Interview of Max Levander

We met Max Levander, a BIM professional, at his work place and asked him about his work and how have BIM skills affected his career. The laid back expert answered us thus:

My name is Max Levander and I am a structural engineer at Ramboll Finland. At the moment I do, besides the normal structural engineer’s work, BIM coordination and other BIM related tasks. A while back we had an idea that we should have a support group for Tekla Structures here within the design team. That was something I felt was very much my kind of work, and now I am the head of a small group of people helping their colleagues with Tekla Structures. We provide assistance on everyday tasks, but also hold webinars and short educational presentations.

I learned Tekla Structures at school, Novia University of Applied Sciences. Some of the teachers worked at Ramboll, and one of them held this basic course on Tekla Structures. There I used the software for the first time. Learning the basics of Tekla Structures was quite easy. It was very good to have a teacher who was using Tekla Structures at his work, so he knew exactly what he was talking about.

Tekla skills have most definitely helped me to proceed on my career. I think my knowledge on the software was one of the main reasons why I eventually got an internship for summer, and later on a vacancy at Ramboll. I have heard that everybody is searching employees who know BIM. If you are a structural engineer, especially in Finland, you have to know Tekla Structures. Most of the time working with BIM is interesting, and sometimes it is even fun!

In recent news, April 22, 2015, Max Levander received Young Consultant for 2015 award.  View the article here:


Interview of Jesse Pulli

We invited the winner of the BIM Awards Student category to celebrate and receive his winner’s diploma in the Tekla HQ. He was asked about himself, his studies and the model he submitted into the competition, and this is how the cheery young man answered:

I am Jesse Pulli, winner of 2013 BIM Awards Student category. This is my fourth year studying Building Materials and Building Technology in Aalto University. I chose this subject because I am interested in construction engineering, and these studies also include the management side of the business. Overall the subject seems to me like a balanced mix of theory and practice, not to mention the new technological advancements in the business, like Tekla Structures software.

The model I submitted for the BIM Awards was done on a course about designing the building frame. The course project was done as a group assignment, and I volunteered to do the modeling in Tekla Structures. The previous spring I was an assistant on this R-CAD course, where we go through some BIM tools and how to use them. With this experience under my belt I was glad and interested to take upon the modeling work of the project.

The building for the project was not entirely up for us to pick, but we were presented with a choice between a selection of apartment, hotel and industrial storage buildings. We did not want to pick an industrial building, so we went for a hotel building. We first thought we would go for more of an average, rectangle-shaped building, but it turned out to be this individual shape. At first we were a bit wary about it and thought we had bitten off more than we could chew. Eventually it turned out to be a good choice, because with this individual shape the modeling work was more interesting and I got to use some tools I probably would not have used if we had chosen some other building.

A minor let down to me was the fact that the building was mostly cast in place and thus I didn’t get to use the concrete elements much. I only got to use them when modeling the stairs. It would have been interesting to get to place all the concrete elements into the model, but it would have taken even more time which we did not have much to begin with. However, an interesting challenge presented itself in the form of modeling the window openings in the curved wall. I am yet to find out what is the professional way to model them, so it was interesting finding my own solution for this challenge.

In my university, there are two courses for learning the use of BIM tools. On the first course, R-CAD, four different BIM tools are taught, with the addition of an alternating analysis application. The four software are taught in turns and for each of them a corresponding project is assigned. There are also weekly exercise sessions, where students can ask for help from the assistants. In addition to the R-CAD course, we have this course about designing the building frame, but here the tools and roles in the course work are chosen by the students.

I have done some self-learning for Tekla Structures and for example, on this course I needed to search for guidance on how to model the stairs. It was definitely beneficial having previous knowledge about the use of Tekla Structures on this project work, so I did not have to start from scratch and use precious time for learning the software instead of doing the actual modeling. The university courses are nice, but I would like to learn more about how the software is used in a real construction project and how it makes the work easier.

Knowledge of BIM tools is valuable for your career, I think. The construction companies use these tools more and more, and in the future they will be used on every sector of the construction business. Then it will definitely be compulsory for anyone working in the business to know how to use them.

Interview with a Senior Structural Technician at Arup

Joe Dukelow works as a Senior Structural Technician at Arup.

What did you study and why?

I left school at 16 and initially wanted to start a career within the construction industry which led me to Arup and to the Engineering industry. I undertook part time study at Arup as part of my training and development, undertaking a National Certificate in Civil Engineering, taking 2 years, and then a Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering of equal duration. I then progressed on to a Higher National Diploma where I focused on Structural Engineering & Design.

How did you learn Tekla?

After initial training courses delivered by Tekla, the largest part of learning Tekla Structures has come from ‘on the job experience’. I have successfully complete six large scale projects with Tekla Structures over my 10 year career. Attending webinars and Tekla training courses has enabled me to keep up to date with changes and updates to the software and has helped with further learning. If Tekla Campus had existed when I first started to get to grips with the software I would have undoubtedly used that as a learning tool.

How is working at Arup?

