Not just a tool for fabricators and drawing offices

 Structural engineering has united with the rest of the design industry by taking the leap into 3D Structural Building Information Modelling, a subset of the commonly used concept Building Information Modelling (BIM)
What is BIM?BIM is a collaborative, model-based way of working and is one of the key elements in the building process where the majority of structural information is created. Open BIM interfaces make it possible for all design information to be produced and managed within a single 3D product model. Such open interfaces are crucial in order to tie different design applications and disciplines together.
Tekla Structures is the first BIM software solution to fully integrate the entire structural design process from conceptual design to detailing, fabrication and erection. The comprehensive 3D model keeps all components current providing a faster, higher quality and richer design process. Tekla Structures can be used to collaborate with other existing applications, or solely as a platform to develop a customisable internal solution.
About Canham Consulting Ltd.Canham Consulting Limited is an independent company, based in Norwich and highly regarded for its expertise, approachability and practical solutions to engineering problems in the residential, commercial, industrial and retail sectors. The company recently moved into new offices and has taken the opportunity to become fully networked with an ADSL connected server, subsequently allowing Canham to upgrade its software systems as well.
Chris Dewick joined the company just over 4 years ago and his primary roles are those of drawing office manager and senior draughtsman. “We were sort of coerced into phasing out our 2D draughting technology.  A client’s request for a 3D detailed model was the basis to seek out a new solution. Tekla Structures allowed us to produce a realistic view of proposals, giving our client the facility to see the project via a virtual reality walk-through model.” Chris goes on to say, “Canham have used Tekla Structures for over a year. We expect our annual turnover to increase now that we have the means to take on more challenging projects. We have just finished modelling a new Construction College (120 tonnes main steelwork only). Tekla Structures minimised overlapping work phases and errors, which translated into shorter project lead times and significant cost savings. Tekla Structures collaboration capabilities allowed us to issue files directly to the steelwork contractor, putting us a good 2-3 months ahead of schedule. We were also able to clash check against other disciplines.  In addition, our website was constantly updated to reflect the changes made to the model. Anyone can access and view the model with Tekla’s free web viewer.”
About ArupArup was founded in 1946 as part of an international firm of engineers and consultants providing design, project management and consultancy services to a wide cross-section of public and private sector clients. The company works primarily in the built environment providing services for every stage of a project lifecycle.
Ray Young is CAD Leader in the London office and has worked with Tekla Structures for the past 7 years. “The decision to move forward with CAD was reasonably straightforward. We needed to work in a 3D object-modelling environment. Tekla Xsteel was already proven to be the best steelwork package on the market.”
Ray continues, “With the introduction of Tekla Structures we can now model in both steel, concrete or any other material. The fact that Tekla Structures is a multi-material modelling system helps the structural geometry stay consistent. The exceptionally smooth collaboration and information management application make the overall process controllable. The same model can be utilised for producing analysis & design results and reports. Our general arrangement drawings and documentation are 100 per cent accurate and always reflect the current status of the project. We get more from the 3D model in the way of views and details.  The Tekla Structures visualisation capacity provides us with superior image quality.”
ConclusionCanham Consulting is currently using Tekla Structures mainly for their steelwork requirements. However, the company has plans to fully utilise the multi-material modelling and collaboration functions that Tekla Structures has to offer. It looks forward to getting the added benefits that Arup already sees with steel, concrete and structural design professionals working with the same shared, always up-to-date model throughout every stage of a building project.

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Not just a tool for fabricators and drawing offices

 Structural engineering has united with the rest of the design industry by taking the leap into 3D Structural Building Information Modelling, a subset of the commonly used concept Building Information Modelling (BIM)
What is BIM?BIM is a collaborative, model-based way of working and is one of the key elements in the building process where the majority of structural information is created. Open BIM interfaces make it possible for all design information to be produced and managed within a single 3D product model. Such open interfaces are crucial in order to tie different design applications and disciplines together.
Tekla Structures is the first BIM software solution to fully integrate the entire structural design process from conceptual design to detailing, fabrication and erection. The comprehensive 3D model keeps all components current providing a faster, higher quality and richer design process. Tekla Structures can be used to collaborate with other existing applications, or solely as a platform to develop a customisable internal solution.
About Canham Consulting Ltd.Canham Consulting Limited is an independent company, based in Norwich and highly regarded for its expertise, approachability and practical solutions to engineering problems in the residential, commercial, industrial and retail sectors. The company recently moved into new offices and has taken the opportunity to become fully networked with an ADSL connected server, subsequently allowing Canham to upgrade its software systems as well.
Chris Dewick joined the company just over 4 years ago and his primary roles are those of drawing office manager and senior draughtsman. “We were sort of coerced into phasing out our 2D draughting technology.  A client’s request for a 3D detailed model was the basis to seek out a new solution. Tekla Structures allowed us to produce a realistic view of proposals, giving our client the facility to see the project via a virtual reality walk-through model.” Chris goes on to say, “Canham have used Tekla Structures for over a year. We expect our annual turnover to increase now that we have the means to take on more challenging projects. We have just finished modelling a new Construction College (120 tonnes main steelwork only). Tekla Structures minimised overlapping work phases and errors, which translated into shorter project lead times and significant cost savings. Tekla Structures collaboration capabilities allowed us to issue files directly to the steelwork contractor, putting us a good 2-3 months ahead of schedule. We were also able to clash check against other disciplines.  In addition, our website was constantly updated to reflect the changes made to the model. Anyone can access and view the model with Tekla’s free web viewer.”
About ArupArup was founded in 1946 as part of an international firm of engineers and consultants providing design, project management and consultancy services to a wide cross-section of public and private sector clients. The company works primarily in the built environment providing services for every stage of a project lifecycle.
Ray Young is CAD Leader in the London office and has worked with Tekla Structures for the past 7 years. “The decision to move forward with CAD was reasonably straightforward. We needed to work in a 3D object-modelling environment. Tekla Xsteel was already proven to be the best steelwork package on the market.”
Ray continues, “With the introduction of Tekla Structures we can now model in both steel, concrete or any other material. The fact that Tekla Structures is a multi-material modelling system helps the structural geometry stay consistent. The exceptionally smooth collaboration and information management application make the overall process controllable. The same model can be utilised for producing analysis & design results and reports. Our general arrangement drawings and documentation are 100 per cent accurate and always reflect the current status of the project. We get more from the 3D model in the way of views and details.  The Tekla Structures visualisation capacity provides us with superior image quality.”
ConclusionCanham Consulting is currently using Tekla Structures mainly for their steelwork requirements. However, the company has plans to fully utilise the multi-material modelling and collaboration functions that Tekla Structures has to offer. It looks forward to getting the added benefits that Arup already sees with steel, concrete and structural design professionals working with the same shared, always up-to-date model throughout every stage of a building project.

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