Future Testing is a process that leverages virtual design and construction, simulation, and rapid iterations. With Future Testing, AEC project stakeholders are able to anticipate issues and opportunities early, reduce risk, take advantage of innovative ideas, and gain an edge on the competition.
An excellent example of a company employing the Future Testing method is CadMakers Inc., a construction and manufacturing technology company.
They work closely with AEC businesses to streamline projects from design to construction, leveraging leading engineering software solutions. Their design approach includes modeling all the building systems — architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing, civil and geotechnical — and mapping them virtually in an accurate, virtual 3D model. Then, they get everyone — the project architect, engineers, and various subcontractors — together to view the model and crowdsource solutions to identified problems.
This approach combines the hands-on expertise and experience of construction industry veterans with the visualization provided by 3D modeling with a specific end goal of prefabrication for multiple building systems.
The results speak for themselves.
CadMakers helped design the Brock Commons Tallwood House at the University of British Columbia near Vancouver, an 18 story mass-timber building.
They leveraged Future Testing by employing virtual design and construction modeling, and on-site assembly simulation of manufactured parts. This approach helped complete the structural components of the project approximately 50% faster and at less cost than traditional concrete buildings of the same size (when factoring in reduction of carrying costs and labor on site due to speed).
In fact, the 20-month project was complete three and half months ahead of schedule.
(Watch how CadMakers is leading the AEC industry into the future on top of this page)
Learn all about Future Testing through real world examples from CADMAKERS, SHoP ARCHITECTS, SMEDI, A. ZAHNER COMPANY, and HARDSTONE CONSTRUCTION in the Dassault Systèmes white paper: Replacing Problem-Solving with Future-Testing: The New Paradigm Poised to Disrupt the AEC Industry.
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