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30 January 2015

Tekla models its BIM software

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More and more design and construction of infrastructure, from buildings and power plants to highways are using building information modelling software.

BIM is increasingly the must-have ability for a supply chain and Tekla Structures Construction Modeling software allows concrete contractors to be part of the 3D BIM model.

Construction Modelling will be part of the offering by Tekla, part of the Trimble group. The software serves the three phases of concrete construction – modelling, planning and pouring. The 3D model can be shared with other departments, other supply chain partners and the main contractor by way of Tekla BIM sight.

Construction Modelling uses a Gantt chart interfaced with MS PROJECT and PRIMAVERA. The model can also be used during design and site management and also generates fabrication and formwork.

Road and road bridge main contractors have used Tekla Construction software in many award winning projects, such as the 2,010m cable-stayed Cao Lanh Bridge in the Mekong River delta in Vietnam, to be completed in 2017. Tekla software will also be used in maintenance scheduling for the bridge, part of the Central Mekong Delta Connectivity project, after it opens in 2017.

The Connectivity Project comprises two high cable-stay bridges with a combined length of 5,000m, as well as 25km of connecting roads. The bridges will replace slow ferry services at the Cao Lanh crossing over the Tien River and a parallel crossing over the Hau River at Vam Cong.

In Finland, the Vantaanjoki River Bridge is a design-build project in Vantaa that was started in 2011 and finished in 2013. It was one of the country’s first projects that used BIM, as a requirement both for design and construction.

The bridge crossing the river Vantaa is a pre-tensioned concrete beam bridge with spans of 32m, 45 m and finally 32m, with a width of 13m to allow for two lanes and a pedestrian way. The bridge was founded on steel piles. The approach embankments of the bridge were founded on pile slabs. The underpass of Tikkurilantie and trough are formed of reinforced concrete circular frame structure that has effective span of 5.9m and total length of around 100m.

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