WASHINGTON — Dassault Systèmes, a leader in 3D design, 3D digital mock up, and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, has announced the launch of “Lean Construction,” an industry solution developed for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry for collaborative project management and execution.

In today’s construction industry, all stakeholders do not necessarily align well, said the company. Dassault Systèmes said its Lean Construction solution is designed to provide a collaborative project backbone that helps companies from all parts of the AEC industry develop, manage, and organize complex projects from anywhere. A centralized 3D environment enhances communication between offices and onsite teams. The visibility into real-time project status also allows all players to quickly make any needed improvements, helping to control costs and eliminate waste.

With Lean Construction, companies can review and analyze different options to ensure they’ve created the best construction approach and assembly sequences, said the company. Resources can then be applied to understand the cost effectiveness and profitability of the plan, enabling any adjustments or changes to be made before work begins. Once the project is underway, Lean Construction helps track progress in real-time to avoid field collisions between contractors, subcontractors, and others, and prevent any issues that could drive up expenses and reduce profits.

“For years, the global construction industry has been plagued by delays, cost overruns, and inefficiencies. It has been estimated that some 25 percent of construction industry costs, or $120 billion annually in the United States alone, is nothing but waste,” said Monica Menghini, executive vice president, industry and marketing, Dassault Systèmes. “In this context, our Lean Construction industry solution experience helps AEC companies understand their projects better from start to finish, and improves upon the promise that BIM-building information modeling technology made but hasn’t fulfilled yet.”

For more information, visit www.3ds.com/solutions/architecture-engineering-construction.

Publication date: 2/4/2013