University Paris-Sorbonne and the government of Abu Dhabi signed an international agreement in 2006 to bring French-speaking higher education to the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The University has opened its doors within Phase I buildings in December 2009 and Phase II buildings and accommodation campus on Reem Island in the end of 2010.
“We have been working with Tekla since 2008, and by implementing BIM for Sorbonne University project, I would say we have secured the project time to complete prior to contract milestones.” commented Ron Brinkman, Technical Manager at Murray and Roberts Contractors.
Tekla Structures software has been used to model some of the world’s most recent iconic buildings. It allows for gravity-defying architectural designs to be created using three-dimensional modeling.
“Coordination between us, the main contractor, and the steel and façade subcontractors was a challenge that we overcame with the help of Tekla software. Changes to the as-built models from the design were communicated to the subcontractors to accommodate them into the steel and GRC fabrication process. By doing so, we avoided further conflicts and delays on site and sped up the installation process,” added Brinkman.
Three-dimensional coordinates for each diagrid component are calculated using Tekla software that ensures seamless integration and assembly of the frame and supporting beams.
“Tekla solutions help craft even the most complicated designs, and Sorbonne University is yet another example of Tekla’s ability to help regional construction companies manage project cycle and reduce costs,” commented Abdelrahman Muneer, Marketing Manager of Tekla ME
Other iconic structures in the UAE that have used diagrid and Tekla’s technologies include Capital Gate Tower and Aldar headquarters in Abu Dhabi. Other examples around the world include Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium, the Hearst Tower in New York and the Swiss Re (Gherkin) building in London, to name a few.
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