CRH Chooses Tekla BIM Software After Thorough Evaluation

16 October 2012

CRH Structural Concrete Europe and Tekla have entered into a long-term strategic partnership: CRH chose Tekla building information modeling software to boost the productivity of their workflow. 

CRH has factories throughout Europe. The company is a special player in structural concrete business: they not only produce building materials and supplies but also ensure the design and engineering process. Before choosing Tekla with support service by Construsoft, CRH evaluated the software products on the European market. 

- ”CRH’s decision to move on to modeling is a major strategic choice which paves way for the European precast concrete industry. Tekla’s continuous work gets its reward now, and we do expect our partnership with CRH to strengthen our significance in the market. We now look forward to developing an even stronger product,” says Risto Räty, the Executive Vice President of Tekla. 

One of the advantages of the Tekla software is its capability to increase the construction workflow productivity. For example, it helps fabricators to deliver all types of precast concrete elements at the right time to the right place in the most efficient way. Also, the software integrates design and detailing with manufacturing and project management.

Tekla’s Open BIM approach made CRH’s decision easier

Tekla interfaces with production management systems (ERP) and automation machinery software and communicates with other applications. The software includes an open Application Programming Interface (API) which lets users to develop plug-in applications on Tekla platform and integrate these into their own environment.  

For CRH, this was a major advantage over other software providers. 
-"We are currently starting up our own expertise center where we will develop our own specific working methodology. The implementation of Tekla software in our factories throughout Europe will take place in phases,” says David Dupont, European CAD Software Manager at CRH.

As Tekla supports Open BIM™, the software enables collaboration as it can be integrated with various applications. In addition, the users can freely choose the other applications they wish to use. Precast concrete fabricators can communicate with contractors and coordinate their production with site operations with Tekla BIMsight, which is a free tool for construction collaboration. 

CRH Structural Concrete Europe operates in 19 countries, and among its factories are Ergon Belgium, Prefaco Houthalen + Lommel (Belgium), IB (France), Elements AG (Suisse), Ferrobeton (Hungary), Ergon Romania, Ergon Poland, Alvon-Heembeton (Netherlands), Calduran (Netherlands) and Schelfhout (Belgium) and Betonelement,Dalton and Expan (Denmark). 

For more information, please contact:
Risto Räty, Executive Vice President, Tekla Corporation
Tel. +358 40 544 4470, e-mail risto.raty(at)

David Dupont, European CAD Software Manager, CRH Structural Concrete NV
Tel. +32 478 32 40 34, e-mail

With its software, Tekla drives the evolution of digital information models and thus provides more and more competitive advantage to the construction, infrastructure and energy industries. The company was established in 1966, and today it has customers in 100 countries, offices in 15 countries, and a global partner network. Tekla became part of Trimble Group in 2011.

Construsoft (since 1995), is a developer and supplier of BIM (Building Information Modeling) software and in more than 30 countries, the local partner of Tekla. Our portfolio includes products and applications for design, management and implementation of accurate, detailed and data-rich 3D environment for building and construction industry.