Pelindo 3: Sailing Ahead with Constructible BIM

Developing Port Infrastructure with Greater Efficiency and Accuracy

Pelindo 3, one of largest port operators in South East Asia, provides extensive logistic services that include the development of various port infrastructure to improve services – of which the adoption of BIM, and Tekla Structures in particular, proved crucial. PT. Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero), also known as Pelindo III, is one of Indonesia’s largest state-owned enterprises, managing 43 public ports in 7 provinces throughout Indonesia. With a constantly growing asset-base year after year, in 2017, Pelindo III began adopting Building Information Modelling (BIM) to better manage the development and management of its various infrastructure assets. As owners, they used Tekla Structures to design and build models for tender specification, as well as to check and control the design throughout the design and build stages.

The existence of port operator Pelindo 3 is tightly related to the archipelagic form of Indonesia. Serving as the connecting ‘bridges’ amongst islands, ports play a critical role in national logistics and distribution flow. As the most important port service provider in Indonesia, Pelindo III plays a key role in ensuring the sustainability and flow of sea freight. With the availability of adequate sea transportation infrastructure, the company’s services directly support and stimulate the economic activities of the country.

The full business scope of a port operator is complex and comprehensive. In terms of services, it includes covering all manner of sea freight, unloading and loading, storage, passenger facilities, anchoring and filling, cargo consolidation, and tugboat services. In order to fulfill these services, its non-core business plays an important supporting role – the development of various port-related facilities and infrastructure. Pelindo III also owns a large amount of idle land assets that can be potentially maximized to build properties for sale or rent.

With its move to implement BIM in 2017, Pelindo III turned to Tekla and Trimble solutions. As a multi-material and multi-process modeling software, Tekla Structures is used to design and analyze detailed structural models, as well as to produce info-rich drawings with accurate project quantities for the design and tender stages. “We use Tekla Structures to define and analyze accurately, correct all structural work within a single 3D model, with any changes automatically updated at any time to be revised. Modeling time is short, with efficient project management results. And most amazingly, Tekla Structures is really easy-to-use and master. We could also easily customize material profiles to conform to Indonesian standards, as well as to build our own rebar profiles.” - Jaya Dewata, Senior Assistant Technical Planning Manager of Pelindo III. Tekla Structures has been a cornerstone for the team’s BIM push, with its ability to easily model for estimation and sales, create highly detailed structures, import and export data between other software, visualization, as well as status management.



One of the projects by Pelindo III which employs the use of BIM is Poros Maritime Tower Building, set within the Port of Tanjung Perak. This 24-storey office building has been designed as a smart green building, and is additionally equipped with commercial area lifestyle facilities to complement its office facilities. BIM was implemented from the beginning using several platforms. While the structural models were done in Tekla Structures, the architectural and MEP models were generated from other software. Tekla Structures’ interoperability, which is based on the standard IFC file format, meant that clashes and miscoordination could be immediately avoided when dealing with output files across different softwares.

BIM level 2 was mandated for this project, which amongst others, meant that a Common Data Environment (CDE)
had to be adopted by the various stakeholders. For this, Pelindo III used Trimble Connect to digitize the coordination between the owner, contractor and consultants – greatly improving the collaborative workflow process particularly when dealing with drawing documents, construction methods, material approval, and 3D model coordination.

While Pelindo III is still relatively in its adoption of BIM, they already saw a reduction in planning costs of up to 70% during the design and detailing phase. A key reason for this is because design and documentation can be done concurrently instead of serially. Schedules, diagrams, drawings, estimating, planning, and other forms of work communication are created dynamically even while work is progressing. With better documentation quality, collaboration, communication and  planning, the bottomline for Pelindo III has been that Trimble Solutions have allowed them to produce more work output with a smaller team. Moving forward, Pelindo aims to further implement BIM level 2 integration by adding on VICO office suite alongside Tekla Structures, Trimble Connect and Sketchup.


The Trimble Advantage

► Seamless Information data flow from design and detailing to construction planning.

►  One 3D model with multiple outputs including 2D drawings – saves resources and time planning
►  Data planning and implementation well-integrated across applications and other systems, facilitating the process of design, construction till asset management.
►  Fast and accurate when design revisions are required, saving costs and speed up development time.

Easy Data Collaboration

“Tekla Structures in combination with Trimble Connect has provided us the benefit of accurate, coordinated and rich data, delivering results faster and more economically. The delivery of information data flow through the design and build process has been seamless, which has enabled us to achieve accurate design and planning, and a smooth construction workflow.”
Jaya Dewata
Senior Assistant Technical Planning Manager
Pelindo III