Congratulations to our 2016 Tekla BIM Awards Student Competition winners! This year a group of students from Lodz University of Technology in Poland presented the winning project, “Alternate version of the Lodz City Gate”. The team was constructed from different faculties within the university. Karolina Malańska and Krystian Warda from civil engineering, Robert Szuba from architecture, and Katarzyna Kacorowska from environmental engineering. The team set out to come up with a new concept and idea for the Lodz City Gate. 

The current concept is designed by the Polish-American architect – Daniel Libeskind. The gate is just a portion of the massive reconstruction project of the New City Centre. The entire project also includes an underground railway station, new railway connections through the city centre, and an art and cultural zone. The student’s portion of the project consist of an office building that will also include special zones and a viewing area at the top.

Student competition winners: Student BIM Team

More on the project

The project of Lodz City Gate characterized by a modern design, includes a complex shape and consists of multiple materials: steel, reinforced concrete and glass. The building is divided into three parts, covered with a glass frameless facade. The load- bearing structure is made of steel rectangular tubes. It includes hidden screw connections so as to keep the structure aesthetically pleasing. The whole building was designed in such way to make the steel elements both load- bearing and also hold the architectural integrity. In order to make the structure lighter the team decided to use cellular beams, which would also allow them to hide installation, as well as, increase usable ceiling height. The shape of the openings was inspired by the “Angelina” profile designed by Arcelor Mittal.

The project contains many various details that were the main challenge of the project. Modelling joints took a lot of time and effort as the elements were at different angels. Almost each of the main joints needed to be made separately and couldn’t be copied. Combining the architect’s vision of the building with engineering solutions was also problematic. This was a very time-consuming process and, because of collisions, student’s team decided to introduce several major changes.

Student competition winners: The project of Lodz City Gate  Student competition winners: connections  

Work efficiency was much influenced by using tools such as phase manager, which allowed the team to organize parts in the model. Installations were prepared using CAD software and exported to Tekla as a reference model. Visualisations were made in 3ds Max program using the 3D model exported from Tekla Structures.

What is more, thanks to Tekla BIMsight students were able to easily communicate and discuss on the project. Especially for those team members who didn’t work using Tekla Structures. Tekla BIMsight turned out to be a useful tool as they were able to thoroughly analyse a 3D model. By sharing our ideas we could easily solve problems and think of new solutions. As we planned the scheme of creating the project, before we had started, we were able to finish it in less than a month.

Student competition winners: foundations   Student competition winners: construction solutions  Student competition winners: hinged support

More on the Team 

In 2015 Karolina, Krystian, Robert, and Katarzyna took part in a Tekla Structures training organized for students of the Technical University of Lodz by Construsoft Poland. They have also collected experience with Trimble tools during student internships. Such skills made way for easier and faster work, both in modeling and information exchange with team members. For use of this project, the students went to Tekla Campus and downloaded Tekla Structures for free.

These budding students are all members of the Student Research Group of Steel Structures Design in Lodz University of Technology. Their activity is focused mainly on expanding practical knowledge and skills through both teamwork and individual development.