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Examples of Allplan Engineering Building and impressive projects around the world.

The Elephant House at Zurich Zoo, Switzerland

The new Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park at Zurich Zoo is a fine example of the international change taking place in zoo philosophy: More space for the animals, more proximity for visitors. The new home for a family of eight elephants extends over an area of more than 118,403 square feet. This is approximately six times the size of the old facility and provides the animals with more space to roam and move about.

The challenge:

The project was a daring experiment because a roof structure like this, with spans of over 85 meters, had never been built before. The roof, with its leaf-like appearance, is made up of many superimposed grid-like rays, resulting in the complete absence of timber columns or other supporting elements from the interior.

The solution:

Thanks to the proven expertise of the engineers and the use of the powerful software package Allplan Engineering; all the geometric challenges presented by the structure of the Elephant House were overcome with flying colors. The 3D preliminary design check also proved to be extremely practical for the Elephant House, as this allowed the Swiss engineers to identify component collisions and other errors immediately.

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Cantonal Hospital in St. Gallen, Switzerland

The Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen is being expanded in two different planning and construction phases. The first phase, "Haus 10," will serve as the staff offices for the main reconstruction of the hospital and is located in the former parking area of the Böschenmühle, which was partially demolished. The entire project has a total construction cost of nearly 600 million dollars. The six-story building, with a ground plan area of 184 by 56 feet, is connected to the hospital courtyard by an aerial walkway, bridging both the distances as well as the level difference between Haus 10 and the hospital courtyard.

The challenge:

 “We did not have a contractual requirement from the client to plan this project with BIM,” says Andreas Haffter, project manager and BIM manager of WaltGalmarini AG, “but due to the size and complexity of the project, this was obvious to us; also because quality assurance was important to us and we wanted to document the model comparisons.” Christian Mathies, the design engineer at WaltGalmarini AG, remarked, "With this project, we did not just want to do it internally, but also wanted to go out there and collaborate. We asked ourselves how we can easily bring models together so we can view them and review them. We wanted to know what the engineers have and what the architects, company technicians and designers need, and what we need to adjust. Every single project participant should be able to store data centrally, even while on the go, and also access this data in the same way. We were therefore looking for a web-based coordination tool." 

The solution:

WaltGalmarini AG gained its first experience using Allplan Bimplus as their openBIM solution with the Haus 10. “We executed the tasks, made cuts, wrote comments and the tree structure within the individual models and building structure was helpful for us. We were thus able to go through the building floor by floor and coordinate in detail," says Andreas Haffter. 


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Limmat Tower in Dietikon, Switzerland

Limmat Tower Dietikon, Switzerland

The Limmat Valley in Switzerland has its first skyscraper, which could become the landmark of the town of Dietikon, or the whole region. With its unconventional geometry, the 262-foot-high Limmat Tower provided the engineers of Synaxis AG with a few challenges, which were efficiently overcome with Allplan Engineering.

The challenge:

The challenges mainly related to the folding of the façade and the building recesses in the 10th and 15th floors. Robert Sigrist, Chief Engineer at Synaxis AG in Zurich, lists the major challenges encountered during the Limmat Tower project: “Direct force transmission was impossible in various places due to the façade folding and the projections and recesses. The support forces also needed to be absorbed or diverted at the building recesses. And, in terms of fire protection, in high-rise buildings the fire must be prevented from spreading by the circumferential parapet.”

The solution:

When it came to planning the supporting structure, Allplan Engineering proved that it was the ideal solution to spatially present sophisticated details and to optimally plan the reinforcement in a way that suited the construction site—and it was all thanks to its 3D visualization, model-based shell, and reinforcement planning features. Thanks to Allplan Engineering and the model-based work method, the Swiss civil engineering firm Synaxis AG significantly reduced the number of error sources during the Limmat Tower project, and thus achieved a high level of planning quality in a complex project with unconventional building geometry.

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Software-assisted planning competence assures high quality standard

When compared internationally, engineering offices are expected to cope with high demands. This can only be achieved by maintaining permanent willingness to innovate and it demands continuous examination of the latest technical trends. MUCKINGENIEURE has an excellent track record when it comes to planning complex building structures using Allplan Engineering.

The challenge:

MUCKINGENIEURE relies on the complex use of Allplan software in the office, since economic and efficient building is only possible if the planning process is efficient from the start. The common aim is to produce a construction plan that is an economic success—3D-assisted planning helps the engineers achieve this aim.

The solution:

The solution was to develop organizational structures to expand the high planning quality that exists in an engineering office and maintains this for all projects. MUCKINGENIEURE works using a 3D BIM model and stored attributes to increase flexibility in the face of requested changes and as a reliable method of verifying their feasibility. The engineers normally draw up lists and attributes themselves, since Allplan Engineering offers the opportunity to program individual reports or save components and their properties. The advantage: the component parts used can be renewed at any time.

