Sinotech Research & Development Building

Sinotech Research & Development Building is a multi-function building, integrating cutting-edge technologies of sustainability, intelligent systems, and earthquake resistance. Its earthquake resistant structure rests on special moment-resisting frame (SMRF) designed for 25% capacity of the seismic demands on the structure with bracing system. Besides, the structure uses fluid viscous damping (FVD) with energy dissipation system, the patent for which is owned by Sinotech Inc. These are mounted on the steel structure to enhance the seismic resistance of the building. It is a way to add energy dissipation to the lateral system of a building structure.

The earthquake resistance systems usually affect the space planning. 3D visualization can help engineer to know what kind of influence they make, and find a solution to drop down the impact. Additionally, the systems are assembled by various kinds of parts and conform to the required precision of installation. To avoid installation errors, the location and the size of each part should be designed accurately. Tekla Structures can help to do this, and it let Sinotech provide high precision design.

The superstructure of Sinotech R&D Building is of steel and the basement is a RC structure. The basement’s 1st floor is the transfer floor for transferring the steel into the reinforced concrete structure. As a typical column at this floor is developed as steel reinforced concrete structure (SRC), the steel column is terminated at the B1 floor while the reinforcing bars continue through to the foundation. The SRC column is shown in detail below.

Furthermore, as the SRC column design combined structures of steel (S) and reinforced concrete (RC), it is a challenge to place longitude and stirrup reinforcement bars in fixed size concrete and to avoid collision of reinforcement bars at RC beam-SRC column joint. Tekla can aid the user to achieve more detailed design, including reinforcement bars and steel coupler design. Reinforcement bars groups can be created and modified quickly and smoothly in Tekla. Additionally, automated clash check can find collided reinforcement bars immediately. There are benefits of reducing collision problems and increasing design quality.

Sinotech was established in January 1993.The engineering services provided include study, investigation, planning, design, inspection, construction supervision, project management and turnkey contracts on electric power, hydraulic, urban development, industrial and agricultural development, and environmental, civil, architectural, mechanical, transportation and electrical engineering projects.

The company has over 1,300 technical personnel and has successfully completed more than 3,400 domestic assignments, earning their clients’ praise for efficient, high-quality service.

Sinotech has worked in Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Fiji, Georgia, São Tomé and Príncipe, Swaziland, and mainland China. To date, they have successfully completed some 140 overseas assignments.

In order to avoid structural failures during construction, engineers conduct structural safety assessment and analyses for each construction stage. Engineers conducting structural analysis read the construction scheduling plan in advance. Due to use of construction simulation, the plan is effective enough to express the whole construction process, and therefore the engineers easily find potential structural risks.

When the engineers need to analyze the building structure, they do not rebuild analytical models from 2D shop drawings. A 3D model can directly be sent from Tekla environment to structure analysis & design software, such as SAP2000. Analysis model rebuilding time can be reduced and information can be transferred more consistently, thereby effectively increasing safety analysis accuracy during construction.

From 3D to BIM

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has become an industry standard. It deals with a building’s complete life cycle, making it easier to maintain information consistency and avoid information loss. Additionally, there is plentiful information in Tekla’s building information models, such as location and geometric attributes, object properties, construction scheduling, and structural analysis information. Therefore, the information related to BIM models can be retrieved for example to implement quantity calculations, the construction scheduling plan and structural analyses.


To best achieve the benefits of BIM, professional engineers are naturally required. Still, everyone in the industry can start utilizing BIM with Tekla BIMsight, a free tool for construction collaboration. As If BIM is a new process in the organization, new and more efficient work patterns and contract systems leading to with more profitable project and better quality work can follow with it. In addition, Tekla’s BIM software helps to minimize reworking and use and waste of material, power and transportation. At present, foreign and domestic industry, academics and government are actively developing and promoting BIM processes. To successfully and effectively implement a full-blown BIM process, Tekla reseller with consultants can give support.