EBS partners with Tekla to put finishing touches to its Tower

Emirates Building System deploys Tekla’s x-Steel design software to fabricate and erect the building's crown.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  April 3, 2002

Emirates Building Systems (EBS) has partnered with architectural software vendor, Tekla, to put the finishing touches to the distinctive Tower property on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. The engineering firm used Tekla’s x-Steel design package to fabricate and erect the Tower’s ‘crown.’

“With a complex structure like The Tower, it’s a tremendous benefit to use technology that gives our engineers a 3-D perspective, and see firsthand how all of the different parts of the building can be integrated. Tekla’s X-Steel solution also enabled EBS to deliver The Towers’ crown with zero errors and defects in its fabrication and erection,” explains Peter Bissett, engineering manager, EBS.

As competition intensifies across the local construction industry, construction companies are turning to software to streamline the design process and reduce overall project costs through enhanced scheduling and accurate planning.

Networked and Internet-enabled solutions, including X-Steel, allow engineers to work separately but concurrently on different aspects of a building, and then aggregate the 3-D drawings from anywhere in the world via the Internet.

“Building owners across Middle East are competing to create increasingly complex and aesthetically dramatic structures. These projects require technology that accurately reflects the costs and man-hours involved. Both time and money can be saved by utilising solutions such as Tekla’s X-Steel,” comments Bissett.

The Tower is the second project on which EBS and Tekla have collaborated — the fabrication company also deployed X-Steel in the design and fabrication of the Skywalk Bridge in Dubai.

Tekla’s technology is growing in popularity across the Middle East, and has been deployed in the construction of structures including the Abu Dhabi Trade Centre, Dubai’s Grand Hyatt complex, which is still under construction and the Kingdom Trade Centre in Saudi Arabia.

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