Working at Arup is good, it’s a friendly and inclusive firm. If you are driven and work hard, you gain trust and often can proceed in the direction you want to with your career. Experience goes a long way but throughout your career - even when more junior - you get the opportunity to participate in wide range of projects varying of size, complexity and scale. To me, the most important and interesting projects that I have been a part of include The Leadenhall BuildingProject Ove, The Pinnacle and one of my first projects, Limeburner Lane Substation.

Has knowing Tekla impacted your career?

Tekla has been interlaced to my career. It has enabled me with various teams to deliver high profile projects successfully. Using the software has ensured improved efficiency and project delivery to a high standard. Delivering Projects using Tekla Structures is a rewarding process!

Fredrik Hermansson teaches engineering using BIM software

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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“I have understood how steel connections actually work”

Viraj Voditel is not your average student. His love for structures started as a child and he has been working towards his dream ever since. We interviewed this bright budding civil engineer and discovered drive, passion and hard work do pay off.

Viraj is currently attending school at Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India. Studying Civil Engineering and expected to graduate in 2015, he would like to pursue a career in structural engineering. His goal is to help India improve on its infrastructure and development.

“Buildings have always fascinated me and I always wanted to know how mega structures were constructed,” commented Viraj. Although adept at his studies throughout college, Viraj likes to expose himself to new innovations, technology and skills found throughout industry research. “My love for technology exposed me to BIM, and it is changing the way I look at the structures around me.” This passion for technology drove Viraj to Tekla.

Viraj registered to Tekla Campus in June 2014 and has been actively learning with the online tutorials, gaining knowledge on BIM, Tekla Structures, and getting to know some exciting industry success stories. The extracurricular learning material proved beneficial for his studies. “I have used it to increase my knowledge in the courses "Design of Steel Structures" and "Design of Concrete Structures" that are taught at my college. For example, I have understood how steel connections actually work in real life using the models I built in Tekla and I feel that my understanding would have been limited if not for it!”

Viraj continues to inspire others within his school. He has been the President and the Executive Coordinator for the Civil Engineering Association at BITS Pilani and has worked to introduce “Archetype”, a three day annual fest which hosts various construction themed events, quizzes, and workshops.  Learn more about Viraj by visiting his Tekla Campus Profile.   

A student pushing the boundaries with BIM

As a student you can not only begin learning the tools and processes that make up BIM but also find new ways of utilizing its possibilities, just like Adil Bari.  Inspiring students like him are testing the boundaries of BIM and discovering new & innovative ways of using BIM to build better, cut costs, improve communication, save time and avoid rework.

Adil Bari is an aspiring civil engineering post graduate student who is studying at TU Dresden while also working an internship as a structural engineer with Max Bögl, one of Germany's largest contractors.  He decided to take his interest in BIM and his love for civil engineering to start a pilot research project that would also result in the production of his final master's thesis.  The goal is to discuss how Building Information Modeling (BIM) based data collection and data mining techniques in the construction industry can predict progress status of a construction project.  He took his research further by studying the use of data visualization.

“I chose this topic because I love to do innovative things such as creating BIM Apps, and blogging about software and new technology,” says Adil Bari. 

Adil graduated from NED University of Engineering & Technology in Pakistan with a B.E. in Civil Engineering, focusing on Structural Engineering & BIM. Upon graduation Adil began an internship as a structural engineer with Mushtaq & Bilal, where he decided his true passion for civil engineering centered on structural analysis. This is when he decided to continue his studies in Germany at TU Dresden, by enrolling in the Master’s program, Advanced Computational Civil Engineering and Structural Studies (known as ACCESS). ACCESS seeks to facilitate the development of a strong knowledge base in the field of computational mechanics and structural analysis, working collaboratively with advanced civil engineering design.

It was during this course his interest grew further and he began to see the limitless opportunities BIM has to offer the industry.  As his studies progressed, Adil began working as an intern for Max Bögl where he was introduced to Tekla Structures and saw how using it could transform the structural engineering and construction workflows. He created a free account on Tekla Campus and began learning more about Tekla’s constructable models. 

Max Bögl also allowed Adil to put some of his research and studies to work. By the end of his research, three sample projects had been presented to the department head. You can find Adil’s research via his blog post at

If you want to push the limits of BIM like Adil, start by joining Tekla Campus, an online academy to learn the basics of Tekla Structures.

Then look into internships.  Many of the top engineering firms have graduate and internship opportunities, which is how many engineers got their start. 

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A student on his way to designing Mega projects

Dang Gia Thuan is a talented and budding structural engineering student from the University of Transport & Communications in Hanoi Vietnam. Currently in his fourth year, he will soon graduate. 

Thuan choose his degree because he loves structures, most importantly bridges, and wants to discover better ways of designing and building them. His passion for this industry speaks through his vibrant imagination and diligent work ethic. Last year, he took on a self-study project after being introduced to Tekla Structures by his professor. 

“I wanted to learn about BIM to improve my career opportunities,” said Thuan. “I was taking the course Designing Concrete Bridges and Buildings and downloaded Tekla Structures from Tekla Campus. I learned how to use Tekla with the online study material at Tekla Campus and finished one of my initial designs, The Dragon Bridge, in January.”

