Day-to-day steel work made easier with Tekla BIMsight: 5 stories
BEC: Less errors on site
The engineering office Bhilai Engineering Corporation Limited, BEC has struggled on the construction site with problems, which are very familiar to most people in the industry. There have been unexpected clashes, missing part profiles and sudden changes in member profiles. To solve these problems BEC started using Tekla BIMsight on one of their large projects, this heavy traditional bolted truss work project with plate girders.
"Today we are using Tekla BIMsight and less problems are rising on site. Our fabricators, designers, detailers, the erector - all team members know the software and use it to reduce conflicts. This saves us project costs and time," explained Md Noushad Ansari, Executive at BEC.
On this project they organized a design coordination meeting every two weeks with the whole team to check all models and clashes.
"A big advantage of Tekla BIMsight is that it is so easy to learn and use," said Mr. Ansari. He also appreciates the easy markup tool, the clash detection function and the way you can locate and see the clashes in the 3D view and also sort them in the conflict browser. In this project the team also communicated by sending notes with snapshots to each other on-site or to the design or detailing department.
BEC undertakes complete project implementation including Mechanical, Structural, Electrical and Civil jobs.
Robru: Speeding up erection time
The steel erection company Robru worked on a new Tesco grocery store in Great Britain. The supervisor of the project from Robru, Clive Daker used Tekla BIMsight on the project on a daily basis: "I find Tekla BIMsight as an invaluable tool allowing us to see details of connections, correct orientation of beams resulting in less erection errors, which speeds up the erection time."
Technical Manager of Tekla's Steel segment, Michael Hodgson commented on the project: "This is a typical steel structure and a great example of day to day structural steel work project using Tekla BIMsight as the communication package."
Pinnacle: The power of combining models
Pinnacle Consulting Engineers have used Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology in the development of a bespoke Tesco supermarket design at Sheringham combining Architects and Mechanical Engineers 3D models also with their own created Tekla steel, timber and reinforced concrete model.
During the design process models have constantly been exchanged between all parties to guarantee the structure meets the requirements of the complex roof geometry whilst ensuring all mechanical services fit within the confines of the covered louvered plant area. This also gives a visualization to the client of the complete shopping experience.
Pinnacle has also added their own in-house 3D drainage and terrain model to ensure there are no clashes between drainage runs and foundations. In addition, they have sent IFC model files externally to aid framing subcontractors during the construction coordination stages, explained Stephen Gaffer, Technician from Pinnacle.
Tekla's Michael Hodgson is impressed with the project: "Great use of architectural and MEP models - all used within Tekla BIMsight to create this new Tesco superstore. Integration within steel work and other disciplines seems excellent."
Denizen: Complex steel
Denizen Contracts used Tekla BIMsight to view the structural steel model of a new Hilton Hotel and Spa. The project incorporates a state of the art media centre for what will become the first (and only) model test cricket ground in the UK, situated at the home of Hampshire County Cricket, The Ageas Bowl.
"Tekla BIMsight has helped us visualise the works to enable design issues to be addressed before they can become an issue," Dean Lindeque, Senior Site Manager from Denizen said. Tekla's Technical Manager Hodgson thinks the lovely large curved structure of the project shows how complex elements can be shown in Tekla BIMsight. "These kind of structures are very typical of today's more complex structures," he commented.
Steel Details Inc: Day-to-day BIM
Project Manager Jerry Evangelist of Steel Details Inc. used Tekla BIMsight working on an addition to an existing structure for a worldwide food processing company. The project included cutting a hole in the roof of the structure and installing new columns to support the roof girders as well as providing new stainless steel silos, platforms, catwalks, stairs and ladders to access each level.
The existing project was modeled using the old school method of field measuring. The model was then opened and inspected with Tekla BIMsight. "Fortunately the field measurements were good and the new structure fit like a glove. Hopefully in the future, we will be able to utilize Trimble's point cloud technology to generate a 3D model of the structure that we will be connecting to," Jerry Evangelist stated.
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