Tekla’s BIM Solution creates world’s most inclined tower

Published November 2nd, 2009 - 02:21 GMT

Tekla has announced that its Structures BIM (Building Information Modeling) software has been used to design Capital Gate, ADNEC’s (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company) gravity-defying tower in the UAE capital.

The tower’s engineers have created an 18 degree westward lean – four times the inclination on the Leaning Tower of Pisa – using diagrid structures that are aligned geometrically using Tekla Structures BIM (Building Information Modeling) software.

Tekla Structures software has been used to model some of the world’s most recent iconic buildings. It allows for gravity-defying architectural designs to be created using three-dimensional modeling. 

Three dimensional coordinates for each diagrid component are calculated using Tekla software that ensures seamless integration and assembly of the frame and supporting beams.

“Tekla solutions help craft even the most complicated designs, and Capital Gate is yet another example of Tekla’s ability to help design and model iconic marvels,” said Tahir Sharif, Managing Director of Tekla Middle East.

Other iconic structures around the world that have used diagrid and Tekla technology include Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium, the Hearst Tower in New York, Abu Dhabi’s Aldar HQ, and the Swiss Re (Gherkin) building in London , to name a few.

ADNEC’s Capital Gate is a 35 storey, 160 metre tower with an 18 degree lean and is due for completion in 2010.

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