Thuan continues to submerse himself in his studies and building a portfolio to show his experience and talent. His goal is to work for an international engineering and construction company where he will work on projects ranging from infrastructure to factories and process plants. 

Check out Thuan’s profile and discover more about this gifted student. 

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Gia Thuan's Dragon Bridge

A student's journey into BIM

A student’s ambition can take him far in college and career but it’s the dedicated professor who inspires him. As Nikos Kazantzakis said so eloquently, “Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.”

Luckily we have these encouraging students venturing off after college and taking part of some of the most exciting and astonishing structural projects around the world. Maciej Lemanowicz, a recent Masters graduate from Poznan University of Technology didn’t know the path he wanted to take. He knew he had a passion for technology and interest in engineering but didn’t fully understand all the different roles played within engineering. He started out as an Environmental Engineer student, but quickly transferred to Civil Engineering after a year of having found a special interest in structural engineering projects. It was his professor, who introduced him to another side of engineering.

“I became fascinated by the organizational aspects of construction projects,” Maciej says. “I found myself often asking how all these parties involved in big projects manage to successfully bring them to completion?” Surely most of us at one time or another asked a very similar question. 

Once he convened the following year and started diving more and more into his studies he became immersed in the technology and processes used within the construction industry,   especially Building Information Modeling. During a course on BIM, one of Maciej’s professors gave a lecture on Tekla Structures, showing connections between the architecture model, the structural model and then the data flow through the construction process.

“This is when I began to understand the communication challenges but I also began to understand the importance of a fully detailed model. Tekla Structures helped me to see the project come to life virtually,” Maciej continues. 

This budding student continues to test the industry and learn. For his Master Thesis Maciej chose to dive into the topic of BIM in support of Civil & Structural engineering, simply naming it “BIM as a future standard for Structural & Civil Engineers”. Graduated  a Master of Science in Engineering in the field of Civil Engineering, with a 4.81 GPA, he specialized in Structural Engineering, Maciej is now starting his career successfully.   

His recommendation for future students: “Find what you like the most about the business, hold onto it and try to build your career on it. Use every opportunity that makes your work bigger and more interesting. This right approach will let you overcome difficulties more than anything else.”

Students can start to build their career right now: Download and learn Tekla Structures, free 3D modeling software, today.

Technology is not just for Consumer Electronics

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Bruno Ribeiro is a shining example of a student with a passion to make things better.  As a child he was fascinated with civil engineering, enjoying TV documentaries vs cartoons.  He knew that once he graduated from high school, he would pursue a degree in civil engineering.  

During his initial year as a budding college student at the University of Minho, he began to realize the struggles facing the building and construction industry.  “I felt the construction industry was just not evolving as quickly as consumer electronics, and I saw BIM as a possibility to connect technology to construction,” says Bruno.    “I felt that if I took the time to learn and develop my BIM skills it would improve my career opportunities and it has paid off.  I graduated in May 2015 and have already had 3 job offers.”  He is now working as a BIM Consultant with BIMMS (Building Information Modeling & Management Solutions).  He chose this opportunity because it allows him to apply much of his thesis work to helping other companies implement BIM. 

 “We are grateful to have Bruno, he came to us with much Tekla knowledge, thanks to Tekla Campus, and we see this as an advantage for companies who are wanting to use BIM to automate more of their workflows.  With the skills shortage that the industry faces it’s great that Tekla has the foresight to support students who are the future software users,” said Jose Carlos Lino, BIMMS’ General Manager.  

Bruno has made learning BIM and the technologies available to him his top priority.  He was introduced to Tekla Structures during a course Building Information Modeling: Conception, Design & Construction.  It was during this course that he saw the potential BIM truly offered the industry. 

 “I was introduced to many different BIM platforms but realized the benefits Tekla Structures offered and used it for many different functions within project development like modeling, detailing, reporting, documentation and task management.” Bruno mentions.   Realizing that there was much to learn, he took time to improve his skills by downloading his personal copy of Tekla Structures via Tekla Campus and beginning self-study using the online tutorials.  

Bruno completed his Master’s Thesis and graduated with a MS in Civil Engineering in May of 2015.  His thesis titled Application of BIM Methodologies to bridges was combination of research, as well, as applying his understanding to a live project.  Bruno worked closely with CASAIS Construction Company to model the Bridge over the River Dao. 

His final model included all concrete elements and most of the reinforcements.  He also included the construction scheduling using the Tekla Structures Task Manager.  Bruno placed 1st in the Tekla Portugal Student BIM Award 2014 Competition and was a runner up in the Tekla Global BIM Awards – 2014 Student competition.  

Learn more about this talented student by visiting his Tekla Campus profile.  Watch a video of his model, the Bridge over the River Dao below. 

The Bridge over the River Dao

A student renovates with Tekla Structures

Introducing Simeon Doychinov, a student from Häme University of Applied Sciences in Hämeenlinna, Finland.  Simeon discovered his passion for the building and construction industry early in life.  At 15 he focused on Architecture because he liked painting and was good with math and felt architecture offered him the opportunity to apply both of these skills.  Upon finishing his early school years he entered a vocational school and was introduced to construction and engineering.  

