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Lean Solutions for Mean Times: Finding New Value by Putting Data to Work

Lean Solutions for Mean Times

Finding New Value by Putting Data to Work

On November 18th, 2020, Meeting of the Minds convened a free, live webinar featuring Fabrice Servant of Dassault Systémes and John Cerone of SHoP Architects.


Overlapping crises throughout 2020 have revealed the importance of real-time information for local and state government, as well as those who design cities, to make urgent choices. Tough decisions are being made each day as municipal and state officials continue confronting revenue losses. It is often impossible to access the full picture necessary for decision-making when information is siloed across different agencies, partners and stakeholders, preventing data-informed decision-making, sometimes with little time to spare.

With many capital improvement projects and budgets on the line for 2021, lean budgets will demand more focus on citizen engagement, transparency and collaboration across agencies and silos to develop consensus for critical go/no-go decisions about growing, stopping or maintaining public investments. New data tools have the ability to analyze massive amounts of data by looking for patterns while we search, reveal, and manage information for faster and more efficient decision-making. By using a common platform on the cloud, all stakeholders can view organized and unified data sets to produce more informed and effective choices.

Dassault Systèmes has helped cities build ‘virtual twins’ to model and visualize current and future situations, by aggregating existing data from multiple sources and agencies into a common data environment. SHoP Architects will share how we can leverage digital tools beyond individual building design and construction and apply it to the entire urban scale to better understand the impact on infrastructure, streets, and public life. Together, Dassault Systèmes and SHoP will share how they simulate and analyze complex scenarios, validate decisions, and facilitate the management of public projects to elevate citizen satisfaction and trust. Join us as we discuss digital tools for improving quality of life in our cities.


Fabrice Servant's Slidedeck

Download the slides used by Fabrice Servant during his presentation.

John Cerone's Slidedeck

Download the slides used by John Cerone during his presentation.


John Cerone

John Cerone

Principal, SHoP Architects

John Cerone is a Principal who leads SHoP’s Virtual Design and Construction teams, including all technology visioning initiatives and the development of bespoke technology tools. John is recognized internationally as a leader in exploring the future uses of technology in design and construction. He currently represents SHoP at the Design Futures Council, as well as leading our work with Dassault Systèmes as part of a transdisciplinary group that includes Boeing and Tesla. His work at SHoP includes a lead role in developing the technologies behind the success of the Barclays Center and the VDC-driven delivery of the Botswana Innovation Hub.

Fabrice Servant

Fabrice Servant

Cities and Territories Industry Director, Dassault Systémes

With 20 years of software industry experience, Fabrice Servant serves as Strategic Sales Director for Construction, Cities and Territories at Dassault Systèmes.  In this role, Fabrice is leading customer projects and related R&D innovations worldwide, including the Virtual Singapore program, an alliance with government agencies to create multidimensional mapping of the world’s second most densely populated city-state and others.  With a team of leading technical experts at Dassault Systèmes, Fabrice’s work extends to smart cities project design and support covering building, infrastructure, utility and other domains.  Prior to his current role, Fabrice served in roles ranging from software developer to R&D director, with projects ranging from advanced modeling, to virtual training and therapeutic cognitive rehabilitation, which was recognized with the SIGGRAPH Emerging Technology Award.


November 18, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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