Nirmalya Chatterjee, COO & Business Director, Tekla India
What are the technological advantages offered by Tekla's BIM software?
Tekla software for Building Information Modelling (BIM) processes helps to improve quality, increase profits, and reduce risk. Across the design, plan and construction lifecycle, BIM is an integrated process built on reliable, buildable digital project information. Tekla software creates and combines constructible 3D models, rich in detailed building information, gives greater accuracy and better coordination that can be translated to lesser waste and higher profits.
In what projects have Tekla's solutions been used profitably?
Tekla software has been used in some of the major projects such as Chennai airport expansion project, Mumbai Airport, Chenab Rail Bridge project in Jammu & Kashmir, Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Rabale Railway Station in Navi Mumbai and Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune. Apart from these famous builds, Tekla software is used for modeling all kinds of residential and offshore buildings and bridges too. Today it is mostly used at the detailed design phase for clash checking, organising, quantity and building cost estimation, viewing snaps, commenting and project managment Gradually, the usage of Tekla software is expanding both upstream and downstream in the construction workflow.
At what rate is the market for software for construction projects growing?
The market for this is growing at a rate of 30 per cent. The use of the technology can bring down the construction cost by 10-15 per cent and it could be the answer to India's affordable housing.
Give us an example on how a company benefitted by implementing the software?
Larsen and Toubro implemented it across their various divisions and have seen substantial increase in savings and time. Early detection of problems was made possible using our software. The realistic gains made have been savings of around 40 per cent in man hours, in some cases it goes up to 70 per cent depending upon the complexity of the project. What are the challenges faced in implementing 3D products in the Indian scenario? Since the use of CAD in the 1980s, the industry is gradually accepting BIM. Architects are more adaptive to new technology, possibly because of their tradition of working with objects and 3D for visualisation. In India, it seems only smaller companies are more dynamic and eager to use new BIM applications. Large organizations have longer decision processes, which could explain this difference.
The reluctance to implement new technology might stem from switching costs, hesitance to learn a new technology, and uncertainty over the cost of BIM software in relation to how much value it adds and what services it provides.
What are the latest 3D modelling solutions offered by your company?
Tekla Structures BIM (Building Information Modelling) software provides an accurate, detailed, and data-rich 3D environment that can be configured for and shared by contractors, structural engineers, steel detailers and fabricators, as well as concrete detailers and manufacturers. Our technology is used from conceptual design stage to detail engineering to construction management. The whole lifecycle of any engineering project can be managed through Tekla Structure.
Tekla Structures, Construction Management Module manages and track project status. Users can communicate and manage information from supply to installation. Since building information consists of both business and process information, this configuration offers more than just reviewing project data created by others. Customized views allow the user to create and change information attached to building objects. Project history can be accessed and presented graphically or in text format. Clashes can be highlighted so that problem areas are easier to identify.
Tekla BIMsight is a professional tool for construction project collaboration. All disciplines of the construction workflow can combine their models, check for clashes, mark up and share the information using the same 3D environment. It allows project participants to identify and solve issues already in the design phase before the actual construction.
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