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