Welcome to Sochi 2014!

The best winter Olympians gather in Sochi during February 2014. Where winners gather, you will find Tekla.  We want you to be a winner!

Thanks to all who entered the Tekla competition.  The top ten winners below receive a prize!  Please take a few minutes and review the information on the projects featured on this page.

Top 10 leaderboard - Russia won with 33 medals

Ribut Sugiharto
Petra Princová
Bonne Stienstra
Robert Graham
Filippi Gaia
Alexey Davydov
rick butler
sašo šonc
Mitar Davidovic

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Under a beautiful, challenging steel roof: Sochi Olympic stadium

Olympic stadiums are awe-inspiring not only for athletes, but also for builders: The structures are huge and complex, and possible flaws or delays are broadcasted to billions of sports enthusiasts around the world.

On 6 February, the eyes are set to Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia, hosting the opening ceremony of the 22nd Winter Olympics. The 40,000 seat stadium is inspired by Faberge Easter eggs, with a distinctive steel roof and wall structure that Mostproekt created. The company used Tekla for 3D Building Information Modeling.

The stadium’s smooth, organic shapes mean complex nodes between the beams. The team noticed that the size of nodes was not suitable for transportation, but with the model they found alternative solutions with more transportable dimensions.

Due to the complexity of design and tight schedule of the roof, the structures were produced in several factories. Mostproekt utilized fabrication information in the models at all stages of construction. The steel fabricator Kurgantalmost that works closely with Mostproekt used a Trimble robotic total station together with the model for verifying the design, and utilized the information in fabrication.

-“We used Tekla Structures in all fabrication facilities, which substantially reduced time for approval of changes and coordination plants,” says Oleg Moiseev, General Manager of Mostproekt. He continues: “Turnaround times were very short. Without the Tekla software, it would have be difficult to respond to all changes in the design of the stadium.”

Read the story of the stadium 



Find your favorite winter sport and venue  

The sport: Ski jump

Holmenkollen Ski Jump  

By COWI AB, Sweden, and Lecor Stålteknik AB, Norway

The Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo, Norway, has been giving Ski World Cup level bounce to daredevils since 2010. The gravity-defying structure made of 25,000 pieces rises about 60 meters from the ground. In addition to the tight schedule, the requirement of absolute correctness of the unique and exceptional steel structure was the decisive factors when COWI and Lecor chose 3D modeling with Tekla Structures. 

 The beam profiles are twisted and tilted and the connections far from orthogonal, so every knot is unique. Great emphasis was put on delivering a geometrically perfect base when the slightest deviation would have had major implications for the assembly, given the tight time schedule. To have an advance view to the assembly process, the companies simulated the erection phase with Tekla.



The sport: Skiing and snowboarding 

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai brings winter sports there where the natural environment is most hostile to the activity – a country with piping-hot climate and loads of sand. It is located inside the Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, the UAE, and offers a 3000 square meter indoor snow setting for skiing, snowboarding, and tobogganing. 

The highest point of Ski Dubai towers to 85 meters above the main highway, and the snowdome has a diameter of more than 200 meters. As the runs make a 60 degree curve, you can enjoy 400 meters of downhill with a vertical drop of more than 60 meters. For snowboarders there is a 90-meter quarterpipe and the largest indoor snow park in the world. Naturally the park also houses a Swiss-style chalet café. Fondue, anyone?

The company who detailed and modeled the complex snowdome was Tiger Steel. They chose Tekla Structures for it, enjoying improved communication, workflow free form major problems and 100% accuracy. The company was happy with saving time, costs and avoiding practically all errors.

Read more about Ski Dubai



The sport: Ice skating and ice hockey

Gap skating rink  

In Gap, in the French Alps, the old skating rink needed renovation on the condition of keeping the existing 70s timber structures erected. And as the only risk that skaters meet should be falling, the structures were now strengthened to meet the current norms on surviving seismic activity. 

What makes an everyday renovation job a demanding performance is the complexity: Patrick Millet Engineering had to consider the existing timber trusses that were to be saved, property boundaries and even environmental constraints like the effect of the nearby Alpine stream. The structure is now a composition of timber, steel and concrete of which the latter stabilizes the building. Patrick Millet Engineering designed and detailed the timber and steel structures and also the cladding and facade with Tekla.

Read more about Patinoire du Gap