Engineering, then took center stage and Simeon has been focused on this career path ever since.  

He is not limiting himself to one area, as he has enjoyed every aspect of Engineering from Construction Management to Civil Engineering, to Structural Engineering.  He also is not constricted to a project type.  He can see himself working on all project types from infrastructure, to commercial buildings, to factories and process plants, however, he has come to realize his material of choice is Steel. 

While finishing his final year at Häme University, Simeon, decided to take BIM to the next level and focus on renovation.  There a many restoration projects happening in his home town and he wanted to see how using workflow processes he has learned about like BIM could be used to facilitate these types of projects.  His final thesis entitle “Construction design for a renovation project with the use of Tekla Structures” focused on the Peltossari Residential project.   


The thesis consisted of making a virtual model of the commercial buildings frame and parts of it façade and then using the model to generate more modern alternatives to the 30-year old construction.  

Additionally the model was used to make suggestions for the addition of a second floor on top of the old frame. 

These subsequent models were then used to generate demolition and construction schedules, as well as, full material take-off’s.   The construction of this project has not yet started but Simeon’s models will be used for the feasibility plans of the project and as a basis for further modeling, which will reduce the workload and time and consequently some of the costs.


What is so great about this student, is that Simeon discovered BIM isn’t just about new builds but can be applied to many different construction projects as demonstrated here. 

 In the future as more BIM models will be available, restoration projects of buildings should also become easier especially when those models contain such a high level of development.   More details means better informed decisions!  

Simeon started his journey on Tekla Campus, March of 2014, and used the free software and learning resources the Tekla Campus offered in order to improve his BIM and modeling skills. Simeon has recently started his master's degree in Denmark at the Danish Technical University in Lyngby.  Learn more about this inspired student by visiting his Tekla Campus Profile.  


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“I want to improve my countries infrastructure”

Alyssa Anne Ibanez Acha is an undergraduate student studying civil and structural engineering at the Institute of Technical Education, Singapore.  As a child she remembered watching her father create drawing plans and had always had the desire to follow in his footsteps. Originally, she was thinking of becoming an architect as well, but as she dove further into her studies she discovered her passion to work with structures.  “Growing up in the Philippines, I experienced many natural disasters such as flooding and earthquakes.  I want to contribute to my countries infrastructure and help design and build structures that can withstand these types of disasters,” said Alyssa.  

During her final semester at ITE, Alyssa took every opportunity to learn the tools of the trade and discover the many opportunities found within building & construction. One of her favorite courses was the Building Information Modeling Design Course, where Tekla Structures is the main tool learned.  The course is a collaboration between industry and academia and engages students in real world projects.    

The course teaches students how to produce 3D constructible models, 2D drawings, and fabrication drawings.  Students are initially guided through a hands-on Tekla Structures lecture, and then introduced to Tekla Campus where they dive through more interactive tutorials.  “Tekla Campus is great because it provides easy to use tutorials to learn Tekla Structures, but it also helped me to understand the industry”, says Alyssa.

Her favorite part of the course was the final project, where students are asked to model & build a physical model using everything they have learned throughout the past 2 years.  Alyssa, named captain by her team mates, found herself leading her project team in designing a semi-detached house, complete with an architectural & structural 3D model, as well as, the physical model.    Like any team project, Alyssa, learned how important time management and patience is.  She and her team worked well together and even through indecisive moments, realized that teamwork and cooperation is the key to a smooth and easy working relationship.  


Towards the end of Alyssa’s courses, she was awarded the Tekla BIM Scholarship, which is a joint scholarship between Tekla, ITE, & local industry partners.  This scholarship provided Alyssa an opportunity to work as an intern at Sunway Precast while on her winter break from classes.  Using this experience helped her to decide what side of the office she finds herself working in the future.  Alyssa put her classroom experience to test and helped to model & detail her first real-world project at Sunway.  “It was very hard, but I am glad I finished and it secured my interest in working with models moving forward”, said Alyssa.

“The Tekla BIM scholarship with industrial attachment not only provided opportunity for our students to learn the skill of using the BIM software, it also bridged the gap between school based training and real life project application. The scholarship recipients were excited to have taken part in real industrial projects. They learn more of the industry practices and are more prepared to join the industry after their study,” said KWAN King Kuen, Senior Lecturer / Engineering Design, School of Engineering, Institute Technical Education.

Alyssa will continue her education at the Building & Construction Authority Academy upon graduation and wants to focus on Construction Engineering.  

Whether you want to help improve your countries infrastructure, leave your mark on society, or get your hands dirty in the field of construction, you can start by Building your Future like Alyssa here on Tekla Campus.  

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As students what inspires you to study structural engineering

As students what inspires you to study structural engineering.  "Structures have always fascinated me."  Avishek Dutta is a budding civil engineering student from Meghnad Saha Institute of Technology in India. His passion for structures began as a child.  Avishek would follow his father, a mechanical engineer, around with admiration.  He began to realize early on that the mechanical equipment his dad introduced him to was not exactly what excited him but the steel structures that supported the equipment. Seeing this, his father began to feed him more and more material.  He share photos and videos of different types of industrial facilities, which ultimately began Avishek’s journey into structures. One of his earliest memories was when his father introduced him to a conveyor system. Avishek used this memory for inspiration in one of his initial models.

