world, that's a huge problem. First, it's too slow. We need a faster approach. Second, the inside-out view doesn't deliver results to drive profitable growth. It doesn't improve the customer experience sufficiently. It's good to be more efficient, but that doesn't make enough of a difference for the client and move the organization to the next performance level."

Companies compete in just 15% of their processes, he says. The rest is commodity—that is, matching competitors rather than differentiating beyond them. That high-impact 15% requires innovation enabled through design thinking.

Dr. Kirchmer sees four aspects of design thinking:

• empathy to look at high-impact processes from a customer point of view;
• transfer of ideas from unrelated fields to introduce innovation;
• storytelling to communicate the customer journey and intended innovations in a way that will resonate with all the involved teams;
• rapid prototyping to quickly get to the visual design of user interfaces and software development.

The melding of disciplines means that in the future, designers will need to be more knowledgeable about core science or core engineering. "The way science is moving is going to pull all of us into a more quantified scientific environment," Mr. Knemeyer says.


Catherine Bolgar is a former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe, now working as a freelance writer and editor with WSJ. Custom Studios in EMEA. For more from Catherine Bolgar, along with other industry experts, join the Future Realities discussion on LinkedIn.

Photos courtesy of iStock

Monday, July 25, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Adding spatial sound to our Unity model in HoloLens – Part 1

Posted: 25 Jul 2016 04:40 AM PDT

As mentioned last time, upgrading to Windows 10 has opened the door to spatial sound in our HoloLens model. The foundational step is to set our Unity project's audio settings to have the Spatializer Plugin as the "MS HRTF Spatializer": if you don't see this option then you may need to upgrade your OS (as I did). At this point we need to think a little about how best to implement spatial sound in this project, particularly as it literally contains a number of moving parts. I see three main alternatives: A single sound is assigned to our robot...

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The center of the tech revolution in finance couldn’t be further from Silicon Valley

The center of the tech revolution in finance couldn’t be further from Silicon Valley

The center of the tech revolution in finance couldn’t be further from Silicon Valley

Posted: 24 Jul 2016 06:32 PM PDT



By: Ian Kar

China, Shenzen skyline, elevated view

Silicon Valley is on a mission to disrupt finance. Even Jamie Dimon is worried about it. US venture capital funding for fintech startups reached $7.4 billion in 2015, up from $4.3 billion in 2014. But while the money's flowing, the real action is in China.

According to a new report from Citi's research division, people in China are actually using fintech products. The three biggest internet companies—Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent—all have digital finance businesses that are thriving. Baidu Wallet has 45 million users. Alibaba's Alipay is the world largest fintech startup and processed almost $2.6 trillion in payments in 2015—a third of all third-party transactions in China. Tencent's financial products accounted for $800 billion in payments in 2015.

China's fintech dominance isn't just in payments. Alternative and peer-to-peer lending is bigger as well. The US does more peer-to-peer lending than the UK, but, combined, the two countries do less than China.

China's fintech and digital banking businesses are growing in part because consumer banking hasn't developed as much as elsewhere, Citi said. Chinese internet giants have stepped into the void to provide access to financial services via mobile apps. Chinese regulators have also taken steps to promote, not inhibit, financial innovation in China.

China could be where the US is headed. Citi said that China is past the tipping point of disrupting financial services, but the US or Europe is still a few years away. By 2023, 17%, or $1.2 billion, of North American consumer banking revenue will move to digital services, Citi estimates.


To discuss this and other topics about the future of technology, finance, life sciences and more, join the Future Realities discussion on LinkedIn.

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Game industry leader Tim Sweeney to receive Jon Peddie Technology Advancement Award at Siggraph 2016

Posted: 23 Jul 2016 06:09 PM PDT

The founder and current CEO of Epic Games "has led the trajectory of the game industry." Jon Peddie Research (JPR) announces Tim Sweeney as the latest recipient of the JPR Technology Advancement Award. The founder and current CEO of Epic Games will be presented at JPR’s Annual Siggraph Luncheon for press and analysts on July [...]

Friday, July 22, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Developing for HoloLens on Windows 10

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 01:48 PM PDT

So yes, it does make sense to switch to Windows 10 if you're doing HoloLens development. As mentioned in a recent post, I'd previously not upgraded any of my work PCs to Windows 10, mainly due to lack of formal support from our IT department. Which isn't in itself a huge concern, but I do need to connect to certain pieces of corporate infrastructure, so this was enough of a deterrent in the absence of a compelling reason to upgrade. The two main potentially compelling reasons I hit while working on this HoloLens project were: Inability to run the...

