Hendriks stalen bekistingtechniek
About Hendriks stalen bekistingtechniek
Hendriks Stalen Bekistingtechniek in Veenendaal is a leading supplier of steel wall and tunnel formwork. They also provide a total package of additional provisions and services for safety, advice, and guidance regarding the preparatory and the implementation phases. Owing to their advanced problem-solving skills and years of experience, the company has been the leading formwork specialist for many years now in the Netherlands with national and international clients.Read more
Innovation is essential
Leading steel formwork company Hendriks Stalen Bekistingtechniek is specialized in tunnel and wall formwork. They always think from the customer's perspective, with an eye for quality, efficiency, and cost savings. Innovation is essential to achieve these goals, and to stay ahead the company invested in new BIM software.
Although Hendriks Stalen Bekistingtechniek designs its formwork for the architectural market, the production department's work mainly involves mechanical engineering. As head of the draughting department, Daniël van Doorn is involved in planning, development, and monitoring of projects, but is naturally also involved with the choice of CAD software. 'While many other companies in the architectural branch work with AutoCAD, we worked out production drawings with Solid Edge, a 3D mechanical engineering package. Yet 75% of the time we used it for 2D drawing, which it is really not particularly well suited for. Moreover, the program is not widely used in the construction industry.'
Switching to Building Design Suite
Because Revit is increasingly preferred by commissioning parties in the construction sector, Hendriks Stalen Bekistingtechniek decided to switch to Autodesk Building Design Suite in early 2012. Daniël explains the decision. 'With this software suite, we are better aligned with the BIM concept. We use AutoCAD for the 2D drawings and Revit for designing the 3D structural models. In the future, we will use Inventor to control the internal production and Navisworks for clash checking,' says Daniel.
The switch to the new BIM software did not happen overnight. Daniël talks about the decision. 'Midway through 2011, we approached different parties with the request that they supply us with a demo, but Cadac Group hit the nail on the head! They knew just what we wanted and what we were doing!' As the BIM specialist, Björn Ramaekers, AEC Solution Architect at Cadac Group, was responsible for the implementation of the software and the user training programmes.
Björn notes: 'It's necessary to provide training when implementing BIM and software like Revit because modelling in Revit requires an entirely different approach from the one used for 2D drawing work in AutoCAD. In a single day, our BIM introductory training programmes enable users to understand the aspects they must take into account when introducing BIM into their organization.'More about the Autodesk Building Design Suite
Quickly generating concrete construction schedules with TheModus
TheModus was used as an addition to Revit. This cloud-based application, developed by Cadac Group, is a unique and powerful online platform on which all partners in the entire building chain can collaboratively create, manage, and share information.
TheModus also standardizes and automates design processes. Daniël van Doorn remarks: 'We use the View Generator extensively to generate automatic concrete construction schedules indicating what needs to be produced and when. It's very convenient for implementation!'Read more about our Cadac TheModus Suite
Enhanced security thanks to visualization
Even though the implementation of the BIM software only transpired a few months ago, the first projects in Revit have already been completed. The Hendriks Stalen Bekistingtechniek draughters are very satisfied with their choice of software. Daniël tells about the decision. 'The 3D models are more attractive because of their powerful visual capabilities, and they are also highly prized by our customers. We now have more insight into the design, allowing us to provide better optimization in the area of security. For example, we now have 3D visualization of every security situation for those days when concrete is poured on site.'
Exchanging information with building partners
In addition to implementing Building Design Suite, Hendriks Stalen Bekistingtechniek has also started using BIM. 'We view BIM as a close collaboration with customers and commissioning parties,' according to Daniël. 'We also prefer to work with the same partners for several projects.
Collaborations do not always get off the ground well, so it is better to frequently use BIM with the same partner to achieve the maximum profit. This also includes the sharing of models – for example via IFC – but we prefer to receive a Revit model. Whenever we receive 2D information or a 3D model that does not meet our quality requirements, we still use the 3D model. We easily recover the time this costs us in the production process!'
The exchange of information is often a stumbling block with BIM. Daniël tells about the decision. 'BIM starts by making proper agreements and establishing confidence. When we enter into a partnership, we try as much as possible to establish agreements in a contract. We also describe in this contract the requirements that the provided models have to satisfy.'