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Aviatica Office Building in Prague, Czech Republic

Investment management group Penta Investments is planning to build a new city quarter with three office complexes and various residential complexes in the coming years. The first phase of this “Waltrovka Development,” totaling over 227 million dollars, was concluded in June 2015 with the completion of the “Aviatica” office building. Viewed from the eastern end, the ground plan is an oval, the entire area of which is used in the two lower floors as an underground car park. Above ground, the building encloses an oval green inner courtyard, which on the eastern side opens out onto a large public square in front of the building.

The challenge:

From the prestressing of the concrete beam and the vibration isolation through to the different pillar patterns between the underground and over ground stories, the project involved many technical construction tasks that the engineers would normally have tackled in separate teams with different software solutions. However, the building client expressly wanted the BIM working method to be applied so that the building data and building model could be subsequently used for facility management and adjustments in line with customer requirements.

The solution:

The company used solutions from Allplan and SCIA from Nemetschek. The shell or reinforcement plan was created with the help of Allplan Engineering, and modeling and calculations were carried out in SCIA Engineer. The OpenBIM format IFC was used for data exchange between the two programs. In this way, the different processes could be ideally linked with each other and project progress synchronized accordingly.

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Airbus Production Hall in Stade, Germany

In Stade, SHI Planungsgesellschaft mbH (SHI) the Oldenburg-based urban planning, structural and civil engineering company built a modern production hall for a single aircraft component – a 56-foot long, 13-foot wide fuselage shell. The Oldenburg-based designers are experts in their field; SHI has been working for aircraft manufacturer Airbus for ten years now. They used the CAD platform Allplan to design the hall. The various parts of the aircraft are being prefabricated in different locations across Europe to then be assembled in the delivery center in Toulouse, France.

The challenge:

The aircraft is developed in parallel to the production hall, and vice versa. The designers need to be able to design and react with the greatest flexibility. “A production facility for aircraft components is not just a hall with four walls and a roof. It has to be modular in structure in order to allow expansion at any times,” adds Mr. Wilken, one of the SHI architects responsible for this project. In addition to the sustainability requirements, the design company had to overcome a number of logistical hurdles during construction.

The solution:

For professional implementation of their designs, the SHI team relied throughout on object-oriented work in 3D. “From the outset, Allplan provides us with a transparent design system capable of supporting us through even the most complex tasks. It is not without good reason that we have been using this software for 15 years,” explains Mr. Wilken. The designers create a three-dimensional model right at the start of the design process. Based on the design data entered just once in the model, all relevant types of plans can be derived at the click of a button.


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Centre Pompidou in Metz, France

Not only is the Pompidou Center in the Metz the centerpiece of an extensive redevelopment project in the capital of the Lorraine region, but it is the first decentralization project carried out by a French cultural institute. With its own exhibitions and events, the new art center will give a wide-ranging audience the chance to see things previously only available at the main Pompidou Center. The architects won the international architecture competition in 2003, with a floating design of concrete, steel and wood that was inspired by the straw hats of Japanese rice farmers.

The challenge:

The groundbreaking nature of the building made the structural design a particular challenge: Firstly, the three materials – metal, wood and concrete had to be combined and their static interdependently taken into account. And secondly, the architectural design was very complex due to the optically individual, yet statically overlapping interwoven elements.

The solution:

Two-dimensional planning was not sufficient for the challenges of this project with the complexity of the intersections and the connection points;3D tools were vital for the reinforcement planning. The interactive functionality of Allplan Engineering software allowed the CAD designers to work with floor plans, isometrics, views and sections to create the spatial model. Changes to the reinforcing body were then automatically transferred by the system to all plans and lists. In terms of cooperation, CHP also benefitted from the international nature of Allplan Engineering. CHP designers were able to create reinforcement plans compliant with French standards, while working with their German user interfaces.


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The Harrer Chocolate Factory in Sopron, Hungary

A building is more than just a structure. It is a complete work of art, created in harmony between visionary architecture and innovative engineering. One excellent example of a timelessly elegant building that deserves the description “work of art” is the Harrer chocolate factory located in Sopron, Hungary. The factory, which includes the office and shop, is essentially comprised of three rectangular building complexes, “floating” like chocolate boxes on and next to each other without central displacement.

The challenge:

There were many technical obstacles to overcome, particularly during shell planning. As the construction site previously contained the clay pit of a brickyard, the engineers were required to develop a sophisticated foundation. A 16 to 23-foot thick, non-tight filling layer meant a pile foundation was necessary for the project. To meet the building client’s requirements regarding a short construction period, the experts decided to use a fast production-enabled construction method using cavity wall elements, hollow-core planks and tensioned slab floors.

The solution:

The upper and lower slabs of the protrusion were made of cast-in-situ concrete. The upper slap spans 23 feet in one direction and 30 feet in the other. With the help of a high reinforcement content in the lower and upper position, the engineers were able to adhere to the prescribed deflections. Engineer Tibor Gábor Báthory comments, “With the Allplan Engineering software, even the complex shell details could be created with ease.” He adds, I think we have been able to build a classic here, a building which will bring pleasure to the Harrer family and visitors alike for decades to come.”