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Reviewing the EVGA GTX 1070

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 07:00 AM PDT

Nvidia Pascal technology in the (literally) coolest board. By Robert Dow The Performance segment graphics add-in boards featuring Nvidia's new Pascal processor were released June 10. Nvidia has been promising a 3X performance boost from the GTX 970, a faster clock, and more memory, all while consuming less power. Our friends at EVGA provided us [...]

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Revolutionizing Smart Appliance Innovation through Collaboration

Revolutionizing Smart Appliance Innovation through Collaboration

Revolutionizing Smart Appliance Innovation through Collaboration

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 03:00 AM PDT

According to Berg Insight, in 2014, smart appliances made up one-third of the estimated 5.9 billion smart and connected products sold worldwide: that's 2 billion smart appliances. With that level of production, and a market growing at an estimated CAGR of 15.4% toward a value of $37.2 billion USD by 2020 (MarketsandMarkets), there's no doubt about it: customers love smart appliances.

Puremotion video washing machineIn the recent post "A New Spin on Washing Machine Design", we explained how customers today expect more than just a product when they do business with a company: they would rather spend money on an experience than a thing. The ability of smart appliances to deliver delightful, intuitive experiences that make daily life easier and more pleasurable is in large measure the key to the smart appliance market's success.

This is a theme we returned to in "The Secret to Creating Market-Winning Experiences", in which we explored the use of collaborative simulation and design exploration software to help craft these compelling experiences, enabling manufactures to simulate virtual product experiences while evaluating and analyzing hundreds of design options.

engineer-puremotionSuch advanced software is invaluable because at technical level, designing great smart appliance experiences can be a daunting challenge. It requires that companies have engineering proficiency in a wide array of areas such as software, mechanical, electrical, fluid, electronics, software, and other specialized areas.  What's more, success requires bringing all of these competencies together to collaboratively develop requirements, solve problems and optimize outcomes (see our post "How to Stay Competitive? Develop Smart Appliances in the Era of Experience").

This kind of collaboration is essential for success in systems engineering in general, but the need for collaboration in the fast-growing but intensely competitive smart appliance market requires expanding collaboration to an enterprise level. It requires establishing an ongoing dialogue between design, engineering, manufacturing, marketing and support.

We've developed a short video, Pure Motion, to introduce the ways in which these disciplines can revolutionize smart appliance innovation through collaboration on a single platform – the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, while leveraging common 3D system models and digital assets across optimized processes.

Watch the video now, or to learn more, visit our white goods webpage or download the V-ZUG case study today, which details how the Swiss High Tech appliance maker is innovating for perfect cooking and washing experiences with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.



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The Foundry ports Katana to Windows

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 07:00 AM PDT

The popular look-and-lighting tool also adds new support for Renderman, V-Ray, Arnold, and 3Delight.   The Foundry's popular professional look development and lighting tool Katana is now available on Windows. Until now only available on Linux RHEL Centos 6, Katana 2.5 will also support 64-bit Windows 7. Katana is used in VFX, broadcast, and animation as [...]

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Retailers juggle selection, convenience and speed

Retailers juggle selection, convenience and speed

Retailers juggle selection, convenience and speed

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 12:45 PM PDT


By Catherine Bolgar

Asian woman signing receipt of delivered package

The rise of e-commerce has left brick-and-mortar retailers struggling to catch up. In the latest escalation, the introduction of same-day delivery is further transforming online shoppers' expectations of serviceyet this development ultimately might be a boon for traditional retailers.

It's all about the customer. It's always about the customer, about being able to adapt to the marketplace to satisfy the customer," says Robert L. Williams, Jr., assistant professor of marketing at Susquehanna University, in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

Since 2005, when the U.S.'s biggest online retailer launched a membership scheme, with customers paying a monthly fee for services like streaming and for free two-day delivery—same-day delivery in certain markets—competitors have scrambled to keep up. Just between January 2014 and May 2016, shipping times fell 46% to 3.4 days from 6.3 days, according to an average of 238 merchants and online sellers surveyed by Slice Technologies Inc., a Palo Alto, California, shopping and package-tracking application. As a result of new technology making tracking easier, "Customers recognize they have that power, and they want to exercise it," Prof. Williams notes.

Woman shopping online on laptop computer with credit cardA key objective, says Kenneth Cassar, Slice's principal analyst, is "challenging consumers to think differently about the online channel. In the past, online was the place to go for low prices and broad selection. Increasingly, people are looking to the e-commerce channel for convenience. Convenience is creeping up on price and selection for importance."