His father also introduced him to BIM and Tekla Structures.  His father learned of Tekla Structures through work and share this with Avishek.

Avishek downloaded Tekla Structures via Tekla Campus.  He began learning how to use it in his personal time.  "I used the tutorials on Tekla Campus, then discovered other materials online."   He also researched BIM and became fascinated with the subject matter.  Avishek immediately realized how this workflow can benefit industry close to his home.

“BIM should be mandatory for any medium to large infrastructure project.  In a country like India, with so much population, it is important to minimize material waste and project time.  This will ensure that we can provide a cost effective solution for everyone. I know there is a lot I still need to learn.  I have seen the benefits of Tekla Structures and how industry is currently using this tool to visualize projects, reduce material and save money," he says.    

While completing his undergraduate degree, he was able to use the knowledge he had gained through learning Tekla Structures to understanding his coursework.  “I was able to visualize the entire system as a whole.  As a student in India, there is no such opportunity to work on live projects.  Using Tekla Structures I was able to understand the practical aspect of the utilities being designed.  It also helped me to understand how steel connections and restrain connections work,” he recommends.

Avishek is busy with his school work and student organization.  He takes the time to share his knowledge with his classmates and has inspired other students to learn Tekla Structures and BIM.  "Whatever we see in nature is perfectly structurally balanced and it should be our inspiration for design, especially anyone who wants to study structural engineering.  We should work towards a more sustainable, cost-effective design that benefits our whole society, as well as, future generations.”

Avishek recently participated in the 2015 Tekla Global BIM Awards Student Competition.  His entry of an Industrial Building was modeled as a result of a winter internship where he visited a thermal power plant.  

Above you can see the model Avishek presented during the Student BIM Competition.  He is still finishing his coursework and contemplating his entry into graduate school.  He is also currently interviewing.  To learn more about this aspiring student visit his personal Tekla Campus Profile page

“BIM is important for the entire building construction process…”

"BIM is important for the entire building construction process...."  Our students on Tekla Campus, all have stories to tell.  They are the future of our AEC industry.  They are perfecting their skills by learning the technology and finding new ways to use these tools to improve processes and workflow.  Ultimately creating eco-friendly structures that are not only visually pleasing to look at but also structurally sound and smart.  Students all over the world are learning about BIM and the tools used in the industry that support BIM.  They are individually tasking themselves with learning not only the current workflows but how these tools can ignite future innovations.  Enrique Posadas, a budding structural engineering student, from the Universidad Autonoma Del Estado de Mexico is a shining example of the hard work our students are showing.  

“In my university currently there is no course teaching BIM, but I know that for me to be successful in industry I need to learn BIM”, commented Enrique.  “I was introduced to Tekla Structures through my work. I was handed a set of drawings.  They were so so detailed so I asked him what software he used?.”  Enrique began his search on the internet to discover more about Tekla Structures and found Tekla Campus, where he downloaded his free personal learning edition.  “I like how Tekla Campus shares industry case studies.  I can learn about the challenges the industry is currently facing and how the companies use the tools to solve these challenges.”  

Enrique is currently working as a structural engineer assistant at Caabsa Steel while he finishes his degree.  He originally began his studies learning about structural design, but with the encouragement of his professor his is now pursuing a degree in structural engineering.  “BIM is an important in the entire building construction process, and as a structural engineer, I feel, I will need to be part of this,” said Enrique.   

He is also helping other students in his university learn more about the tools.  Enrique was our Tekla Campus “Invite a Friend” winner for the month of March.  He reached out to his fellow students and shared the word about Tekla Campus.  You can follow Enrique’s progress via Tekla Campus here.  






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Tekla Structures in efficient use at TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland is the largest and most experienced provider of further education and training in Queensland offering practical, industry-related training to over 180,000 students annually, across more than 500 program areas.

TAFE Queensland, BIM, Structural Engineering

A good example of the industry related training is the Associate Degree in Civil Engineering, where students are exposed to tools and processes used in the real world.

“We include Tekla Structures in our curriculum at TAFE Queensland to emulate a real working environment,” explains Peter De Wet, a senior lecturer at the Southbank Campus. “Using Tekla Structures we can expose our students to structural software and introduce 3D modelling. We can then integrate the Tekla model into an interdisciplinary model, introducing the BIM philosophy to the students.”

Tekla Structures is used across many courses to educate the students on structural steel and concrete industry workflows and Building Information Modelling (BIM) - which is a key driver in the industry today. More than 70 students a year see these workflows using Tekla Structures firsthand. “The students enjoy using Tekla Structures and find that it’s easy to become experts with practice. They are provided instructions during class and are also encouraged to utilise the free Tekla Campus product, and its instructional content, at home” Peter says.

“We use a range of programs in our courses, including Revit, AutoCAD and 12D, as they all have unique applications. However we find the constructible models in Tekla ideal for teaching students how a building goes together. It highlights that they can see problems with their design in virtual reality before the designs are passed on” concludes Peter.

