Bringing South Korea’s smart construction vision to life

Bringing South Korea’s smart construction vision to life

The South Korean government is on a mission to bring cutting-edge technology to the construction industry. It’s part of an ambitious smart construction technology roadmap that will see the nation’s civil engineering businesses embrace a combination of cloud computing, building information modeling (BIM), the Internet of Things, big data, drones and robots as we enter a new chapter in human development driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

For Dasan Consultants, this created a great opportunity to build the foundation for a new BIM design approach. The leading Korean engineering and consulting firm specializes in delivering planning, design and construction management services to the global transportation, land, water, environment, energy and plant sectors. Not only did it want to improve its competitive edge and grow its reputation as a national trailblazer, it also wanted to cut down on unnecessary costs while guaranteeing quality, reliability and sustainability.

The company turned to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on cloud to drive its business-wide transformation and make the switch from 2D to 3D. Today, the platform serves as a centralized database to manage data and intellectual property, securely share information with all stakeholders and work on designs company wide, bringing all design and engineering units together. At the same time, Dasan can actively avoid the design errors, incoherence, interference and miscalculation that commonly crop up in traditional 2D drawings.

Dasan used the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to manage the Yangpyung-Icheon Expressway construction project with impressive results.

“This was the first time we used our new BIM design approach in a project,” said Kim Bong-Seok, director at Dasan Consultants. “Our client recognized the excellent quality of the civil engineering design, enabled by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, and it meant that we were able to win the next project as well.”

Want to learn more about how Dasan is building on its leading reputation and using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to make 3D BIM a reality? Watch the videos below or read the detailed case study.

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Smart cities are sustainable cities

Smart cities are sustainable cities

Metropolitan cities attract people for many reasons – as the population increases so do challenges like traffic gridlock, housing shortages and energy constraints. This is why city planners and developers look into smart city concepts based on sustainability practices. The ultimate goal of a smart city is to function in an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable way. Having an intelligent and virtual 3D model of a city helps improve the experience of residents, business and government.

Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform creates a dynamic virtual twin of a city. This digital model shows how a city can develop and evolve by collecting real-time data with smart information and communication technology. All information can be accessed and evaluated by involved internal and external stakeholders of the city, which enables them to quickly respond to urban challenges. Having a simulation of the city facilitates collaborative management, boosts efficiency and improves the quality of city life. Hong Kong, Rennes Métropole and Singapore have integrated Dassault Systèmes’ solutions to become a smart city.

Arup, a multinational provider of innovative solutions to the built environment, and Dassault Systèmes jointly proposed the 3DEXPERIENCE platform as the foundation of a Common Spatial Data Infrastructure (CSDI) to the Hongkong government, to build a smart city blueprint. The visualization of Hong Kong city in 3D successfully showed how a collaborative platform for public, private and academic sectors can optimize smart city operation and management.

The government of Singapore uses Dassault Systèmes’ smart city offer to centralize planning – from emergency evacuation and construction challenges to organizing major events and making urban living comfortable.

Rennes Métropole is an area in central France and has a digital twin called Virtual Rennes, a collaborative solution based on the cloud. The systematic behind this approach reduces complexity and facilitates the development of effective public policies.

The transformation to smart cities is helping these are more governments to ensure safety and quality of its citizens’ and to create a more livable and sustainable place to work and live.

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The Last Mile: Electric Vehicle Design, the Supply Chain Ecosystem, and An Efficiency Boost for Last-Mile Logistics

The Last Mile: Electric Vehicle Design, the Supply Chain Ecosystem, and An Efficiency Boost for Last-Mile Logistics

Transport and logistic concept, Freight shipping online, Businessman using tablet and data for global logistic network distribution on world map background, Business and technology, Blue tone.When a good is transported through its supply chain, it can move through different modes of transport and passes through various nodes in the journey. The last mile is critical.

The last mile is where the transported product or parcel travels from its last transportation node to its destination: from distribution center to your front door, fulfillment center to stockroom, warehouse to retail storefront—and many other combinations. The focus on last-mile logistics has been intensified as the criticality of the last mile is akin to getting into a canoe for the first time: many things can go wrong.

Electric vehicles are ideal for last-mile logistics. They’re quick, don’t use much energy, do use clean energy, are maneuverable, and travel distances that can make the delivery there and back without recharging.

Designing an electric vehicle is a laudable feat unto itself. Creating a digital twin of such a vehicle and monitoring its operation, in real time, adds to the fury of excitement in how technology is solving problems in a remarkable way. But then use that vehicle for last-mile logistics—the bane of delivery in an Amazon “it’ll be here tomorrow” world—and you have the confluence of technologies and a newfound face of design that can enhance human experiences across many industries.

an electric vehicle for last-mile logistics, however, is a bit challenging. The vehicle must be large enough, and of sufficient capacity, to accommodate the weight and volume needed to deliver cargo in the last-mile transit. But it must be small enough to maneuver in and out of traffic, make frequent stops, and be able to navigate into and out of a wide array of unloading sites: your driveway, back of the store, loading docks, industrial yards, and more.

