Tekla News Summer 2017
In the construction industry certain themes are always topical. One such theme is safety. Although this word first makes you think about occupational safety and safety of the structures you build, there is more: Information security in construction is growing its importance together with the digitalization of the trade. And this is something we as software providers take very seriously.
Have a safe and happy summer! Tekla News editors
- Where the precasters meet: Greetings from BIBM
- Serious about securing your business
- Increasing efficiency every year – case UPB
- Are you really taking advantage of your 3D steel models?
- Faster precast workflows: Use converted IFC objects with the Wall and Floor layout tools
BIBM, the European Federation for Precast Concrete Congress took place in May in Madrid, Spain, with more than 650 participants and exhibitors. Tekla software team was there to tell about the latest modeling technology, such as double wall and half slab tools, and to meet the precast industry players from the European countries, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia. It is always a pleasure to meet the customers.
Safety and sustainability were the key topics this year. Safety was mostly discussed as part of production sustainability. Considerable measures are being taken to promote safety in fabrication facilities and during erection of structures.
The environmental aspect of precast concrete construction was discussed in many presentations. Topics related to circular economy, such as cradle to cradle (vs. cradle to grave) precast concrete panels, and other ways to use waste concrete, were interesting for many participants. Also environmental effects such as CO2 emissions of cement were on the agenda.
Read more about BIBM.
We have embraced opportunities created by the internet, and when developing and maintaining Tekla solutions and online services we are dedicated to protecting your privacy and the designs that are at the core of your business. For example, when designing the Tekla Online Services portfolio, one design principle is to store the minimum amount of information needed for each service to function. This helps to minimize the risk related to security incidents and any potential misuse of data.
The steps we take to maximize information security also include:
Security audits: Our services go through thorough security audits by third party security testers regularly.
Vulnerability management: We review vulnerabilities, maintain an inventory of software and actively follow security feeds coming from vendors or central authorities like Cert.
Incident management: It is well-known that even extremely secure systems have been compromised. Therefore, we have incident response plans.
Continuity and recovery: If an incident happens, recovery plans detail how the service can be brought up again in the event of loss. Critical services are hosted in established, world-class data centers.
Threat modeling: Designing secure solutions begins from knowing the threats that the solution needs to be protected from. Understanding the threats is one of the core guiding principles of information security.
Compliance and regulations: We are dedicated to ensuring that Tekla Online Services comply with legislation and regulations.
Third-party suppliers: All contracts with suppliers who handle personal data include clauses that define requirements regarding security, privacy, confidentiality, and use of any materials that the supplier may have access to.
Source code protection, code reviews and testing: All code is stored using version control systems, and access is strictly limited. Code reviews are conducted, and all systems go through rigorous testing.
Learn more at Tekla security center.
Arturs Neiburgs is the Head of R&D, Engineering Department at UPB, a leading Latvian engineering production and construction company. Neiburgs knows that when software is smart and functions smoothly it gives its users time for developing working processes. Time will be saved when processes are carefully planned, and such good processes have enhanced efficiency at UBP.
BIM helps win and plan projects
UPB finds the best solutions for their client very early during the projects. “Salespersons look for the best solutions in cooperation with our engineering department, so the 3D model is essential at this part of the project phase,” Neiburgs says. “At tendering stage, we use Tekla models for the material list and of course for customer presentations,” he continues.
Effective tools equal effective business
At UPB, Tekla Model Sharing has made collaboration between Tekla Structures users much faster and more effective.
“We benefit a lot from sharing the project workload and helping out between the business units. Different product groups, like precast, concrete, steel, or glazed structures are closely linked together, straight from tendering phase to assembly. This allows us to exchange information much faster and as a result we are able to build better solutions for the client. We can execute projects more efficiently using less time,” Neiburgs elaborates.
“We already use Tekla models for all our projects. Now we plan to increase the model use on the assembly level,” Neiburgs concludes.
Read more about UPB.
Utilizing reference models from the other design disciplines in structural precast and cast in place concrete workflows has become more efficient. The advanced functionalities of the Wall and Floor layout tools can now be used with the objects converted from the architect’s and engineer’s IFC models.
Adjusting and modifying the design models to precast models is now easy and fast, and you can utilize this tool also for estimation and sales purposes. Later, you can continue working on the same models and develop the level of detail further by utilizing the automated, intuitive functionalities in Wall and Floor layout tools.
Customers with a valid Maintenance contract can download the application in Tekla Warehouse.