“The future in construction is computers and automation”

Students all around the world are diving into their studies learning about the future in construction. They are learning about the challenges facing the building and construction sector, as well as, being inspired by new innovations. The most eager students often seek avenues outside of school to stay informed. Ibrahim Mohammad, a student from Ostfold University College in Norway is doing just that.  

Ibrahim is a budding student, who chose to study civil engineering. Students like Ibrahim are immersed in multiple topics from strength of materials to construction project management. They are laced with understanding the theoretical foundation of design and construction and then putting their understandings into action.

The geography of Norway poses some extra challenges for this trade.  In Norway we have the steep-sloped fjords and extreme winter conditions to contend with.  

“Norway is in need of people to design and improve our infrastructure. I've chosen to work in construction upon graduation.  My idea is to work for a few years before I proceed with my master’s degree.  I want to understand firsthand the issues in the workplace.  I can then use this knowledge in my master’s degree to help secure a solution,” says Ibrahim.

Ibrahim is interested in all types of projects after graduation. He can see himself working on roadways, buildings or even factories.  He has also not decided on one path within construction.  He plans to graduate in 2017 but for the time being, he is driven to learn and digest as much information about the industry as possible.  

"I am also very interested in BIM.  I believe the future in construction will be more computing and automation. We need to find more clever methods to save time and money while at the same improving quality," he says. 

Spreading the word

“I learned about Tekla Campus through the internet. I searched for BIM software and discovered Tekla Structures while watching a YouTube video. It was then I realized I needed to learn Tekla”, says Ibrahim. “Tekla Campus has been great because it has given me access to both software and learning materials.  Another benefit was diving into case studies & webinars.”

Ibrahim has shared Tekla Campus with his classmates and was the Invite a Friend Winner for the month of April.  He invited over 90 of his classmates to join Tekla Campus. Over the summer, Ibrahim worked as a project engineer for AF Gruppen and continue his studies in autumn.

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"I want to leave my mark on society"

“I don’t want to live for 100 years.  I want to leave my mark on society and have the structures I design and build be remembered and seen for hundreds of years to come”

Ahtesham Mulla is a passionate student from AGM Rural College of Engineering and Technology.  He has been around civil engineering ever since childhood and always knew he would pursue it one day.  Both of his parents are civil engineers and Ahtesham had always been inspired by their work and wants to inspire others out there as well.  “For me this is not just a profession, it’s my passion, my dream, my life”, said Ahtesham.  One thing that sets Ahtesham apart is his love for technology.  “I am always finding ways to utilize technology to solve problems and improve processes around me.  I feel there is so much automation that can been improved upon in civil engineering and we need to push the limits of these tools”.  “My goal is to work on projects which will break through the walls of science limitations.”    

Ahtesham discovered Tekla Structures from his professor during his Fundamentals of Construction Management course, where students are introduced to many software tools that are used in the construction industry.  He then took it upon himself to learn Tekla further, by downloading his free student version via Tekla Campus.   “I was in search of software that I could design, analyze and model structures with.  Once I found Tekla my search was over”.  Ahtesham is taking time to learn Tekla Structures and sharing with his peers.  He shared Tekla Campus with so many that he was our “Invite a Friend” winner for October.  

Ahtesham is currently in his final year and will be graduating with a Bachelors of Civil Engineering, January 2017.  He wants to pursue a career upon graduation and work on infrastructure or buildings.  He is open to all aspects of engineering as he still has a lot to learn but in the end he wants to work on structures that will leave their mark on society.  

Our Invite a Friend Competition is live and we will be announcing another winner in December.  Take time to invite your friends today.  

Meet Christopher Khrisna, Senior at Universitas Diponegoro Indonesia

Meet Christopher Khrisna, senior at Universitas Diponengoro Indonesia.  Christopher decided long ago that he wanted to study Civil Engineering.  His goal is to become a structural engineer.  Growing up he saw many challenges around his country and wants to improve his country’s infrastructure. Christopher is currently finishing up his bachelor’s degree and plans to graduate later this year.  

While still in his studies, he is taking advantage of learning as many tools as possible and sharing his knowledge with his peers.  Christopher was our February “Invite a Friend” winner.  While his dreams are to make beautiful tall structures, he is not limiting his focus on buildings alone.  His passion centers on all aspects of structures, and can see himself working on bridges, roadways, commercial buildings, even hospital and educational facilities.  He also enjoys all aspects of construction at this time and wants to dive into multiple areas from testing the structures safety as a structural engineer, to cost estimation and, project management.  But once he graduates, he plans to sign on as a government contractor to start his career.

Christopher is certainly off to a good start.  He discovered Tekla Structures through a course in school and wants to focus much of his attention on understanding BIM in Construction and how he can use the tools to benefit projects moving forward. After participating in a Tekla Structures certification class, he received certification on Tekla Structures. 

He also participated in the Indocement Awards 2016, a construction competition in Indonesia, where student teams compete in multiple categories from architectural design to fabricated house design and concrete technology. Students also compete in multiple soft topics like writing, reliability, process, and best methods. Christopher and his teammates entered their project “RIPTA” into the fabricated house design competition and although they did not win, they feel they did learn much through this process that will take them further in their journey to becoming top notch civil engineering professionals.

