FP McCann's BIM Development Dock shortlisted for award

FP McCann's BIM Development Dock shortlisted for award

FP McCann's BIM Development Dock has been shortlisted against the best in the world in the Tekla Awards.

The Tekla Awards showcase and reward the hard work and innovation that goes into using software to solve engineering challenges, working collaboratively and delivering better outcomes for all involved.

The awards focus on projects of all shapes and sizes which have used Tekla software as part of the process for designing and 3D modelling a structure or where the use of Tekla software and BIM has aided collaboration and the digital construction process.

FP McCann’s Development Dock project was a part of the initial development of the detailing tools which will be rolled out through the company. All of the geometry and reinforcement in the model is parametrically controlled allowing full models to be built in a very short space of time and to company standards and calculations.

The model and tools also allows them to drive production automatically by output of data to the reinforcement plants and lasers, thus limiting the need for paper schedules. This project took two detailers over a day to complete using 2D AutoCAD.

In a preliminary test of the tools designed in-house at FP McCann, as well as the use of Tekla’s quick drawing processes, the project took one detailer just under four hours to complete from a blank project to completed General Arrangement and Reinforcement drawings.

Allowing the detailers to work to either British Standards or Eurocodes, the tools provide a great deal of design flexibility with very little complication.

Intelligence has also been added to the tools. ‘Lifters’ for instance are self-calculating dependent on the cast unit weight Centre of Gravity (CoG). The confines of geometry and reinforcement laps are self-determining based upon bar sizes, concrete grade and detailing method.

FP McCann previously won the Small Projects category at the local Tekla UK BIM awards in July where the panel commented on the exceptional use of parametric control which our tools provided to the designers.

Being shortlisted for the Global Tekla Awards 2016 puts FP McCann in competition with some of the best projects and users of Tekla in the world.

Click HERE to vote for FP McCann’s Development Dock.

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