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The Helsinki Music Center in Helsinki, Finland

Finland, a country which has given the world many famous musicians and composers, is known as the land of music. However, the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, designed by Alvar Aalto in the 1970‘s, exhibits some serious acoustic drawbacks. The Helsinki Music Centre, a new concert hall with sophisticated acoustics, has now opened in the Finnish capital. Upon its completion, the building has a large concert hall with 1,700 seats and fie smaller halls, each with up to 400 seats.

The challenge:

The shape of the building itself presents another difficulty. The architects at LPR Arkkitehdit designed the Helsinki Music Centre using the “box in a box” principle, where all five smaller halls and the central component of the large concert hall are “suspended” with the aid of vibration dampers as a separate space within the surrounding building. At the same time, the building shell is extremely complex. The extensive glass façade and the 40-meter span of the roof, which is extremely heavy due to the acoustic requirements and the suspended panels of glass.

The solution:

When the Helsinki-based Vahanen Engineering firm took on the contract for the Helsinki Music Centre, the client had only one condition: project realization should be achieved on the basis of building information modeling. This would ensure that the building met requirements regarding its design, its function, the costs and deadlines. The 3D design allowed the engineers to better understand the building and maintain an overview in order to recognize and eliminate design mistakes on-screen.


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Theater at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria

The Austrian Federal Real Estate Company (BIG or Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft in German) commissioned the construction of a building for music and musical theatre (or Mumuth for short) for the Graz University of Music and Performing Arts. Planning activities for the building began in 2005. The right-angled plan of the music theater consists of the foyer area at the front and the theater area at the rear. The latter contains an events hall with 5,705 square feet of floor space, multiple rehearsal rooms for orchestras and musical theater, dressing rooms, storerooms, repositories and study rooms.

The challenge:

One challenge during planning was posed by the “Twist,” a freely-defined spiral element, which is the central component of the supporting structure in the foyer. This steel and concrete composite structure begins on the ground floor and spirals upwards through the first and second floors before merging with the ceiling above the second floor.

The solution:

Because the entire geometry consists of free forms, also known as non-uniform rational B-splines (NURBS), it was not possible to only replicate the Twist in a 3D model, it also had to be imported into the spatial building model via a less direct route. “We got around this difficult situation by diverting the Terrain module from its intended purpose and using it to model the complex, 3D entity. We then integrated this 3D data with the digital building model later on,” sums up Helmut Scharzl, project manager at convex ZT.


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Consulting Center in Roermond, Netherlands

The inspiration for this building, designed by architecture firm Engelman Architecten in Roermond, was a work by American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. The work of art evokes a snake whose outstretched neck and head reach high into the sky. The architects turned this idea into a two-story building at the end of which a seven-floor tower boldly extends diagonally. The slanting façade elements and the oblique roof areas, which have the same finish as the facades, are particularly striking.

The challenge:

A closer look at the building immediately reveals the challenges this original design posed for the engineers from van der Werf en Nass BC in Masstricht—nothing on the building is at right angles, which meant a very unusual load transfer was necessary. In addition to the fact that the sculptural form required an innovative approach for the correct calculation of the main load-bearing structure, another major challenge was ensuring the dimensional accuracy of the precast parts and assembly drawings.

The solution:

To solve these two problems effectively, the designers decided to work in a virtual 3D environment. The shape of the entire shell was then modeled with the help of 3D CAD software Allplan Engineering. Various drawings needed for production of the precast parts could then be derived from this 3D building model with ease. As a result, the designers were able to meet the high requirements relating to the dimensional accuracy while ensuring maximum clarity.


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Orchidea Tower in Bucharest, Romania

In Bucharest, a red dot on a map is not a good sign. It indicates buildings that are particularly under threat from earthquakes. IF a new building is constructed in Bucharest, planning must not only take account of the usual requirements relating to building form, functionality or costs, but also resistance to earthquakes and natural disasters.

The challenge:

Planning was made more problematic by the difficult structural conditions: on the one hand because of the poor quality of the ground close to the river, but above all because of the risk of earthquakes, which had to be taken into consideration in the calculations. These are particularly demanding tasks given the size of the building, with an effective area of 828,821 square feet over 3 levels below ground and 19 above.

The solution:

For engineers to retain an overview in a project the size of Orchidea Tower in Bucharest, with 19 stories above ground and 3 below, working with 3D models is practically a must. From the very beginning, this complex structure was modeled by Inginerie Structurala with Allplan in 3D, using special templates from Scia Engineer designed for steel and concrete construction. The engineers took account of the unfavorable ground conditions by designing the entire subterranean area of the building as a stiff box. Office owner Diana Sagaican explains, “Where conventional project processing only uses lines, circles and dots, 3D modeling of structures and reinforcement in Allplan provided us with a much better understanding of the building, and reveals design errors early on.”


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