Any retailers aiming for same-day delivery face the same problems, according to a white paper published by Quintiq, a supply-chain optimization firm owned by Dassault Systèmes. The usual methods of assigning slots are unable to satisfy both cost savings and customer satisfaction. With regular rounds, customers don't have enough choice for delivery time, but with dynamic slots, drivers waste time and fuel delivering a package at a certain time for one customer and then, hours later, a package next door for another customer. Quintiq uses forecasts to allocate delivery slots dynamically, updating in real time. That minimizes driving while giving customers maximum choice of delivery time.

Same-day delivery doesn't apply to all of the millions of items for sale by online retailers, meaning even e-commerce behemoths must juggle convenience vs. selection. They must also invest in warehouses in order to get goods close enough to population centers for quick delivery, notes Daphne Carmeli, chief executive of Deliv. The Menlo Park, California, company works with retailers and businesses to provide same-day delivery in 17 U.S. markets using crowd-sourced drivers.

However, brick-and-mortar retailers already have vast inventory that's conveniently close to customers—inside their stores. "Much of their inventory sits within a short drive of 90% of the population," Ms. Carmeli says. "How do you leverage your stores to be the forward-fulfillment centers? Drivers leverage their GPS-enabled smart phones to respond to delivery requests. These technologies that power the supply and demand were not available 10 years ago."

Retail chains and franchises are using "click and collect" or BOPIS (buy online, pick up in store) to give online shoppers the convenience of quick fulfillment from a store at no charge. Or they leverage the capabilities of BOPIS along with a service like Deliv to offer same-day delivery as an option at checkout. When customers select same-day delivery, Deliv is automatically notified of the order and dispatches a driver to pick up and deliver the order when it is ready, Ms. Carmeli says.

Retailers are "looking for opportunities to create a channel-integrated environment," says Lars M. Bollweg, researcher at the Competence Center E-Commerce at the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in Soest, Germany.

Attractive woman checking bar code in shopping mallOriginally, retailers had a single channel, meaning a brick-and-mortar shop that people visited. That involved one database of customers in the background. With the arrival of the Internet, retailers had a physical shop and an online shop, each with a separate database. But both channels remained strictly separated. If someone ordered in the online shop, the sales clerks in the brick-and-mortar shop knew nothing about it, Mr. Bollweg says.

That improved with cross-channel management software, which let both databases talk to each other a little while remaining separated.

Then came omnichannel, or one big customer database. "Wherever the customer meets the company—by phone, online, in person—the retailer knows the whole history of shopping events," such as whether the customer purchased frequently, or recently encountered a problem with a purchase, Mr. Bollweg says. "Omnichannel offers more opportunity to deliver more advanced services, but it's tricky to do. It's expensive. And it's very challenging for small shops." With apps and location services, for example, a store can send you a coupon for a discount just at the moment you're in the neighborhood.

As a result, local shopping platforms sprang up to implement the strategy for groups of shops that would split the cost. Such shops, often run by individual entrepreneurs who lack technological skills, benefit from the platform's e-commerce know-how, Mr. Bollweg says.

For example, a public-private initiative in a German city gives local small retailers an omnichannel framework, including centralized delivery of goods and returns. These platforms are a big trend in Germany, and also exist in the U.S. and Switzerland. However, some are only a year old and haven't yet turned profitable, he says.

While more people are choosing same-day delivery for a bigger assortment of purchases, it's still "very, very early days," Mr. Cassar says. "I would be shocked if 20 years from now the majority of online sales were being delivered to consumers on the same day."

The market has "room for everybody," Dr. Williams concurs, "but with the customer in control, everybody has to step up their game. There's no room for being complacent."



Catherine Bolgar is a former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe, now working as a freelance writer and editor with WSJ. Custom Studios in EMEA. For more from Catherine Bolgar, along with other industry experts, join the Future Realities discussion on LinkedIn.

Photos courtesy of iStock

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Reviewing HP ZBook Studio G3 mobile workstation

Posted: 19 Jul 2016 07:00 AM PDT

An elite 15'-inch model designed to lure MacBook Pro users in media and entertainment. By Alex Herrera As 2015 came to a close, HP Inc. was busy following on the heels of Intel's Skylake launch with a broad product refresh of its own, both upgrading and expanding on its line of ZBook mobile workstations. When [...]

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Blocos Fabrica do Projeto

Blocos Fabrica do Projeto

Blocos FP 3D: Sala Estar 3D

Posted: 19 Jul 2016 11:06 AM PDT

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