When Groupe Renault set out to prototype an electric vehicle that can be marketed to perform last-mile logistics delivery, they began to model the vehicle in 3-D. They did this not solely to arrive at a design that could perform the task. Instead, they modeled the vehicle and simulated it and its journey so they could best understand all the dynamics of the last mile and getting parcels and products to their final destination through a myriad of challenges.

The experimental vehicle, Renault EZ-FLEX, was not just modeled for engineers to refine their design. Its modeling was used for everyone from cost analysts to external customers and suppliers who’d be on the receiving end or load-up end of such a vehicle’s journey.

This journey was able to be created, along with all the vehicle attributes, to simulate a virtual reality by creating a digital twin of the vehicle and ultimately emblazon a new practice for vehicle design: creating a mobility experience in a specific application, this case the last-mile logistics.

A New Precedent

The use of design tools ordinarily focuses on a product. They have evolved to include a product and its surrounding systems and environment. But in the case of an electric vehicle for last-mile logistics, a new precedent has been set.

Today, design tools of a 3-D experience, mapping, cloud-based tools that integrate with urban and suburban maps, simulation tools, traffic volumes, air pollution data, all may be plugged into a simulation and create a virtual reality. This process can only result in more useful products for the owners and those who work with, in, and around the product. In this case, it includes the supply chain stakeholders as well as the citizens and others in the mobility environment in which the vehicle will travel. It is a trend that adds much value to engineering design and is becoming a focus of research and development.

The MIT Megacity Logistics Lab, for example, has dedicated a research center to conduct “innovative theoretical and applied research to help companies operate better logistics for cities and governments to design better cities for logistics.”

What’s being done for Renault’s EZ-FLEX seems to be synchronous with what MIT’s Megacity Logistics Lab, and many others in logistics, are endeavoring: looking beyond a single product, but using technology (in this case an electric vehicle to provide last-mile logistics) to simulate and model how that product will operate within an environment. What’s more, it includes the interests of many stakeholders within that environment to create a win-win among them.

MIT’s Lab perhaps said it aptly: “Emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles, drones, 3-D printing, or the Internet-of-Things may disrupt urban last-mile logistics in the near future. We strive to determine the optimal integration of such technologies in the design, planning, and operation of urban distribution systems and study their impact on urban logistics performance.”

Designing electric vehicles to work within new logistical ecosystems is just one example of many that demonstrates how modeling is being used for all interests in today’s complex supply chains, right down to the last mile.

Editor’s Note: Interested in learning more about last mile delivery? Join Dassault Systèmes for 3DEXPERIENCE: A Virtual Journey, launching via live-stream on July 29th at 1:00 PM Eastern Time. 3DEXPERIENCE: A Virtual Journey will deliver thought-provoking and actionable content presented by a powerful line-up of industry influencers, customers and Dassault Systèmes experts.

The session called Optimizing Last Mile Delivery in Times of Disruption drops on July 29th as part of the Planning and Optimization breakout. Register now.

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How Long Until We See Autonomous Vehicles On The Road?

How Long Until We See Autonomous Vehicles On The Road?

The dream of fully autonomous Level 5 vehicles is not far from realization. Top automakers have various predictions ranging from later this year up to next decade for when they might be hitting the roads. These vehicles have the long-term potential to disrupt the entire transportation industry, all the way from individual personal vehicles to trucking fleets operating in an expansive supply chain. Plus autonomous vehicles can be aligned with the trend of mobility as a service; for example, the rise in popularity of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft could eventually lead to robo-taxis.

Dassault Systèmes is helping to realize this dream. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is closely involved in accelerating the time to market for many autonomous vehicle manufacturers including both established automotive veterans and start-ups alike. Dassault Systèmes software can simulate different scenarios on the road, then the results can be incorporated into the vehicle design and production process for additional safety. Using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, motor manufacturers are able to better design, produce, test and maintain driverless cars.

There are many reasons why autonomous vehicle technology is an appealing option, first and foremost – it promises to reduce vehicle injuries and fatalities due to human driver error. The statistics on human drivers show there is serious room for improvement on the safety front. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 94 percent of crashes involve human error, meaning that this technology has the potential to save lives. There are also many distracted, drowsy, inebriated or simply inept human drivers on the roads today and the consequences are serious. The artificial intelligence built into the current driving systems has a great deal of room to expand and may eventually help to deal with the unpredictability of human drivers who will likely still be on the roads for the foreseeable future. Also from a sustainability perspective, autonomous vehicles can be designed to be more fuel-efficient and reduce traffic congestion.

There is the final hurdle of infrastructure development that needs to take place before there can be a full roll out of AV technology. For instance, there could be geofencing put in place to assist vehicles in navigation as well as more robust IoT connectivity to traffic lights and road signage. For drivers, not needing to concentrate on the road opens up valuable extra time for work and relaxation. In turn this might expand the range that people decide to travel for their job, vacation or even allow them greater access to more distant healthcare facilities. Three hours in the car might be more appealing if the occupant can sleep, read, or catch up on their favorite streaming show.

Read more on The Future of Connected Cars and if you are interested in learning more watch the CES 2020: Key Takeaways on the Future of Mobility.

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