To learn more about Christopher visit his Tekla Campus Profile here.

“Construction Management at Cal Poly has given me the opportunity to learn and explore construction project planning.”

Trey Garcia is a Construction Management student finishing the third year at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly).  His goal is to to pursue a career with a general contracting company upon graduation. 
“I grew up around the construction industry.  My father is an electrician, and I have always been intrigued with the logistics and planning that went into each job,” said Trey. “I realized I wanted to be part of the planning. As a student in the  construction management program at Cal Poly, I have been given the opportunity to learn and explore construction project planning,” he continued.
Construction Management, Trimble Dimensions, Calpoly 

“We get introduced to many different programs throughout our studies. I discovered Tekla during our Building Information Modeling & Emerging Trends courses,” said Trey. He learned Tekla Structures, by taking it on like a class project. He joined Tekla Campus and used the free online tutorials as well as watched Youtube videos. In addition, he took advantage of the online Tekla User Assistance, which he could access through his school’s Tekla Maintenance contract.  

“I like how user friendly Tekla is and how capable of a software solution it is. This software can be used from conceptual design to final product with functionalities such as the Task Manager, and Organizer. These come in very handy with project management,” said Trey.    
Trey currently helps his professors at Cal Poly by teaching Tekla Structures to students in the Building Information Modeling and Emerging Trends courses. He is also involved in the BIM Club & Associated Students of Construction Management at Cal Poly. At the Annual ASC Region 6&7 Student Competition, he has used Tekla Structures to help his team win. Here students are given 16 hours to show their knowledge and understanding in Virtual Design and Construction. They are judged in five areas:  Use of 3D models, site logistics, 3D coordination, estimating and  scheduling. Student teams must present their solutions and explain the integrated approach taken to solve the problems.  
Trey and fellow student Trevor, along with their professor Elbert Speidel, also had the opportunity to present at the 2016 Trimble Dimensions Conference. Their presentation titled "How Universities can take a leading role in supporting industry advancements in BIM" was well received.  
Trey is graduating June next year, and wants to pursue a career with a general contracting company.  He enjoys estimating, project scheduling, and design and leaves himself open to all areas within construction management.  “The knowledge and experience I have gained at Cal Poly is definitely preparing me for a future career. My recommendation to other students is to experience many different software programs and find which one works best for you. Tekla works very well for me,” mentioned Trey.  

On His Way to an exciting career in structural engineering: Drilon Rraci

On His Way to an exciting career in structural engineering:  Drilon Rraci, a postgraduate student from University of Maribor in Slovenia.  Drilon is currently working on his master’s thesis in the Erasmus Mundus_Join EU-SEE PENTA Programme. He has always been fond of buildings and structures in general but discovered while in secondary education his knack and love of natural sciences and math, and this started him on his journey into civil engineering. After successfully completing his civil engineering undergraduate studies, where he focused on structural engineering, he thought the only next move would be to continue with his masters. 

Drilon has been active while completing his studies. He has worked and interned with many top companies like M3 Engineering & M3 Anlegg AS, Solar Green Energy, IMK Steel Construction and SGE Company, handling various designing, structural, construction functions.

It was while working in these companies he discovered Tekla Structures. “Being part of these companies, I’ve had the opportunity to improve my skills as a supervising engineer, software engineer, and modeler of steel structures using advanced BIM software, Tekla Structures,” said Drilon.  

“I am a fan of all structures but would like to see myself working on infrastructure projects like bridges or tunnels, as well as commercial buildings or even factory facilities. I’ve worked with steel structures within my previous roles, but would also like to model concrete and would also consider looking at more designing or engineering roles like structural engineering, detailing, or fabrication,” continues Drilon.  

Currently Drilon is working on his thesis “Interoperability between Architectural and Structural BIM software in the Case of a Mall Project.”  He has just begun and is currently analyzing many different software packages like AutoCAD, SAP2000, SoFiSTik, Dlubal, Tower and Tekla Structures. He hopes to explain the interoperability of these software solutions in connection to the erection and completion of the mall project.  

“I like that Tekla Structures is user-friendly, and enables the creation of large complex models. I also like that I can run a clash check directly in the model, not to mention access to hundreds of 3D parametric components and the flexibility to create custom components.  All of this automation and the reports I am able to generate directly from the model saves an enormous amount of time,” said Drilon and continues: “I am using Tekla Structures for all the modeling, detailing, drawings and reports for my thesis.” 

“Learning Tekla Structures was easy. I had a friend who introduced me to Tekla Campus and I walked through all the learning materials there.”

Drilon is well on his way to securing his future in structural engineering.  He plans to finish his thesis December 2017 and looks forward to beginning his journey into the professional world.

“My recommendation for other students is to always be on the hunt to find the best solution for any kind of problem you will face during your journey,” commented Drilon.

Learn more about Drilon via his Tekla Campus profile here.


“As civil engineers we have the potential to impact the structures around us.”

