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

Innovative Roof Construction

Elephant House 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 elephants, more proximity for visitors. The new home for a family of eight elephants extends over an area of more than 73,000 sq ft. This is approximately six times the size of the old facility and provides the animals with more space, more family life and more room for movement.

The challenge:

The project was a daring experiment because a roof structure like this, with spans of over 279 feet, had never been built before.

The solution:

For many years, Walt + Galmarini has consistently relied on the BIM solution Allplan Engineering for realizing challenging designs with a high degree of quality. Once the digital building model has been populated with the design data, the engineers can derive all the relevant sections, views and perspectives. ...

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Comprehensive web-based coordination

Project: Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen, Allplan Bimplus

The Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen is being expanded. This affects several buildings. The entire project has a total construction cost of 587 million Swiss francs. The expansion will be built in two different planning and construction phases.

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.”

The solution:

WaltGalmarini AG gained its first experience of using this openBIM solution with the “Haus 10” at the Cantonal Hospital of St. Gallen. “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...


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Skyscraper with unconventional building geometry

Limmat Tower Dietikon, Switzerland

With the 80 meter high Limmat Tower, the Limmat Valley in Switzerland has its first skyscraper, which could become the landmark of the town of Dietikon, or the whole region. "The Limmat Tower stands for innovation, uniqueness and prospect," said Maik Neuhaus, head of development at Halter AG, at the turf-cutting ceremony in June 2013.

The challenge:

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:

Thanks to the model-based development of the formwork and reinforcement plans with the Allplan Engineering software and the possibility of 3D visualisation, the engineering firm Synaxis was able to optimally deal with the sophisticated details in particular in a way that suited the construction site. ...

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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:

The common aim is to produce a construction plan that is an economic success.

The solution:

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. ...

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Shining debut for a new city quartier

Office building Aviatica, Prague, Czech Republic

The former factory premises of aircraft engine manufacturer Waltrovka / Walter Engines is located in the district of Jinonice, in the fifth administrative department of Prague. Investment management group Penta Investments is planning to build a new city quarter with three office complexes (Aviatica, Dynamica and Mechanica) and various residential complexes on this 169,000 m² site in the coming years.

The challenge:

From the prestressing of the concrete beam and the vibration isolation through to the different pillar patterns between the underground and overground stories, the project involved many technical construction tasks that the engineers would normally have tackled in separate teams with different software solutions.

The solution:

The company used solutions from Allplan and SCIA from Nemetschek for this. The shell or reinforcement plan was created with the help of Allplan Engineering, and modeling and calculations were carried out in SCIA Engineer. ...

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Built from the outside in

Airbus Production Hall, Stade, Germany

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. 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 17 meter long, 4 meter wide fuselage shell. The company used the CAD platform Allplan, installed on 25 workstations, to design the hall.

The challenge:

In addition to the sustainability requirements, the design company also had to overcome a number of logistical hurdles during construction of the hall. For example, a crane and a shuttle system had to be fitted in the hall in order to handle large components.

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. 2D is only used for ...


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Art under a straw hat

Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France

A building which houses modern and contemporary art must, itself also, satisfy certain artistic demands. And this is certainly the case at the Pompidou Art Center in Metz: The architects were inspired by the straw hats of japanese rice farmers. This new home for art represents a milestone in the field of architecture and faced structural engineers with a number of challenges. They were solved with Allplan Engineering.

The challenge:

The groundbreaking nature of the building, which was inspired by the image of a rice farmer‘s straw hat, 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, as the complexity of the intersections and the connection points, as well as the high degree of reinforcement required, made 3D tools vital for the reinforcement planning. The interactive functionality of Allplan Engineering provided support in this respect to the CHP planners: depending on requirements, the CAD designers could work with floor plans, isometrics, views and sections in order to create the spatial model. Changes to the reinforcing body were then automatically transferred by the system to all plans and lists. ...


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Sweet treats – classically packed

Harrer Chocolate Factory, Sopron, Hungary

One excellent example of a timelessly elegant building that deserves the description “work of art“ is the Harrer chocolate factory located in Sopron, Hungary - specifically a three-story chocolate factory with office and shop.

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 five to seven meter thick, non-tight filling layer meant a pile foundation was necessary for the project.

The solution:

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 ...


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Setting the tone with ALLPLAN

Helsinki Music Centre, 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. This situation should soon be remedied. The Helsinki Music Centre – a new concert hall with sophisticated acoustics – has now opened in the Finnish capital.

The challenge:

When the Vahanen Engineering firm, located in Helsinki, 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 with regard to its design, its function, the costs and deadlines.

The solution:

Vahanen has been utilizing Allplan for the last five years. The engineering company now has seven Allplan Architecture licenses and two Allplan Engineering licenses which were used for the building design, as well as general arrangement and reinforcement design for the Music Centre contract. The Music Centre was designed in 3D. This proved to be an ideal method for designing the building without errors, despite its complexity. The 3D design allowed the engineers to ...


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Free froms give firm support

Musiktheater 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 planning phase presented us with a few problems. The Mumuth proved to be extremely complex in many respects, including the supporting structure system, the building equipment, the building physics and the facade.

The challenge:

One particular 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 simply replicate the Twist in a 3D model without further ado. Instead, it had to be imported into the spatial building model via a less direct route. “We got round this difficult situation by diverting the Terrain module from its intended purpose and using it to ...


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Where art and finance merge

Consulting center of Rabobank 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 challenge:

In addition to the fact that the sculptural form required an extremely innovative approach for a 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 entire structure was transferred to Scia Engineer, a modern calculation software that uses the finite element method (FEM). The engineers then subjected ...


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BIM for maximum security

Orchidea Tower, Bucharest, Romania

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.

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.

The solution:

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. No problems were encountered in ...


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Case Study Package Engineering Building -
Get more than 11 interesting Case Studies in one package

See from the customer's point of view how Allplan Engineering Building was used in different challenging customer projects and contributed tremendously to their success.

Discover new challenges and complex problems in customer projects solved with modern CAD Software. See for yourself how solutions from ALLPLAN enabled the realisation of different exclusive projects.

Your advantages at a glance:

  • More than 11 exclusive projects with challenges and suitable approaches to the right solution
  • All project challenges and their approach from the customer's point of view
  • Case Studies in pdf format
  • Exclusive insights into customer projects using CAD Software

check out the Case Study Package Engineering Building