Veolia Waste & Recycling opened a brand new recycling facility in Hortonwood Telford. TDS Midlands were contracted to design and detail the 200 tonne steel frame.
What were the challenges and made the project succesful?
The architectural features on the elevations of the structure involved the most development on the project. The pin type connections that fixed the tubular sections to the structure were required to be aesthetically pleasing as they were exposed to view. 3D snapshots were exchanged with the design team together with General Arrangement drawings in order to achieve a final design for the connections. As you will see, there are a significant amount of cold rolled steel members that are required to support the relevant cladding elements on the project. Discussions with the Design Team including the cladding contractor were required in order to ensure that the location of our cladding rails matched the cladding joints.
Benefits of using BIM and Tekla Structures?
Due to the size of the project, phasing and lotting was imperative when issuing steelwork for manufacture and erection. Tekla Structures allowed us to segregate areas of the structure in approximately 25 tonne lots in order to ensure each lot was deliverable to site in one single visit. Due to the relative repetitive nature of the rafters and columns, Tekla duplicated and cloned a number of assembly drawings, drastically reducing the drawing office time producing and editing fabrication drawings.
Tekla 3D BIM Models were utilized in order to issue to the design team for review. Engineers and Architects could review the practicality and aesthetics of the structure including the previously mentioned pin type connections. Our client, the fabricator, took advantage of the 3D BIM Models in order to specify lotting schedules and erection techniques to ensure buildability.