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Speaking concretely: Boosting productivity with Tekla software

Improving the formwork planning process with Tekla software

Formwork preparation requires a lot of focus from detailers. Automation tools make the job a lot easier.

As formwork is the base of any construction process, detailers need to be very meticulous and consider many moving parts when making cost-efficient formwork plans. Using traditional methods for this is inefficient and inaccurate, which is why modern formwork specialists are turning to tools for automating drawings, quantity take-offs, reporting, information sharing and more.


Lack of automation decreases productivity

Without automation, the formwork planning process is heavy on repetitive manual tasks. And when formwork is manual, then formwork layouts are inconsistent. When these manual layouts are shared  among various detailers, it’s entirely possible that each will come back with their own “freestyle” layout that doesn’t work with the broader construction plan.

Another consequence of a lack of automation is decreased accuracy. When things are done manually, there is always a high risk of human error. 


Tekla Structures understands how concrete is poured

By using Tekla software, you will have a clearer visualization of the building and its surroundings at almost every stage of the construction process. With Tekla, you can speed up formwork planning by automating different processes and tasks. Contractors can save time, prevent mistakes and streamline formwork operations on site thanks to better visualization, coordination and communication than is possible with constructible formwork models. With Tekla you can get ready to pour your concrete without inconveniences. 


Ready tools and components to facilitate the detailing and planning process. 

With Tekla, you also can use interactive and automated tools to easily create realistic formwork models. By using the pour and concrete geometries in your model, you can identify the right formwork areas for planning. 

The software offers you a lot of flexibility, too. For example, you can use the components from our Warehouse, or create your own. You can also organize diverse formwork areas for your quantification. In this way, you will be able to play with different scenarios and costs according to your criteria. You can play around with the formwork mix and immediately see, for example, how much each floor is costing, and how the price will change if you decide to use different material. This brings greater accuracy and efficiency for concrete contractors, as they can plan and optimize their formwork operations, as well as manage related information more easily in order to successfully prepare to pour concrete on site.


All your deliverables from one 3D model

You can create formwork drawings – complete with annotations, dimensions and 3D visualizations – automatically from the model. Changes in the model also automatically update to all drawings and reports. You can create reports and export them to Excel with one click. 

You will get more precise cost estimations in less time when you automate the tedious work. You can also see improvements in productivity by having a better scheduling tool and by saving time spent on hazards that can occur on site if they were not identified during the planning process. 


The best part of the Tekla Structures software is that all information is connected. All your geometries related processes – such as quantity take offs, creating layouts and drawings – are tied together, which in practice means that you do not lose information. This in turn means a reduction in errors, duplicated work and re-work. 


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