Sources: Tekla Inc., Kennesaw, Ga.; CPstaff
Tekla has provided Middle Tennessee State University's (MTSU) Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program with Tekla Structures, a suite of 3-D Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. The technology's arrival at the charter CIM campus coincides with major American Concrete Institute, ACI Strategic Development Council and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute initiatives to standardize BIM around cast-in-place and precast concrete building components and systems. The groups are responding to the architectural/engineering/contracting community's adoption of the three-dimensional capabilities of BIM over two-dimensional CAD methodologies.
The Murfreesboro, Tenn., CIM faculty is scheduled to begin training on the Tekla platform this month, to be followed by Estimating class students who will put together course-grade modeling projects. CIM officials plan to introduce BIM elements freshman year, and have sophomores prepare modeling demonstrations. Assignments with the software will accompany junior year courses, while seniors will utilize BIM it in their capstone project.
It's vital for our applied concrete program to stay cutting edge, affirms MTSU Director & Associate Professor Heather Brown, Ph.D. The adoption of Tekla allows further integration of its drafting, estimating and scheduling knowledge in a software package that offers all in an impressive, useful format.