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Sinter Plant, Odisha

Larsen & Toubro Ltd. chose to used Tekla’s BIM software for modelling and detail drawing preparation for the 496 square meters Sinter Plant unit in Odisha. The Sinter Storage Building, a complicated Reinforced Cement Concrete technological building housing a large amount of process equipment including belt conveyors, vibratory feeders, rack-pinion gates, hoists and stone box  arrangement made of 1800 Metric ton structural steel.


It is simpler to discuss the real time problem in advance if we have the 3D model in true scale in front of us. This is as good as viewing the original constructed building in advance. It makes sense that we should know exactly how things like embedded steel member and anchor bolts fit with the rebar even before the construction phase
Indranil Roy, Vice President, Larsen & Toubro Limited.


The Sinter Storage Building is a massive RCC building with an RCC raft foundation. This building consists of 11 bays, each bay having the ability to hold 760 cubic meters of sinter having a density of 1.8 MT/ cubic meters. Every bay accommodates one structural steel, stone box structure with bolted construction which restricts the free fall height of sinter and thereby helps sinter quality to remain unchanged. Above the foundation level, the elevated building is supported by 24 freestanding columns of which each carries a 1900 MT combined load.

We also shared the Tekla 3D model with the field project manager and construction personnel, so they could have an accurate idea of the structure and good reference for their work. The operations personnel are using this information to plan concrete pours
Arun Kr Verma, Chief Engineering Manager (Civil & Structural), Engineering Design & Research Centre, Larsen & Toubro Limited.


Larsen & Toubro Ltd, did the entire rebar detailing, including conflict check, effectively by using Tekla software. Junction locations of the foundation raft, columns and at upper levels of the bottom slab, side walls, roof, slab and integration of the side walls with beams and column projection all along the height have massive rebar arrangements with lots of interfaces from each component rebar. Many structural steel insert plates had been fixed all along the Sinter Storage building at the soffits and the insides of hopper slabs and at the side walls and beams. The interface check for all these inserts became a herculean task for the design engineers. A team of two design engineers, one designer and two modelers tackled the challenge by modelling with Tekla software for approximately 2500 man-hours. The entire accurate and constructable 3D model of this unit, integrated with rebar arrangement, equipment, piping, cable trays and access routes, all needed details. The potentially huge task of checking the interface of various components to avoid clashes was actually smooth with Tekla’s 3D modelling software and\ was done in much less time than it would have been without Tekla – and with full accuracy. The software helped manage the large file size smoothly while the team worked on the model.


Tekla software allowed the team to create 3D models from the STAAD design model with complete integration of all the components of the building, including insert plates, hand rails, pipe sleeves, foundation bolts, rebar, edge angles, stairs, cable tray, ventilation duct, floor profiles and opening details. This helped to detect headroom clearance and conflicts in integration of the components in advance and Larsen & Toubro could immediately rectify these to avoid rework at the site. It helped them in terms of saving time, change management and extraction of reports. 

With a 3D model, everyone could understand more easily what to do at the times of planning and execution on site. With the help of Tekla software, bill of quantity with bar bending schedule was generated effectively without mistakes and released for construction. Also the conflicts of rebar at congested locations were identified clearly and modified immediately with the software. This led to a considerable amount of subtraction of rework which would have otherwise been necessitated on the site. This software also allowed the team to generate the bar bending schedule for the entire R.C.C. structure with full clarity and accuracy and in a nice tabular form which the company’s workers could understand easily during construction. The bar bending schedule preparation, which normally is a difficult and time consuming process almost took no additional time as in the previous case involving a 2D platform.

Project participants

Mr. Indranil Roy, Vice President, Larsen & Toubro Ltd.
Mr Barundev Lahiri, General Manager, Larsen & Toubro Ltd.

Mr. Arun Kr Verma. Chief Engineering Manager
(Civil & Structural)
Mr. ShambhuMallick, Manager (Civil)
Mr. S K Maidul Ali. Assistant Engineering Manager.
Ms. Disha Bhadhuri, Engineer
Mr. Swapan Bera, Technical Assistant
Mr. Saikat Kumar Betal ( Engineer)

About Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T)

Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) is India's largest engineering and construction conglomerate with additional interests in electricals, electronics and IT. A strong customer-focus approach and constant quest for top-class quality have enabled L&T to attain and sustain leadership over 6 decades.

EDRC provides a broad spectrum of Engineering, Design and Consultancy services, ranging from concept to commissioning of all types of projects: Buildings and Housing, Sports Complexes, Bio-tech Parks, Exhibition Centers, Cement Plants and Factories, Airports, Hydro Power Plants, Nuclear Power Plants, Infrastructure, Hydrocarbon, Power, Water and Effluent Treatment Plants, Water Supply Schemes, Metallurgical and Industrial Projects, Bulk Material Handling, Industrial Electrical Systems and Sub-stations, Telecommunication, Control and Instrumentation Projects and High Voltage Transmission lines.