Tekla News - Spring 2017
New software versions, new projects
This issue of Tekla News introduces some projects, companies and tools that focus heavily on advanced technologies and sophisticated processes. It is time to meet the Tekla Global BIM Awards winner GA, Zenith Steel who takes East African structural steel fabrication to the age of automation, and Midland Steel, an expert in building virtual constructible models before going on-site. And there are some interesting applications, too.
Happy spring! Tekla News Editors
In this issue:
- Heaps of improvements: Three new software versions
- Thales Campus: GA’s Winning BIM Project
- Zenith Steel: Leading East and Central Africa to automated structural steel fabrication
- Midland Steel Reinforcement Supplies finds new efficiency
- Chameleon voted as the Best Tekla Structures application
Tekla Structures 2017
The new version welcomes advanced collaboration and efficiency through user interface enhancements, more productive modeling and design communication. Tekla Structures 2017 includes a customizable user interface, contextual toolbar and enhancements that make modeling quicker and easier and design communication more effective, while new links improve interoperability.
The version offers more control to direct modification, organizer is faster and general arrangement and detailed drawings functionalities have been improved. The user interface now has a customizable ribbon and contextual toolbar that can be implemented to all users in your company.
Tekla Structural Designer 2017
The new version of the analysis and design solution for structural engineers includes numerous enhancements. It makes foundation design more efficient and wind loading has been improved, and there are many other improvements for designing steel and concrete structures. For example, the new tools now allow easy application of horizontal and wind loading, helping engineers assess the lateral strength requirements of their structure. Tekla Structural Designer also provides new tools for the design of concrete slabs and expands foundation design capabilities.
Tekla Tedds 2017
Proven to improve engineering productivity and quality, Tekla Tedds automates repetitive and error prone structural and civil calculations. When integrated with Microsoft Word, the new version now gives engineers control to quickly create and customize calculations. It also includes a large number of new calculations and enhancements to existing calculations across Eurocode, British Standards, US, Australia and Canadian codes.
The French GA Group won the Tekla Global BIM Awards in 2016 for their work on the Thales Campus project in Bordeaux, France. The project includes six buildings with total 60,000 square meters of space for about 2,500 employees.
GA’s highly developed industrial process guarantees quality and delivery according to agreements both in terms of schedules and pricing. The company researches and develops solutions that perform well in terms of technology, energy consumption and environmental impact.
Easier communication and great quality
GA wanted to connect different companies working on the project around a combined model. The FullBIM® approach ensures active collaboration of the participants, who have updated, real-time project information available. Constructible models enable accurate estimations, automated material quantification and efficient project management, and ensure just-in-time deliveries to the jobsite.The models offered information for fabrication in GA’s factories. The team included planning information, such as release dates for production and factory assignments, to each component. On site, materials management, shoring and crane locations etc. were part of GA’s BIM concept, as are workshop equipment usage and programming of rebar bending machines.
Although the models have been much used during design, detailing and construction of Thales Campus, that’s not all. After the completion of construction, the models will benefit maintenance of the buildings.
Zenith Steel is a technology forerunner in East and Central Africa with their fully automated steel fabrication line.
“We wanted to change with technology,” explains Raheem Biviji, Managing Director of Zenith Steel Fabricators Ltd. “Most of the large companies use Tekla Structures. So that’s what we wanted too.”
To stay on the frontline with technology, Zenith Steel chose Tekla Structures and a fully automated line from FICEP along with the steel fabrication software Steel Projects PLM. This trio allows achieving a notable productivity increase and improved accuracy.
With this combination, the company can now benefit from Tekla model information in the optimal way throughout the whole fabrication workflow. Tekla model data exports directly to Steel Projects PLM and automatic nesting information replaces manual nesting before passing the information to FICEP equipment, resulting in better accuracy and overall usage of raw material. Fewer trial assemblies are needed on site as everything fits. “This brings huge savings as you can be sure that no time is wasted,” says Biviji.
“The world leading technologies in our automated fabrication facility mean the best quality and project schedules for our clients. This, essentially, is a great advantage over our competitors. Seamless flow of information from design, fabrication and erection means that all departments work as one team. This means that more work can be done much faster,” says Raheem Biviji.
Read the entire interview to learn how bumps along the road are turning into strengths for this African pioneer
Midland Steel is the fastest growing reinforcing steel fabricator in the UK and Ireland, and an expert in building virtual constructible models before going on-site. They benefit from Tekla software because it enables accurate, constructible models, visualizes large quantities of material, and produces accurate schedules and drawings from the model.
“With Tekla Structures, we are able to help contractors make cost savings. Tekla Structures provides a full package: beginning with a model, rebar detailing and a collaborative discussion with the contractor, and through to the delivery sequence, and finally to the elements delivered on site,” says Tony Woods, Managing Director at Midland Steel. “The investment in the software is recognized the minute you start working with it, as you can instantly start reducing costs and time on projects. The software is fantastic and we’re using it because we believe it is the best in the market.”
Using the 3D Tekla model effectively, Midland Steel has reduced formwork labor costs by 20% and costs overall by 25%. The foremen can move around the site with an iPad and be significantly more productive. “Using Tekla 3D imagery, internal scheduling and fabrication, and dropping prefab rebar elements on the site has improved overall efficiency on site by approximately 50-60%,” says Tony Woods.
Tekla Structures users can produce their own applications when they feel they want something more than is already available. With Tekla Open API™ (Application Programming Interface), these applications can integrate and communicate within the Tekla modeling environment.
In the Tekla Open API competition, Tekla Structures applications created by users and developers compete against each other. The winner of the most recent competition is Chris Carasone with his tool Chameleon. The purpose of Chameleon is to change a single user-defined attribute (UDA).