Tekla News for Building & Construction, Autumn 2015

How to keep fit?

If you want to truly make the most of your projects and your business, your skills and tools need to be in top condition. They need care. For Tekla Structures, Maintenance packages what you need: Tekla User Assistance and helpdesk for learning and troubleshooting, new software versions, and Tekla Warehouse for all add-ons you may want to utilize.

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Tekla Structures 21.1 released

The new release with improvements has been published, and it includes improvements in, for example, numbering as the software no longer allocates same numbers to different objects and gives warning of series overlaps. New extensions include Rebar Coupler and Anchor Tools and there is a new option for showing welds in model views. Tekla Structures 21.1 also presents pour object geometry in general arrangement drawings as modeled.

Customers in Maintenance can download the release now

Thinking big: Tekla Model Sharing makes dream lifestyle possible

Two American engineering colleagues, Daniella Castro and Alyssa Schorer have achieved an efficient way to run their business, DNA Detailing & BIM, LLC, and gained freedom to create their own schedules.Tekla Model Sharing, DNA Detailing & BIM

Castro and Schorer have taken a leap from sitting behind the computer at the office to a more flexible, more productive way of working. Not only can they choose their own location freely, but they also can work on projects located on the other side of the US, several time zones away. This opens up more business opportunities for their small detailing and building information modeling business.

The service that allows them to model in Hawaii, California or maybe Mexico even without a high speed internet connection is Tekla Model Sharing.

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A new version of Tekla Structural Designer

Tekla Structural Designer is a software that enables structural engineers to analyze and design steel and concrete buildings efficiently and profitably by combining analysis and design into a single, seamless process.

Enhancements in the new release include expanded seismic analysis and design features that automate accidental torsional effects and the required seismic design combinations, allowing the engineers to use one product all the way through to code-compliant design. Other time saving features include the automation of tedious tasks such as wind loading calculations, floor vibration checks and floor loading. In addition, an expanded beam design options and integration with cellular beam provider are offered.

“This new release is a significant update as it further automates structural analysis and design to save time, allowing engineers to gain complete confidence in their design decisions,” says Barry Chapman, Director of Engineering at Tekla. “As engineers ourselves, we understand the competitive advantage that results from productivity and collaboration and we are committed to bringing engineers a tool that makes that possible.”

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Cyber threats and construction

As Qatar won the World Cup 2022 bid, it immediately raised its profile into a global focus. Construction week online interviewed Mohammad Hammoudi, General Manager of Cisco Qatar, and representatives from Trimble and Tekla about cybercrime in construction.

According to Hammoudi, building plan, specifications and construction data are most vulnerable to cyberattacks. Ville Rousu, Trimble’s Director of Engineering, Design Build Operate Platform notes that while hacking has not yet been recorded in BIM or similar construction/building-based software, in general cyber terror is increasing with worrying speed.

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Welcome to AEC Hackathon

Tekla will be hosting AEC Hackathon 2.7 on November 6-8, 2015 in Finland.

The AEC Hackathon was created to give those designing, building, and maintaining our built environment the opportunity to collaborate with cutting edge technologies and its developers and designers. Hackathons’ origins are in IT, but now the intense, goal-driven teamwork is used in  AEC. The  community of innovators  brings in all elements of the built environment.

Because AEC Hackathon is part of Slush Hacks, the winning team will get to pitch their idea at Slush, the focal point of 15,000 tech entrepreneurs, VCs and journalists, and compete for the grand prize of 20,000 euros.

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Further streamlining calculations for structural engineers

Tekla Tedds 2015 is a powerful software that enables structural engineers to automate repetitive civil and structural calculations. The September release includes several new features that further automate and reduce calculation time so that engineers can achieve efficient designs more quickly.

Engineers can now analyze and design concrete beams and masonry bearings to Eurocode as well as steel beams to AISC standards even better. Eurocode are the harmonized technical rules for structural design in the European Union and AICS standards are set by the American Institute of Steel Construction.

Using Tekla Tedds, structural engineers can access a fully automated library of civil and structural calculations to Australian, Canadian and US codes, British Standards and Eurocode. Because the calculations are fully transparent, they strengthen confidence in design results and help engineers create professional and consistent project documents, including notes and sketches. For additional flexibility, engineers can write, store and distribute custom calculations.

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Tekla Warehouse: What is in the new kind of BIM storage?

Tekla Warehouse is a free online Building Information Modeling (BIM) storage. It includes what is needed for modeling a building project with Tekla Structures: custom components, parts, profiles, materials like steel and concrete grades, rebars, meshes, shapes, applications and templates. Some of these are only available for customers in Maintenance. The 3D items listed in Tekla Warehouse have all the relevant, up-to-date product information for construction - not just geometry. And they are easily available.

“Structural engineers and detailers who work on construction projects may use components, materials and parts from 50 companies, and normally to get a model part, they must visit each company’s webpage. In Tekla Warehouse, we can publish all components in one place where our customers will conveniently find what they need, and these components stay updated since we have control over them,” explains Richard Morsink, Managing Director of HALFEN b.v., a construction product manufacturing company with offering in Tekla Warehouse.

Although Tekla Warehouse is a new service, companies such as Hilti, Peikko and HALFEN share their products there. Any fabricated part or profile for building can have its 3D model in the service.

Constructable Tekla Structures models have accurate, up-to-date material information and manufacturer’s components can be added directly into the models

The construction supply chain has been almost completely contractor-driven. Procurement has been error-prone, and comparing suppliers hard. If planning is based on documentation, it may lag behind the actual products that are available and changing continuously. A product specified by the designers may not be available or similar to the real product once it arrives. Design decisions could escalate to construction and possibly cause a lot of waste as new, more suitable parts are ordered.

The warehouse advantage: better schedules and stronger supply chains

Using 3D parts from Warehouse maximize models’ accuracy. They are fully constructable and have up to date material information.

Tekla Warehouse keeps accurate, up-to-date records on the products of the suppliers. "Warehouse components are real," says Richard Morsink, Managing Director of HALFEN b.v. "They include lots of information and can be added directly into the Tekla Structures models."

From the user's point of view, Tekla Warehouse is different to other data storages in that it is not a separate tool. It has been seamlessly integrated with Tekla Structures to make access and sharing information between users very easy.

Find Tekla Warehouse at warehouse.tekla.com


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