Providing world-class software solutions
Trimble: providing worldclass software solutions Written by Catherine Rowell Produced by Jon Bennett
We speak with Regional Director Paul Wallett, who discusses how new technologies are supporting the delivery of leading projects
rimble is one of the most renowned construction solution providers in the world. Combining a mix of hardware, software and mobility technologies to enable construction companies to hit the ground at the earliest stages, Trimble has cemented its growth across a number of markets. Acquiring Tekla back in 2011, the company has furthered its expansion into the construction sector, bridging the gap between physical hardware positioning and measuring tools, to the virtual building information construction modelling (or BIM as it is widely known today). Providing innovative technologies and ensuring strong partnerships with stakeholders and clients, the company supports the delivery of international projects through a number of software and hardware solutions worldwide. With a diverse portfolio, Middle East & India Trimble Buildings Regional Director Paul Wallett explains that such an investment in providing key software and hardware solutions has ensured that Trimble remains a key player in areas such as
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BIM, mechanical electrical design and robotic total station layout, contracts management, amongst a number of different segments. “Through our general contracting, construction management division, we offer Vico Office which works directly with BIM models to perform constructability analysis and a unique 4D location based scheduling and 5D flowline cost estimation. This is coupled with project cost control and document management platform Prolog, enabling all project participants to capture and retrieve information from anywhere at any-time,” explains Wallett. “Our newest collaboration platforms are Trimble Connect and ProjectSight as a field and project
management mobile application tool, unifying the field and office together on a single source platform.” With cloud based collaboration growing in prominence, Wallett explains that this has become an integral part in developing successful partnerships and the delivery of international projects. “With a combination of contract documents and vast 3D repository of objects which are being placed on our Tekla or 3D Warehouse clouds from customers, partners and suppliers, these downloadable objects can easily be placed into BIM models,” he says. HoloLens The company is utilising Microsoft HoloLens
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technology, which works to support the its cloud based collaboration platform, Trimble Connect. Here, 3D models can be successfully hosted onto the web, alongside embedding Microsoft’s SketchUp Viewer, which further supports the visualisation of 3D models. “These were the two first available commercialised products on HoloLens which were launched last year,” adds Wallett. Entering the market at the end of last year, Microsoft’s SketchUp Viewer became the first commercial HoloLens application to support professionals undertaking 3D modelling within a multitude of industries, with construction becoming a main area. Lorraine Bardeen, General Manager of Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Experiences explains that the application “allows people to create improved collaboration and a better understanding of designs in real scale, empowering companies to be more innovative and efficient.” With a number of quality software solutions, the company’s software, Tekla Structures, enables designers
“WITH A COMBINATION OF CONTRACT DOCUMENTS AND VAST 3D REPOSITORY OF OBJECTS WHICH ARE BEING PLACED ON OUR TEKLA OR 3D WAREHOUSE CLOUDS FROM CUSTOMERS, PARTNERS AND SUPPLIERS, THESE DOWNLOADABLE OBJECTS CAN EASILY BE PLACED INTO BIM MODELS” and architects to provide a detailed 3D model of any building by providing a model based workflow. Building Information Modelling software has also enabled increased collaboration with clients and improved coordination in projects through providing a visual with the HoloLens technology, resulting in increased engagement, reduced risk and further efficiencies. The company’s software has also provided room for personalisation within construction and design. Tekla Structures further enables designers to automate or programme certain processes,
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â€œWhilst many contractors still use traditional tools for construction in this sector, one key area we are focusing on heavily is introducing construction specialised solutions to key areas of the construction verticalsâ€?
Interoperability between CADMATIC and Tekla Structures enables better projects. Communication, planning and coordination with a visual, 3D model-based design tool brings advantages; more precise scheduling, fluent information share, cost efficiency, improved construction safety and better overall workflow. The virtual model even enables you to monitor and do risk analysis when operating the offshore and onshore plants.
eliminating unnecessary manual regional tasks. This has therefore reduced arm for the time taken and delivered cost distributing efficiencies, creating a seamless Trimble’s approach to construction and state of the design, and improved coordination. art survey The company has stated “from and scanning preconstruction to site management, applications. A Tekla offers a complete solution for direct partnership concrete contractors. With Tekla’s with CAT has ability to handle pours also proven and manage pouradvantageous, related information alongside a effectively, the partnership with software is also an Hilti throughout essential tool for the company’s TRIMBLE improving concrete operations. SOLUTIONS MIDDLE pour planning Trimble also has a EAST IS BASED and management number of suppliers, IN THE UAE on site.” such as Aerial Data, who supply applications which Partner power enable sensoring, client design and To drive the business forward, modelling solutions. Furthermore, Trimble has a number of partnership a partnership with Materalise agreements. One is with Sitech enables 3D models to be hosted and Gulf, which Wallett describes as “a converted into 3D printable objects. regional distributing channel which “3D printing is something that’s deal with heavy highway positioning beginning to become geospatial solutions and machine more commonplace controls,” and is the company’s now,”
Paul Wallett is a 30 year veteran to the construction Industry, a civil & structural graduate, having worked directly in construction for eight years and 22 years with construction solution providers. With international experience in Europe, United States, the far east and for the last seven years in the middle east. As a strong BIM advocate for changing processes in the construction Industry Paul has consulted with many leading construction companies across the globe.
Wallett says. “From an industry perspective, Trimble is also a member of BuildingSMART alliance helping to develop industry standards in support of Building Information Modelling.” Growth potential Although Trimble is now established within a number of segments, and whilst Building Information Modelling solutions are becoming increasingly commonplace within a number of projects, the company aims to further utilise technologies whilst growing its customer base in the general contractor arena. “Whilst many
contractors still use traditional tools for construction in this sector, one key area we are focusing on heavily is introducing construction specialised solutions to key areas of the construction verticals,” adds Wallett. Additionally, the company’s venture into data within handheld devices, including tablets or smart devices, such as mobile smart phones, these mobile technologies enable workers to have the information to hand wherever they are. Wallet concludes: “Individuals can review, record or return information back from the field to the office in seconds.”
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Trimble Solutions (Middle East)
102, Building No. 3, P.O. Box 500103, Dubai Internet City, United Arab Emirates Tel: +971 4 391 5640 / www.tekla.com71 4 391 5640