Glazed structure model. Update 2

Engineering | Production | Logistics | Assembly

Continuation of a series of articles about glazed structure modeling in Tekla. So far we have created two building model with element frames (view video). There was different approach to second model. But we have also third in mind.

Façade element frames were modeled with our own plugin- Glazed Structure Frame. Each building consist of 381 frames (333 assemblies). The first model (on the right) was made in usual way – relying on imported dwg and ifc references. This method there are usually problems with precision of the references and there tends to be too many snapping points, which makes it hard to model.

However the second model (in the middle) was made with different approach. We made 3D grid for the whole building elements. There was spent 3 days on this because all the imperfections were corrected. Frames were modeled in 1 day. Since the grid was exact, we did not spent much time on optimization and imperfection corrections.

The result at this project stage is following: Model1 Vs Model2, 38hours Vs 24 hours. Both methods work, but the second model is more precise and reliable to continue work. We managed to reduce number of unique elements (6 frames out of 81) comparing to first model.

With the second model we managed to finish profile and material catalogues for this project. With every project we have made the profile and material libraries are getting bigger and taking less time for improvements.

Third model will show the idea how to model for tendering stage. That could allow us to get material list for pricing, find out potential issues for design, manufacturing and assembling (become visible in 3D) and of course visualization.

Stay tuned for project’s progress in the next post!

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