BIM Application to Concrete Industry

Last July 04, Thursday, some of the biggest company names in the concrete industry were gathered to attend the “BIM Application to Concrete Industry” event at the Luxent Hotel, Timog Ave., Quezon City.


The event started with a free breakfast at eight o’ clock in the morning then a welcome speech from the Managing Director, Engr. Romeo Francisco, followed by a testimonial from one of Vibrant Technology Solutions Co.’s client in the concrete industry, Sunwest Water and Electric Co., Inc. (SUWECO).


SUWECO, an enterprise engaged in the creation of facilities for water and electricity generation and distribution in the Philippines, aiming to become a major supplier of clean renewable energy particularly in the rural areas not serviced by the national grid, was represented by Engr. Jose Cha Parais, Jr., the Senior Vice President of Construction. He shared why Tekla Structures is needed in their projects and how it transformed their business.


Another client from the concrete industry revealed their experiences in using Tekla Structures.


Monocrete Realty and Development Corp. is a business with a purpose to ensure that the concrete ready mix being utilized by its affiliate Monolith Construction & Development Corp. is of the highest quality through the adaptation of the latest trend in the ready mix production backed up by excellent manpower training and strict compliance of raw materials. The design & engineering head of the said company, showed how Tekla Structures’ interoperability with other solutions help increased their productivity.


After a 15-minute break, the event commenced with a discussion about the concrete industry adapting to technology trends, the theoretical approach of BIM application to concrete industry, headed by the Director for Cast-In-Place Concrete Segment of  Tekla Corporation, Finland; Mr. Jarkko Stenvall.


Because of today’s competitive environment, the concrete industry is constantly evolving in terms of tools and methods, even concrete contractors are adapting to technology trends just to stay in the game. Mr. Stenvall noted that the main problem of the industry today has something to do with the accumulation of information through time. In the current way of working, information is lost as it is transferred from one department to another, like from design to preconstruction up to facility management. And he stressed that Tekla Structures is the solution. With the new way of working offered by Tekla Structures; Model, Plan, and Pour, loss of information will be a thing of the past.


Afterwards, Mr. Michael Evans, Director for Engineering Segment and Key Accounts of Tekla Corporation, Finland, talked about the practicality of applying BIM to their businesses and maximizing their investments. He started with a discussion on where the industry is today, which involves still manual preparation of thousands and thousands of documents, difficulty in quantity estimation at bidding stage, and the likes. He showed the difference between a design model, which is mostly produced by other solutions, and a construction model complete with connection details, MEP / FP, rebars, bolts layout points, which is offered by Tekla.


He listed the benefits of BIM, which includes seamless data transfer from conceptual to construction, reduced errors due to the reuse of the same data throughout the process, etc. He discussed how to quantify ROI as he presented practical examples on how to calculate the ROI, involving a simple drawing to a complex drawing. He emphasized the difference in the cost of errors, in the design phase very minimal is seen but when brought at the site, extreme multiplication of errors up to 100x fold. He pointed out how Tekla’s new Model-Plan-Pour functionality can help solve issues in; first, estimation, citing the actual case of the Central Park Tower; second, planning, which includes planning and pour schedule, citing the case of Polysius Vietnam; lastly, construction, eliminating problems in site work, citing the case of Skanska/Turner Concrete. He closed his presentation by comparing the Tekla BIM benefits with traditional BIM tools, and summarizing the benefits as exemplified by the Tekla users itself.


Engr. Erwin Mangubat followed Mr. Michael Evans’ talk with a live technical demonstration of Tekla Structures’ new approach to Model-Plan-Pour. Whether you design concrete structures, detail or fabricate the rebar, or plan and pour the job, Tekla software can help you become more productive and efficient in three steps: Model, quick in creating accurate models; Plan, use the 3D model to properly organize, precisely estimate, and efficiently prepare to pour the concrete; Pour, with the accurate model and defined plan, pouring concrete on site will definitely be flawless.


With today’s extreme workload, higher risk for errors that will consume all our time, BIM is definitely what we need to lessen the room for errors and increase efficiency. Now with Tekla Structures’ new Model-Plan-Pour, Tekla Structures will not only be for steel detailing and design anymore; Tekla Structures will slowly conquer the concrete industry.