Pinnacle Saves Time by Linking Tekla and Fastrak
Covering the whole spectrum of structural and civil design, Pinnacle Consulting Engineers is a well respected structural designer in the retail and commercial arena, working for some of the largest supermarkets chains in the UK. Since 1997, Pinnacle has been producing cost-effective, innovative design solutions.
With offices throughout the UK and Eire their reputation for challenging ideas and construction methodologies has led to collaborative working relationships based on best practice and trust.
Since 2000, Pinnacle has used Fastrak Building Designer on many steel building projects. “Fastrak is an integral tool within our design office. It has enabled us to deliver cost effective designs quickly and easily,” states Chris Bailey, Director at Pinnacle.
However, the journey to successful construction included some challenges.
“We use Tekla’s BIM software for our drawings. Our constant frustration used to be that our technicians had to re-enter the same information the engineers were creating in Fastrak,” Bailey adds.
To help improve the internal BIM processes of Pinnacle, the company teamed up with the software providers to develop a link between Fastrak and Tekla software, which enabled models to be shared and synchronized between the two software packages. This meant the initial physical model could be started in either software. The software link also enabled the inevitable project changes to be synchronized between the two software packages. Geometry, section size, grade and stud data could all be integrated.
To aid the process further, the software link also provided auditing, section mapping and management tools, ensuring that the engineers and technicians were in full control of the integration process.
Pinnacle recently used the integrated Fastrak and Tekla models to design of the new Tesco Extra Store in Yate, UK. The 1800 ton steel structure includes 558 car parking spaces on ground level, with the main supermarket with over 10,000 square meters (110,000 square feet) of retail space on first floor.
“The transfer from Fastrak to Tekla is very impressive and produces a good model in Tekla with all the sizes and grades being communicated. If modifications are required to the model these can be easily achieved by the draughtsman. We saved literally days of design time sharing the models this way on this project,” states Brett Hearn, Project Technician at Pinnacle.
“Pinnacle has a forward thinking practice that embraces technology to improve both their internal BIM processes and external ones for their clients. It is pleasing to see the software link between Fastrak and Tekla provides a practical solution for them. The ability to share data intelligently is really the essence of Building Information Modeling,” comments Tekla’s Building Design Solutions Product Manager Kevin Lea.