ConstructionPro Week, Volume: Construction Advisor Today - Issue: 45 - 03/03/2010

Tekla Reports Several New BIM-Related Developments

Tekla has launched its annual main version of Tekla Structures BIM (building information modeling) software, one of several developments that the company recently reported.


The new Tekla Structures 16 introduces several workflow benefits, such as an improved solution for cast-in-place concrete and better IFC data exchange, the company stated. Tekla Structures BIM software is developed according to a long-term plan of improved user experience, process, and functionality. "This provides the whole building design and construction project team a unique model-based way of collaboration, including possibilities for increased business, productivity, and sustainability."



Several new features are designed to improve the users' workflow, such as an improved solution for cast-in-place concrete design and detailing, better IFC data exchange, better utilization of reference models, and improved numbering and model publishing tools. Other features include improved usability by snapping tools and by zooming to selected parts, an updated Master Drawing Catalog, better object-level settings, and new filtering and instant graphics on drawings.


The Tekla Structures 16 installation was built according to Microsoft's requirements for the Windows 7 certification."With this new version, it is very important for us to introduce a BIM process that is based on the detailed building information model," Tekla Executive Vice President Risto Raty said. "Tekla Structures 16 includes a newly developed offering for cast-in-place concrete design and detailing, especially for self-performing cast-in-place contractors. Moving toward a greener installation is a small step forward but still part of the bigger sustainability benefits that implementing BIM can bring to construction." 




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