Adamstown, a new urban district west of Dublin City Centre which will house over 30,000 residents, is being developed using building information modelling software from Tekla.
The €1.2 billion Adamstown project, due for completion in 2019 by Irish pre-cast concrete manufacturer O’Reilly, was modelled in Tekla Structures, making it easier for all parties to view details in real-time, collaborate, share reference files and to visualise the structures.
Richard Kowalski, chief engineer, O’Reilly Concrete, said, “The most important realisation as a pre-cast manufacturer is how to benefit from 3D modelling, not only in the design but also in the manufacturing process. Tekla Structures enabled us to transform our 3D model onto the set of production and construction drawings quickly and easily. Our detailers were able to assess critical points in the structure and in the design connections, resulting in fewer mistakes.
“Tekla’s visualisation capability gave us a dynamic presentation tool that allowed all parties to view details in real-time. We probably wouldn’t have been able to cope with a huge project like Adamstown without Tekla Structures.”
Tekla Structures optimised productivity in-house as its efficient throughput of data reduced both detailing and lead-time errors during each phase of the project. The Tekla Structures automatically generated all O’Reilly’s GA and cast-unit drawings as well as bending schedules and reports. Furthermore, whenever modification were made, all components reacted to the change downstream.
Kowalski added, “We were able to prepare 3D drawings for the construction site showing connections and fitting sequences. This is significant because our wall connection system is quite tricky and sometimes it can be confusing for fitters. Providing them with 3D visuals definitely eliminated potential clashes prior to installation.”