Concrete vaults

Precast Buried Structures

Manage the full BIM workflow for precast concrete

> Draw reveals & joints in 2D: get a full 3D model with a few clicks
> Easily place inserts & calculate center of gravity
> Generate reports, material take offs & shop drawings
> Automatically detect clashes between reinforcement or precast components

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Precast concrete plays a crucial role in underground infrastructure for transportation projects, but miscalculations or errors in design, reinforcement and field drawings can negatively impact deadlines and budgets.

A 3D BIM model, used in the planning and design stages can streamline everything from fabrication, to scheduling and shipping. Integrated quality assurance and automatic functions, such as clash detection, enable optimal precast planning and simplifies change management. 

Allplan helps to simplify the precast reinforcement process with automatic shop drawing creation—reducing errors, freeing more time for quality control, and enabling companies to bring in more projects. 

Customers

Precast Products

Box Culverts

Pre-benched Manholes 

Lifting Inserts

Stormwater Management System

Sound Walls

Box Culverts

Precast concrete box culverts are an incredibly versatile and common precast product. Manufactured in many sizes and configurations, they’re highly durable and allow for increased design flexibility. They also easily integrate into the landscape when used to create short span bridges and access ways, as they allow natural streambeds and waterways to remain intact.

Allplan, Inc. has partnered with Ericksson Technologies to create a link between Allplan’s concrete design software and Ericksson’s culvert analysis software. With this link, your culvert analysis can automatically generate a reinforced 3D model, ready to produce drawings and schedules. 

Save time & reduce errors by automating the modeling process, instead of drawing it yourself.

  • Start your culvert design in Eriksson Culvert or Allplan
  • Easily transfer geometry and reinforcement data between both programs
  • Drawings and analysis stay synced through design changes

See how easy it is!

Interested in going deeper?

Check out our recorded webinar,"Uncover the Benefits of BIM for Buried Structures."

In this webinar, we will show you a 2D-to-3D workflow: working in views and sections the way you always have, and adding a few extra steps to get a 3D model and all the benefits that come with it.

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Prebenched Manholes

Manholes are a vital part of modern sewer systems. If accurately designed, and properly installed, they are watertight and will last for many years.

Allplan can help you design and reinforce pre-benched manholes easily and quickly in one simple workflow.

Save time & reduce errors by automating the modeling process, instead of drawing it yourself.

  • Use familiar 2D CAD interface plus click and drag functionality.
  • Design your manhole and channel configuration parametrically
  • Automatically generate reinforcement detailing with one click
  • Dynamically update drawings, reinforcement and material take-offs

As Paul from Garden State Precast remarked at The Precast Show, "Rebar charts: the bane of my existence for years. Sitting tediously pulling it out. It’s automated now. It (Allplan) decides the bar numbers, it gives you the lengths. You coordinate the splices and the bends that you want--it makes all the charts and schedules them all out."

Want to learn more?

Join us for an informative on-demand webinar,"Create a BIM Model for Structural Precast Elements." We will demonstrate how to automate reinforcement of slabs and wall panels, and generate shop drawings of formwork.

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Lifting Inserts

Concrete might be a durable finished product, but it is prone to cracking and breaking if not lifted and handled correctly before arriving at its destination. Since broken precast can’t be installed, it is important that the center of gravity is calculated in advance of any transport to ensure quality and safety.

But, calculating center of gravity is tedious, and lifter insert placement is error-prone. There’s also tremendous risk in sharing incomplete drawings or information with your transport company and crane operators.

As Cindy from Gainey’s Concrete Products remarked at The Precast Show, "The biggest ‘ah-ha’ for one of our project managers was when she found out that this (Allplan) calculates center of gravity... That was the big thing, because ... she was tired of figuring out and calculating center of gravity. And there were only a few people in our facility who could do that. And so, to take that away and all of a sudden it calculates the weight for you, so it’s giving us so much."

Save time & reduce errors by automating the modeling process, instead of drawing it yourself.

  • Calculate the center of gravity of your precast element with one click
  • Keep lifting inserts placed properly around the center of gravity
  • Share your 3D models with drivers and crane company engineers 
  • Automate labeling, sequencing and installation plans

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Stormwater System

Precast concrete underground holding tanks serve as backup when heavy rainfall overwhelms the capacity of a stormwater system. These structures have to be meticulously designed and constructed for huge capacity and the ability to bear and retain heavy loads. Allplan can help you design and reinforce stormwater management and screening facility systems quickly in one simple workflow.

Save time & reduce errors by automating the modeling process, instead of drawing it yourself.

  • Use familiar 2D CAD interface plus click and drag functionality.
  • Design your trap modules parametrically
  • Automatically generate reinforcement detailing with one click
  • Insert live Excel, Word and other office documents into the drawing, will update when the source changes

Interested in going deeper?

Join us for an informative webinar, "Uncover the Benefits of BIM for Buried Structures." In this webinar we will show you a 2D-to-3D workflow: working in views and sections the way you always have, and adding a few extra steps to get a 3D model and all the benefits that come with it. 

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Soundwalls

Sound walls and noise barriers are an increasingly common precast product. As our urban and suburban areas become more densely populated, these walls are built as a means of minimizing noise pollution along heavily trafficked roads and limited access highways, and maintaining quiet in residential neighborhoods.

Precast concrete sound wall panels are typically secured in concrete columns that are attached with anchor bolts to an existing structure.

  • Create fabrication drawings, sections, with automated BOM and automated color-coded rebar schedule.
  • Make changes in drawings or the 3D model, changes are reflected everywhere automatically.
  • Generate update drawings, reinforcement and material take-offs

As Cindy from Gainey’s Concrete Products remarked at The Precast Show, This allows us…to draw in 2D and get a 3D model. I knew a lot of my drafters would really appreciate that, because they already understand CAD. Like you said, it’s CAD-based, so they know already how to do part of it, it’s just taking it to the next level and getting it into 3D. And so now, they can place the reinforcement exactly where we say it’s going to be, with the spacing and the bend and the radiuses, and everything that we need.

Want to learn more?

Watch our on-demand webinar titled, “A Better Way to Design & Reinforce Precast Wall Panels” In this webinar, we will demonstrate how to easily create precast walls panels and automatically panelize and reinforce them at the same time.

Presenter: Brandon Botts, Senior Technical Consultant, Allplan, Inc.

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