WATCH – BIM used to transform port-side towers in Copenhagen


The use of Building Information Modelling to convert industrial twin towers in Denmark has been spotlighted in a new video and accompanying article.

Tekla Structures software was utilised by Design Group Architects to convert the Danish duo of buildings in Copenhagen’s Indre Nordhavn – or Inner North Harbour.

Indre Nordhavn is the port-side of Copenhagen currently undergoing major redevelopment, moving away from the industrialised history of the area and modernising it as a “new waterfront district”. Work has already begun on transforming the area that will comprise 40% residential properties and 40% commercial units. The remaining 20% will be made up of mixed-use developments.

40,000 residents will live in the rejuvenated part of town, with a similar number of jobs ceated in the process. According to Building 4 Change, “low energy use is at the heart of the development, which will focus on energy efficient buildings, district heating and the use of renewable energy sources”.

The 54-metre high Portland Towers were completed in August 2014, with NCC developing the site and Ramboll responsible for engineering the site. After Ramboll used Tekla software to model the structural elements of the buildings, they realised that one of the silo towers’ geometry did not match that of the original drawings.

“The geometry of the existing silos did not entirely match the old drawings of the silos as one of the silos is actually a bit crooked, even though the office facade should, of course, be built straight,” explained Henrik Kortermann, Senior Consultant at Ramboll.

“The same applied to the production of the steel beams by the steel contractor, as these also had to be produced in different lengths and with slanted cut-offs [to accommodate the crookedness]”, added Henrik.

The good thing is, the project was successfully completed and BIM made it “easy for the developer, collaboration partners and authorities to visualise” the project.

Watch a video below that looks at the position of the buildings at the port. Click here to read the source article.

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