Tekla News, Spring 2016
Delivering results of evolution
This spring has a fresh start. Tekla, as a company, is now called Trimble, but what stays is our will develop our solutions and work together with our equally development-oriented customers. One recent result of this work is the new Tekla Structures 2016: Looks fresh, doesn’t it?
- Tekla Structures 2016: easier modeling, easier learning
- Tekla Structural Designer 2016: enhanced collaboration
- Tekla Tedds 2016: new options and more flexibility
- How to keep models always up-to-date?
- Cpanel transforms Thailand’s precast industry with BIM and automation
- Forecasting 2025
Tekla Structures 2016 has a new user interface which, in addition to looking contemporary and clean, makes modeling easier and faster. There are many efficiency improvements: for example, you can start modeling by choosing a model from the list of recent models, and continue by creating your own custom tab. The icons are modern and recognizable, and you can easily spot what you need.
One always needs a little time to get used to a new user interface. To make this transition easier, two things in Tekla Structures have remained essentially the same: Keyboard shortcuts and command names.
The new version also brings a unique improvement in to handling reference information from other projects: When a Tekla Structures user receives an IFC model, he can see what changes the other project parties have made to it. Reference handling and collaboration are easier, preventing design and detailing errors.
Tekla product development worked has listened to the wishes of the customers. For example creating and editing drawings is now easier, more flexible and reliable, and 2D library offers ready-made details such as bolts—you can just pick details instead of drawing these. In addition, Tekla Structures 2016 leverages informed, easier cast in place concrete construction and smooth collaboration for structural engineers, and offers powerful tools and features for precast concrete and steel fabricators.
Tekla Structural Designer 2016, the tool for analyzing and designing buildings efficiently, features major performance enhancements in both modeling and processing time. The solution can now easily handle even larger and more demanding models.
The new release has plenty of modelling enhancements, and it introduces steel and concrete design to Indian codes. It allows you to design buildings in higher classified earthquake regions with the addition of seismic design and detailing checks to US codes of practice. Designing pad and strip foundations to a range of international codes all within the same model environment is now possible.
With its IFC compatibility, Tekla Structural Designer 2016 joins open BIM workflows, so the users can share and review designs with other project disciplines even at a very early stage of the project.
The new version of Tekla Tedds, the solution for automating repetitive structural calculations, now has more features – many of these requested by users. The new version brings more choice and flexibility to the analysis and design of steel and concrete beams, retaining walls and foundations, to both the US building codes and Eurocodes. The comprehensive calculations make work easy and fast and help to avoid human errors when working with load combinations.
Oostingh Staalbouw Katwijk is a Dutch steel construction company with 65 years of experience in commercial and industrial constructions, including power plants, stadiums and terminals. Their project-oriented organization designs, manufactures, coats and erects steel structures, with a leading edge coming from efficient project management.
“As we have all the facts and disciplines in-house we are able to guarantee short lead times,” says Kees Oudshoorn, Lead Engineer. “In addition, we support our contractors with all the experience we have with the building of complex steel structures.”
When they needed a quality tool to keep every part of each project up-to-date, the company found Tekla Model Sharing.
Oostingh Staalbouw Katwijk uses the Tekla model as the single source of information at core of their BIM initiative. Each user must be able to access the latest model and the tools to collaborate. With Tekla Model Sharing, all project team members can easily work on the Tekla Structures model in different roles. Work can be done in parallel and at different times. The access to the shared model is reliable, regardless of the local Internet conditions, and the model data is stored safe and transferred encrypted.
“With Model Sharing we have the infinite capacity only one mouse click away,” says Oudshoorn. The company also benefits from the easiness of selecting a partner or sending an invitation by e-mail to keeping control of results and ability to monitor the modelling process.
CPanel Company Limited is one of the largest precast concrete manufacturers in Thailand with an annual turnover of US$11 million, production capacity of 860,000 sq m a year and almost 300 employees. The company owns and operates the first fully automated and fully integrated precast factory in Asia.
“The use of modern technology such as Tekla software has resulted in 90% more efficient operations, and the reduction in total construction time by 60%, compared to the more conventional method we used to employ. Our time to precast has been reduced from thirty days to only seven,” says Mr. Chakrit Theepakornsukkasame, Managing Director of Cpanel.
CPanel utilizes a localized Tekla Structures environment with rules and regulations and enjoys the simplicity that working with one software solution offers, plus the add-ons that improve their processes.
“In addition, Tekla is an open software, it is designed to communicate to other industry software solutions. In our factory we run production with automated systems from AWM and Vollert. From Tekla we are able to transfer fabrication data to CAM software from Unitechnik, which we use to control fabrication, and to our ERP software, SAP. Thus Tekla is flexible and capable of enabling us to automate and integrate our factory,“ says Mr. Chakrit.
If you want to predict the near future, look no further than today’s trends and ideas and build on them. For the construction industry, the year 2025 appears pretty cool: We see more prefabrication, more software, and connected tools and drones and hardhat cameras used for monitoring and also better quality. At the design office, data transfers directly from the design office to fabrication machinery.
Engineers and detailers work hard to produce accurate, constructible models for automated fabrication and construction. Several reference models create together the big picture of the project. Open standards and connecting tools are necessary. Less planning, scheduling and problem solving take place on the site, more at the office.
The development of Tekla software and the entire construction industry goes on strong–we live in interesting times.