Tekla News, Spring 2018
Welcome to the season of cool new things! Take a look to three new Tekla software versions, then pop into the very new Tekla Developer Center for even easier customization of software and see how Dimension Fabricators has benefited from introducing 3D rebar modeling. In addition, it’s a great time to look back to the winter sports season.
We wish you a very nice spring! Tekla News editors
In this issue:
- Tekla software versions 2018 are here
- Welcome to the new Tekla Developer Center
- The Olympic Gangneung Ice Arena: Sport is beautiful
- Trimble is committed to compliance with the GDPR
- Faster, accurate modeling of rebar structures: The Dimension Fabricators way
The newly published Tekla software versions have arrived, offering faster 3D modeling process, better drawing production and more control over changes.
Tekla Structures 2018 brings along faster 3D modeling processes, more precise detailing and improved control over changes and reviewing and adding drawing content has become quicker and easier. Workflow from design and analysis to detailing and fabrication is smoother than before, regardless of structural material.
Tekla Structural Designer 2018 offers features and enhancements focused on structural design workflow productivity. Improved analysis options for both concrete and steel offer greater control and faster analysis.
Tekla Tedds 2018 introduces a variety of new calculations that improve productivity for civil and structural engineers. The code compliant calculations in the library are visible for easy review and validation.
We have just opened Tekla Developer Center, the new one-stop-hub for all Tekla Open API content. With Tekla Open API, you can customize Tekla Structures functionalities to fit your projects perfectly by integrating 3rd party applications to the Tekla Structures modeling environment.
If you are looking for API references, programming guides, exercises or code examples, Tekla Developer Center is your go-to place. In addition, the community helps figure out solutions to tricky questions and shares best practices as well as enables contributing to open source projects and reporting bugs.
The Olympic Gangneung Ice Arena, the venue for figure skating and short track in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, showcases optimizing the design and construction process of the complex steel structure. During the project, the team at Dongbu Steel enjoyed the advantages of improved transparency and efficiency as well as accurate 3D data, thus avoiding errors throughout the entire process.
Result: two underground levels and four stories above ground, gross area of 32,424 square meters and 12,000 seats, and an exterior that has been described as a combination of the beauty of figure skating and the dynamics of short track.
The roof of the arena gets its form from complicated steel pipe trusses, fabricated and constructed by Dongbu Steel. They chose Tekla Structures for modeling complex joints up to fabrication-ready LOD 400.
“Tekla Structures makes it possible to review meticulously prior to steel fabrication and construction based on rich information,” says Byoung-ho Doh, Senior Manager at Dongbu Steel. “We are planning for construction simulation in the scheduled future project by utilizing Trimble’s excellent technology.”
The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union (EU) will be effective on May 25th 2018. GDPR applies to all who process personal data of European citizens, no matter from which country the business is originated, and also if personal data is moved outside the EU.
As Trimble is a global company, more or less all of our businesses are touched by GDPR. We take the privacy of our customers, their customers and end-users seriously, so we started preparations for GDPR compliance already in 2016.
To demonstrate our compliance with the GDPR and to promote best practices in both data privacy and information security, we document and regularly review all the processing of personal data. We design and develop our software and services such as Tekla User Assistance or Downloads so that controlling personal data is as easy and transparent as possible for the end users. In addition, we adhere to the best practices and proven standards in information security and the secure processing of personal data.
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For Dimension Fabricators, moving from 2D to 3D was a breeze with Tekla Structures. Introducing the software has minimized costly surprises and rework, as well as allowed the team to visualize steel components.
According to Dan Stevens, the company’s Assembled Products Manager, Dimension Fabricators have saved thousands of dollars and plenty of time after moving from 2D to 3D.
“The company I worked for previously used Tekla Structures to model concrete with great results, so I was familiar with what it could do,” he says. “I thought, if we can deliver on projects and provide 3D models of rebar as an additional product to our customers, we’re killing two birds with one stone. Tekla Structures would not only speed up the detailing process, but also result in a better product for our customers.”
Tekla Structures has also paid off in productivity gains and accuracy by streamlining project management and improving the flow of information between detailers and fabricators.