Meet Amelhan Nikondear, a civil engineering student from Polytechnic of Bandung in Indonesia.  Amelhan has always been interested in pursuing a career in civil engineering, since as a child growing up in Indonesia, Amelhan witnessed many infrastructure-related challenges.

“My country needs a lot of development so I’d like to use my degree and contribute the knowledge I’ve gained to fixing Indonesia’s infrastructure needs,” says Amelhan.  

Through his studies, Amelhan has discovered his passion for designing and estimating structures. He enjoys using software and technology and was introduced to Tekla Structures through a professor at the school. “I find Tekla Structures to be extremely easy to work with and I like using the Tekla Organizer to quickly calculate quantities,” says Amelhan. “In my classes, I have used Tekla Structures to model, prepare drawings and build reports,” continued Amelhan.

Upon graduation, Amelhan plans to find a career with an engineering firm and continue to develop his skills. He can see himself working on multiple types of structures from bridges, factory facilities, and even entertainment or sporting arenas. “I am most interested in steel structures and would like to be involved in the structural engineering of large structures using steel, but most importantly, I want to leave my mark of society and help build better infrastructure here in Indonesia”, says Amelhan.  

“My recommendation to other students is to find something you're passionate about. Civil engineering is great because as civil engineers we have the potential to impact the structures around us. “


The excitement of receiving a Tekla Global BIM Award at Trimble Dimensions 2018

Trimble organizes Tekla Global BIM Awards every 2 years. Over 140 projects were entered in 2018, with winners selected from 36 countries. You can view the winning projects here. In the student category,  the team consisting of Fatih Yesevi OKUR, Ebru KALKAN, Ergün ERDOĞAN, and Rufai DEMİR, from Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey, has won with a project called BlackSea-TORM.

BlackSea-TORM is designed as an Expo fair building concept with a windfall form used in the design of the structure, taking into consideration the renewable and sustainable energy theme. You can read here about the challenges, and the ways in which each were addressed.  

The jury evaluated entries based on 4 criteria:

  • Use of BIM and Collaboration: Model lifecycle, the collaboration between multiple participants, and use of IFC and open BIM
  • Innovative use of Tekla software: Challenges solved with Tekla and innovative ways of utilizing BIM
  • Constructibility: Level of Development (LOD), multi-material aspect and complexity of geometry
  • The Cool Factor: Impressiveness and uniqueness of the project and creativity in execution

The award ceremony took place during the University Symposium at Trimble Dimensions, an international user event organized biennially and held in Las Vegas.  This year is the first time Trimble organized to invite a select group of faculty from architecture, engineering, construction management, and geomatics programs within universities around the world to conduct a University symposium. Fatih Yesevi OKUR and Ebru KALKAN joined the sessions.











Denis McNelis, Engineering Manager at BAM, Higgs & Hill, LLC, and Paul Wallet, Regional Director, Trimble Solutions Middle East & India, presented the award to the winning students.  They stated, “We are very happy that we won the BIM award that Trimble organized, and we are honoured that Trimble gave us this opportunity to participate in University Symposium.” The students were introduced to Tekla Structures at their university. Through Tekla Campus, they were familiarized with BIM and constructability. As their interest grew, they upskilled their work by using open API. The whole journey of the winning team towards the award ceremony is told in this video which was created by students themselves.












We wish them the best luck and continuation of their success.


An engineering career fueled by Tekla knowledge

Krystian Warda, a young Polish structural engineer, comes from Lodz, a large post-industrial city in Poland, where people think its winter is even colder than that in Game of Thrones.

Krystian’s civil engineering path started at Lodz University of Technology in 2012. The first encounter with Tekla software for him was at Student Scientific Association meetings within his university.  During these gatherings, the students shared their knowledge about Tekla Campus, which was recently launched. Later in his university studies, Krystian took part in a 3-day Tekla Structures training course, organized by Construsoft Poland, to gain valuable experience and a better understanding of modelling in a 3D environment. Since then, he’s used Tekla Structures for his student projects.

“The Professors in my university actually were giving better marks for the projects which were done using 3D software. So, I started using Tekla Campus resources because it was very intuitive and free for students.”

Additionally, during his studies, he actively took part in numerous national and international student competitions, including Tekla Global BIM Awards 2016. He won the Student Category competition together with his teammates with the project Lodz City Gate. He also garnered an internship at an engineering company where he started using Tekla Structures on real projects under the supervision of experienced senior engineers.










After graduating with a bachelor degree, and thanks to his victory in Tekla Global BIM Awards, he was hired by an international engineering consultancy company in London. There, he was involved in a unique modular project of a 21-storey apartment block, which was fully detailed with Tekla Structures.

“I believe modular off-site construction has great potential across all building sectors and Tekla Structures is a perfect fit for complex projects like those modular ones.”

Currently, Krystian is working at an engineering consultancy company in Warsaw as Project Manager Assistant on large scale industrial projects, where his engineering background and experience with Tekla software ensure good communication with his engineering team and delivery of successful projects.

“Tekla Structures is a very powerful tool, and I personally recommend it for steel and concrete detailing.”

Learn more about Krystian on LinkedIn.