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How Design-Assist Models Are Transforming Façades

March 22, 2016 7:24 am
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Zahner is an internationally acclaimed engineering and fabrication company best known for its highl….

One of Zahner’s recent projects, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), demonstrates how supply chain integration can help move complex buildings quickly to completion.

KPF principal Trent Tesch brought Zahner onto the project during its early stages to prove to the owner that the proposed façade — a complex swirling structure of stainless steel ribbons—would indeed be possible to fabricate.

The fabrication team began and lived in a 3D world from the beginning.

“We took the architect’s surface information and built out all of the parts based on their original 3D model,” says Mr. Shannon Cole, Zahner Senior Project Engineer.

The project called for the design of 26-foot long unitized pieces that spanned from one anchorage point to another.

The team relied on CATIA to create knowledge patterns that could be adapted for each element. The CATIA software also enabled Zahner engineers to export and manufacture the parts.

While the process of designing each ribbon was fairly complex and required some design expertise, the fabrication and installation process was much simpler.

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