What do you like most about your studies?  We raised this question to our Tekla Campus Students throughout the month of November and discovered that while students do like working in groups and on team projects, working on BIM models & Constructable models tops the list, but what is the difference?  Is there one?  Yes there is and students are beginning to see the importance of BIM and understand where constructability differs.  As all Constructable models are BIM , not all BIM models are Constructable. 

Constructability refers to the level of detail and development of the BIM model and allows stakeholders to help value engineer the model ultimately minimizing cost, reducing waste and saving time.  As more students across the globe are being introduced to Tekla in the curriculum they are discovering the importance of constructable models.  

For example, students in Sweden are learning how to model multiple materials and build connections while at the same use the constructable model to solve engineering quandaries as related to cost  and scheduling.  Students in India are being introduced to the entire DBO workflow (Design, Build & Operate) which is centered around fully detailed constructable model.  Allowing them to make decisions on the structural design through further model analysis.  Last month, we also introduced you to students at California Polytechnic State University who take BIM to construction in their Emerging Trends course.  This is just a snapshot of what students around the globe are learning.  

Our latest success story comes out of our Annual Tekla Global BIM Award Student Competition.  We are proud to announce Team Public Office out of TongMyong University in South Korea as our 2015 Winner.

Congratulations to all 5 team members: Jin-Uk Kim, Jeong-Hun Kim, Sung-Jae Kim, Hyeong-Geon An, Yeon-Ho Kim, Jin-Ho Shin.  

The project features an extensive building consisting of complex geometry, multiple materials, connections, and shows constructability.  The building is 11 stories, 10 above ground and 1 below, and covers 16,500 m2.  It features 562 tons of Steel and 15,541 m3 of concrete.   

The team which consisted of students from the faculties of Architecture and Architectural Engineering used multiple software programs integrated to the central Tekla model to replicate an OpenBIM workflow typically seen on projects to maximise the value engineering potential.  The students took advantage of the powerful ability to work on the same model simultaneously as they were detailing and preparing the final constructible model, allowing them to maximise communication across all 

project team members.  The team discovered file size wasn’t a problem when they added more detail due to Tekla's ability to handle such large amounts of data.  Another benefit they discovered while working with the Tekla Structures Constructable model, was the ability to maximize the value engineer potential. Running through clash detection scenarios, the team was able to reduce the amount of Steel used in the project by 5% and reduce the amount of Concrete by 10%.  Ultimately saving cost and resources.

This is how students are preparing for a future in construction, start your journey now by downloading Tekla Structures.


Congratulations Team Public Office from TongMyong University.  Job Well done!

Want a chance to show off your skills amongst the most iconic project around the world.  Take part in the 2016 Tekla Global BIM Awards.  Learn more about the competition here.