Terssac, February 2020 – KP1 Group, French leader of precast building systems and Trimble Solutions France, provider of Tekla Structures software and other construction solutions, have signed a strategic partnership agreement.
In order to optimize and rationalize the process of its 39 sites, 21 production plants all over France, KP1 Group has redefined and sped up the use of new BIM (Building Information Modeling) technologies. KP1 investigated model-based solutions that would integrate into KP1’s production strategy in a flexible way. Trimble softwares Tekla Structures and Trimble Connect cover the whole design and detailing process for the beam-column building types but also structures including double walls.
KP1 can now integrate the Trimble BIM solutions into their overall production process; from modeling the design to the fabrication data (CAD/CAM) for automation as well as information for purchasing and invoicing.
Trimble solutions and tools are responsive to the needs of the whole precast concrete industry for the detailing of complete precast systems such as concrete elements and their openings, reinforcement, and embeds like lifting and propping systems. The BIM solution is integrated with fabrication and observes site and plant constraints such as production tables maximum dimensions or crane lift capacity on site.
“As a software developer for construction, it is a privilege to work in close collaboration with KP1, one of the leading specialists in precast concrete construction in France. This partnership with KP1 allows us to better understand the needs and challenges the industry faces. It is inspiring to be able to understand and clearly see the implications of the new technologies and BIM in the precast concrete industry”, says Jean-Yves Vétil, Manager at Trimble Solutions France.
“The digital model is now the exchange medium between the various specialized software used in engineering offices, by architects and economists. We can now produce digital models for pre-engineering and all general arrangement, mass and detail drawings from the model. We are happy to carry on with our software developments in order to produce systematic digital models associated with the full range of our products with all the information. We are pleased to have signed this unique partnership agreement with Trimble, it is a major step in our strategy to develop our technical expertise” adds Charles-Emmanuel Lamy, Technical Director, Development and BIM strategy at KP1.
KP1, the French leader in prefabricated building systems, designs and builds innovative and efficient solutions based on pre-stressed concrete, polystyrene, or composite materials: pre-slabs, floor beams, infiller blocks, hollow-core slabs, double walls, etc. The group employs more than 1700 talents, committed to streamlining construction sites, to any kind of buildings (individual housing, collective housing, industrial and commercial buildings) in a compliant, sustainable and cheaper manner. With 39 sites in France, including 21 plants, KP1 has played a major role in the local economy for 60 years. For more information, please visit Linkedin or www.kp1.fr.