Tekla News for Building & Construction - Season's Greetings 2015

Looking forward to the new year

Tekla Global BIM Awards winner PTDC Logistics Center Looking back to 2015, our thoughts already turn into the future. This autumn, we hosted the AEC Hackathon, an event that in addition to offering cutting edge methodology for problem solving can give a glimpse to what the future of construction might be like. We set our eyes to a common future with ThyssenKrupp by forming a strategic partnership. In addition, the amazing winners of the Tekla Global BIM Awards were chosen – many are still under construction and we cannot wait to see these structures completed.

Happy holidays and a great new year 2016! Tekla News editors


The Top of Construction in 2015: Tekla Global BIM Awards

Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Midfield Terminal Building “I have seen that every year the level of the competition entries gradually becomes higher. It is not anymore only about modeling the most complex structures, but about great collaboration and innovative construction process,” commented Risto Räty, General Manager of Trimble Buildings Structures Division, after the judging session of the Tekla Global BIM Awards 2015.

The winners

AmagerbakkeThe best commercial project: The winner was 190,000 m² PTDC Logistics Center in Sipoo, Finland, by Freeway Consortium. The consortium was especially formed to collaborate on this project. In addition to modeling the structures, they used the models on site, monitored and managed the precast unit supply chain with the model and combined MEP and structural models.

Daytona risingThe best public project: Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Midfield Terminal Building by China State Constructions Engineering Corporation has 18 unique steel arches that span up to 180 meters. BIM reduced project length and increased productivity, and clash check with Tekla prevented problems on site.

Grandfather's bridgeThe best industrial project: The 85-meters tall Amager Bakke in Copenhagen, Denmark, is a modern waste-to-energy facility doubling as an 11-floor office – with a ski slope on the roof. MOE A/S used Tekla from the early concept creation to highly detailed design, and the software was utilized also for fabrication and erection planning. 

The best sports and recreational project: Daytona Rising in the USA was submitted by the contractor Barton Malow, and includes contribution from many subcontractors. The race track stayed operational during the upgrade. In addition to structural modeling, the team utilized open BIM to plan and manage layout and for project logistics and supply chain management.

Opera House at Downtown West DubaiThe best infrastructural project: Isoisänsilta (Grandfather’s bridge) by a project group with the same name is under construction. The team uses BIM data instead of printing documents for construction. Bidding requests were model-based, and all quantities have been extracted from the model.

The best small project: Mutant Trees by Apex Structural Design are eight 15-meter steel trees with a surface comprised of 500 triangular plates and supporting internal skeleton of tubes. The project started with the artist’s 3D model and Apex created the internal skeleton from the exterior surface.

Porvoo Oil Refinery Isomerization Unit Special recognition: At the Porvoo Oil Refinery Isomerization Unit A-Insinöörit used building information models and the digital assets of the existing structure and process equipment to design, plan and execute in a very tight schedule.

The winner of the public vote: For the beautiful Opera House at Downtown West Dubai, Eversendai Engineering LLC engineered, detailed, fabricated and installed the structural steel. The Tekla model provided information also for the acoustic engineering company.

The best student project: TongMyong University in South Korea submitted an integrated project model of an extensive building with complex geometry and multiple materials. They replicating an open BIM workflow, typically used for value engineering.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all who submitted their projects into Tekla BIM Awards!







AEC Hackathon - welcome to our house!

The first hackathons were events in which computer programmers and others involved in software and hardware development collaborated intensively on software projects for a limited time. Now the concept has evolved: Also industries such as construction are organizing hackathons in order to solve problems and find new viewpoints and inspiration with a fresh way of working.

The Tekla office in Espoo, Finland, recently housed an AEC hackathon with over 150 attendants; construction professionals, programmers and even game developers.  The participants formed professional teams who went to resolve current challenges.  The projects were related to many aspects of construction. For example, the User Experience category winner team Kitchenware developed a virtual reality application for kitchen remodeling and choosing materials while Lifelee worked on an application for monitoring indoor air quality inside buildings.

Senthil Kannan, who works at Tekla Global Helpdesk, participated in AEC Hackathon to enjoy the pleasure given by freedom of thinking and innovating a new product for the construction industry. 

“The event offers a playground for my professional skills,” he says and adds: “Also playing around the new devices and software solutions such as IndoorAtlas, Proximi.io, Thingsee or 720° was fun and virtual reality with BIM is wonderful.”

However, the event was not just about fun and games. Senthil Kannan’s team, PlaceBIM, created a system to assist building maintenance personnel in diagnosing faults in the building, and won the Thingsee Challenge for the best Internet of Things. According to him, especially the workshops offered an opportunity to learn about the new and upcoming trends in construction, such as virtual reality and the new generation of technology.

Learn more about the event

BIM for precast concrete: A study trip

In September, we at Tekla had the pleasure to host a group of precast concrete detailers and fabricators on a study trip. Our motivation was to provide an opportunity to learn from the others, face-to-face, about the effective precast process standardization, BIM, information technology and machine automation for driving productivity in fabrication and construction of precast concrete projects.

The group of about 20 precasters from around the world met at Tekla in Espoo, Finland, to start the study trip. During the next four days, the group visited Finland, Estonia and Germany, and had an opportunity to meet Tekla’s experts, certain precast industry pioneers, and partners such as Peikko, Elematic, Vollert, Arma+, LAP-laser and HMS. 

Together we visited some of the Europe’s leading precast fabricators and got to know their BIM strategies and processes. After hearing inside information about companies’ ways of using BIM, we also got to see how the information was used at the factories of E-Betoonelement, part of the Consolis group, and Max Bögl.

At the end of the four interesting days, everybody was tired, but happy and full of ideas to take home. Thanks to our guests and partners for making this happen.  

Tekla and ThyssenKrupp into a strategic partnership

ThyssenKrupp has chosen Tekla as a strategic partner based on a long-standing relationship between the two companies and will implement Tekla software across its businesses and subsidiaries on a global scale. The strategic partnership will allow for a more structured implementation of Tekla software solutions, more efficient software deployment, and it gives ThyssenKrupp a standardized platform for BIM software. Tekla will help ThyssenKrupp save in time and cost while improving overall quality and accuracy.

The partnership underlines the importance of constructible models for the industry, and it gives ThyssenKrupp a competitive advantage with Tekla BIM software as their chosen structural solution.

Celebrate in open BIM style

We are decorating our homes, offices and even cranes for the season, so why leave the models plain? The fellow Trimble company SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse offers an extensive range of decoration in IFC format and thus ready to make your Tekla Structures models ready for the festivities.

Just navigate to the 3D Warehouse, search for ”Xmas decoration” and download according to your own taste. Then insert the 3D model decoration as a reference model into your Tekla model. See Tekla User Assistance for detailed instructions.


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