Tekla News, Summer 2016

The power of shared information

Construction industry today is highly information-intensive and requires extensive information exchange. What’s more, this information needs to be accurate and up to date, and available where needed, be it in the construction site or fabrication facility. But just technology cannot make the information flow and plans turn into buildings – that’s where well-educated, skilled construction professionals need to know how to get most out of their information and tools and work together.
Nobody can build a house all by himself. Let’s collaborate this summer!

Tekla News editors

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Clark Pacific is not afraid to change the way they use technology

Senior Project Manager Martin Scheiber says it out loud. The productivity of construction really hasn’t improved in the last 50 years.

“We look at companies outside the construction industry for inspiration to boost our productivity. We’re not afraid to change the way we use technology if it produces better results,” he continues. 

Scheiber and his team guide Clark Pacific clients through the design phase, the fabrication process and into the field. Following standardized processes around Tekla, they coordinate between engineering, precast and rebar fabrication, procurement and project management. This results in better structures, built more quickly, with less impact to the site and reduced lifecycle costs for the owners.

Efficiency, productivity and quality with BIM

Clark Pacific used BIM to coordinate with other trades and generate drawings from the project model. But they believed they could further improve their productivity and ROI with Tekla and realized they could utilize information in accurate Tekla models much more extensively. Today, Clark Pacific uses Tekla BIM software to improve sales and estimating, design development, project management, supply chain management, and field planning and execution.

Winning bids with accurate estimation

Clark Pacific uses Tekla to provide accurate bids and win business. They start by creating a massing model of the project, which breaks up the building into its precast components. Then they run a series of reports, which feed into Excel directly. The estimators compile these into summary reports and applied realistic costs.

“Tekla Structures enables us to quickly put together a conceptual model of a building, which allows us to visually show the advantages of our system over the competition and prove to prospects that we will provide a solution that meets the needs,” says Scheiber.

Speed and accuracy

“Some of our reports may look like they would be complicated to create, but we can generate a custom report on the fly, in a matter of minutes,” Scheiber explains. Visual reports from the model are much more useful than a long list of items, and make it easy to understand relevant information and keep the project moving.

Tekla erection animations help the crew understand what they need to accomplish. It increases on- the-job safety because everyone knows the plan. All documents always match the latest version of the model.

At Oostingh Staalbouw, information is always up-to-date

Oostingh Staalbouw Katwijk is a Dutch steel construction company with a history in complex projects. Their projects are commercial and industrial constructions, including power plants, stadiums and terminals. The company’s leading edge comes from efficient project management.

Project managers supervise and actively think with their customers while directing the project through cost estimation, engineering, production, surface treatment and erection.

When Oostingh Staalbouw Katwijk needed a quality tool to keep every part of each project up-to-date and that would benefit both the project management and the business, they found such Tekla Model Sharing.

Visible effects on business

According to Arjan van Dijk, Oostingh Staalbouw Katwijk’s Manager of Operations, the major benefit from Tekla Model Sharing is easy to point out. “With Model Sharing, your work is always up-to-date.” “Ease of use is also a definite benefit,” he continues.

Does Model Sharing help Oostingh Staalbouw Katwijk to stay ahead of competition? “Yes,” says van Dijk. “The tool gives us unlimited modelling capacity. And the model is always up-to-date so everyone knows what is happening.”

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PERI components now available in Tekla Warehouse

PERI, one of the world’s biggest providers and manufacturers of formwork and scaffolding systems, has published intelligent, as-build 3D components of two of their most popular formwork systems in Tekla Warehouse, Tekla Structures BIM storage online.

PERI and Trimble, two technology leading concrete project solutions providers join together to show leadership in the global concrete industry. Contractors who plan and pour concrete and use Tekla Structures to model and manage constructible information for their projects can now download accurate PERI SKYDECK and TRIO components directly into their projects from Tekla Warehouse.

PERI’s components easily on hand in Tekla Warehouse and thus also in Tekla Structures empower the customers of both companies to enjoy operational efficiencies and the competitive advantage arising from evolving technology. This helps customers to move on to more accurate, efficient building information modelling and increase productivity.

PERI components in Tekla Warehouse

Trimble and the University of Cambridge collaborate in engineering and construction technology research

Trimble’s new Sponsorship Program and collaboration with the Construction Information Technology (CIT) Laboratory at the University of Cambridge supports the advancement of engineering and construction technology.

Cambridge’s CIT is a state-of-the-art research facility with a mission to solve complex engineering problems and automate difficult construction tasks through decision support tools.

Cutting-edge research in construction information technology

Construction industry today is highly information-intensive and requires extensive data and information exchange. Engineering and construction companies need to adopt new forms of information technology to improve productivity, scheduling, quality and costs of their projects.

Trimble’s Sponsorship Program is an important avenue in supporting research on advanced, accessible and intuitive technologies that can drive increased collaboration for the Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of buildings and infrastructure.

“This exciting relationship with Trimble will enable us to work together to push forward our agenda to develop new, transformative tools and technologies to deliver a much safer and more productive construction industry and help build the infrastructure on which the well-being of society depends,” states professor Campbell Middleton, head of the Laing O’Rourke Centre at the University of Cambridge.

Welcome to Trimble European BIM Forum 2016  

The Trimble European BIM Forum 2016 takes place on September 22-23 in Warsaw, Poland. Insightful presentations, discussions and networking will create an event where construction industry stakeholders can move forward with digitalization. The forum pays special attention to three themes touching construction industry and its digital development: processes, technology and people.

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