Tekla News for Building & Construction, Summer 2014

Dear reader

Exciting professional news can spice up a day in the office – be it about a quantum leap, new way of working or a project of the lifetime. Well, here we have something: A Tekla-led research project has created a new concept of managing building information models. SH Structures created giant horse sculptures (see right) and Arup works on Project OVE, 170-meter virtual replication of human body. Also, BIM now fits into your pocket with Tekla Field3D.

Then there is football: You want all the excitement of the game as a spectator, but none if you are building a major stadium. There is a time when predictability on a football stadium is better than surprises, close calls and excitement. Scroll down for more.

We wish you a happy summer,

Tekla News Editors

In this issue:


Bringing Seats and Shade for Football Fans Efficiently

If football is on your list of interests, Arena Amazônia in Manaus, Brazil, will probably look familiar. The Amazonian rainforest and the straw baskets of indigenous peoples inspired the German Gerkan, Marg und Partner (GMP) to create the architecture that Martifer Construções successfully built.

Martifer created a steel structure that circles the stadium creating a 23,000 square meter roof and is coated with translucent white PTFE membrane sheets, reducing the temperature in the stadium. With clever use of Tekla’s BIM software, they improved productivity by 20% and efficiency by 30% while successfully meeting the tight construction deadlines of the stadium.

The project offered Martifer challenges. They modeled the Arena Amazônia in 3D and extracted 2D drawings plus CNC and material listings, and created specific files to control geometric coordinates of the beams during manufacturing, pre-assembly and final assembly. Fabricating the twisted and cambered beam required exact coordinate control. To manage pre-assembly and assembly, track materials during manufacturing and also for logistics, Martifer combined the possibilities of their own and Tekla software.

Arena Amazônia is just one of the 10 football stadiums in Brazil where Tekla was used for building information modeling (BIM).

Watch a video about creating the stadium

Future building information models are managed on the Web

The recent DRUM research project has challenged the predominant idea of managing building information through one centralized, heavy model. The main result of the research is an open concept based on linking, managing and sharing building information over the Internet. According to the new concept, the building information model consists of smaller sectional models that are linked with each other and can be worked on or updated separately over the Internet. This results to fewer conflicts between different project parties’ models and facilitates information use.

“We expect the results to realize in the construction industry in 2 to 3 years as software houses start applying the concept that has been developed,” says a participant of DRUM, Development Director Ilkka Romo of Skanska.

DRUM was part of the three-year PRE research program and lead by Tekla with Aalto University as the main research partner. The results have been noticed internationally, and currently a network of researchers is forming around the topic.

Read more about the research

Put BIM into your pocket: Download Tekla Field3D

Tekla Field3D is a high performing mobile BIM tool for handling large data sets and constructable, detailed models. With the new mobile application AEC professionals can conveniently take BIM to the field with their iOS mobile devices. Tekla Field3D users can collaborate with all project members, including those without access to desktop BIM software or any deeper knowledge about 3D modeling.

As Tekla is strongly committed to supporting Open BIM, also the new mobile solution allows combining IFC models on iOS devices and viewing and sharing building information models on the go.  Visit the Tekla Field3D homepage for more information and free download option.

Read more about Tekla Field3D

Unlicensed software proved expensive

Rig Thai Engineering Co. Ltd has worked on hundreds of buildings projects in Thailand and South-East Asia since 1980, developing a reputation of building complex steel structures on time and within budget.

In 2012, they engaged a technology solutions provider. As the employees started to use the newly installed computers, anti-virus software constantly alerted them of malware on the computer and they were unable to update their software. Although Rig Thai had informed the provider about their requirements on BIM software, they discovered that the copies of Tekla Structures on their systems were not genuine.

The malware embedded into the non-genuine software caused slowdowns and unexpected crashes. Worst of all, Rig Thai did not know whether there was a Trojan or backdoor in the systems, maybe compromising the confidential information stored on their network and spent a lot of time trying to find the reason for the problems. They realized that using non-genuine software led to more problems and significantly impacted productivity, and ultimately the bottom line.

Since then Rig Thai has moved on to using genuine Tekla software. Among the most tangible benefits has been the peace of mind that comes with knowing that customer support is available and able to assist.

Stalatube’s stainless steel hollow sections now available in Tekla software

Stalatube is known worldwide as a manufacturer of diverse and highly developed stainless steel hollow sections and components: Their product range for square and rectangular hollow sections is the largest in the world.  In addition to construction, their offering is used in machine building, transportation and energy sectors.

Now you can use Stalatube’s standard portfolio in your Tekla Structures. The portfolio consists of stainless steel square and rectangular tubes and allows you to model construction designs effectively and accurately – exactly with the sections and components that are going to be used on site.

Download the Stalatube products for Tekla’s BIM software at the Stalatube homepage.

Modeling the mighty horses: The Kelpies

The Kelpies are 30-meter high steel sculptures of horses’ heads guarding the Helix, a new outdoor recreational area in Falkirk, Scotland. The sculptures were created by the Glasgow sculptor Andy Scott, and his plan was turned into giant sculptures by SH Structures who modeled and build the Kelpies. They chose Tekla software for the project. 

The two heads (Duke and Baron served as live models) have complex tubular steel internal frames with outer layer of secondary members, satisfying the loads imposed on the massive sculptures. The external finish consists of laser cut stainless steel plates. Thanks to SH Structures’ experience in off-site manufacturing and trial assembly, they successfully turned the building information model into prefabricated steel sections and delivered and erected the sculptures on site. The company also redesigned the internal support structure thus generating significant savings for the client.

SH Structures worked closely with the client, who had a clear vision, and the supportive artist. This was essential to the project’s success and ensured that the aesthetics remained as close as possible to the 1/10th scale models that had been produced as the basis of the scheme.

More information and images

Watch a documentary, narrated by Andy Scott, about the process of creating the sculptures from design to installation.

Wednesday Webinar on July 2nd with ARUP: Better Buildings with Heart and Soul

You know them. Their 10,000 staff rethinks the build environment, be it railway networks or gravity-defying skyscrapers, and defies the cynics. Now Arup has rethought the structures of human body with virtual replication in project OVE and demonstrated the potential of BIM. The 170-meter tall research laboratory has respiratory system, heart and brain, it sweats and gets hungry. For modeling OVE’s full structural skeleton Arup chose Tekla as they do with their construction projects.

Join our webinar to hear Arup’s Joe Dukelow and Jonathan Locke tell how they did it, and about designing the more conventional 52 Lime Street, the 35-floor London office buildings that maximizes floor area and views while limiting solar gain.

Technip chooses Tekla’s BIM solutions globally

Technip has chosen Tekla as its global building information modeling (BIM) partner and provider. The company is present in 48 countries with 40,000 people and is world leader in project management, engineering and construction for the energy industry. Technip uses Tekla as structural solution for model-based methods and processes for the industrial, plant, and EPC markets.

Tekla and CSC merge

Trimble acquired CSC last year and now CSC is merging with Tekla. CSC produces software for structural design calculations, FE analysis, and steel and concrete building design. Both Tekla and CSC share experience in the global building and construction market, and customers will now benefit from a fuller and more rounded portfolio of products and services.

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