Fredrik Hermansson, a senior lecturer at Mid Sweden University, has both practical and academic background on the structural engineering field. A former engineer with the globally recognized engineering firm WSP, he has taken his love for engineering and begun instilling it within the undergraduate students. Each semester 50 budding civil engineering students commence in the structural engineering courses to learn about steel structures, concrete structures, timber, and BIM.

Hermansson believes in providing students with the theoretical knowledge but also giving them hands-on access to real world, live projects. He surrounds himself with industry expertise and often invites guest lecturers to share their project and software knowledge. Prior to taking a lecturing role at Mid Sweden, Hermansson worked for WSP where he valued the company's innovative spirit, expertise and knowledge, but for him their use of Tekla software was most important. Now Hermansson utilizes Tekla for teaching engineering, and has urged his university to include Tekla within the curriculum.

Simulated problem solving with BIM

"Tekla is used within the basic engineering course. Initially students are guided through hands-on instruction with getting started guides, support materials as well as special guest lecturers from industry. This provides a basis for how students will use the software later within their studies. As the year progresses, Tekla is integrated more within project design within timber, steel structures, and BIM," Fredrik Hermansson said. Each year he provides his students with an engineering quandary to solve. During year one, the project may consist of a small industrial building, with questions related to the steel or concrete structure itself, the drawings, or related cost estimation and scheduling. The students are triggered to solve these problems by utilizing software solutions.

"We have found that Tekla Structures is the tool that satisfies our needs," Hermansson said.

Year two projects consist of steel design, working with architectural models and looking further at connections, while the third year students will be involved in solving problems with timber, including glulam and working with real world design challenges facing the industry.

“Tekla has been a great partner for Mid Sweden University. We have received the support and guidance needed from Tekla to better our program and the students enjoy the opportunity to learn and master the tools used by the industry. It helps them gain a competitive edge in the workplace,” Hermansson concluded.

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