Arup increases Building Information Modelling offering by choosing Tekla Structures

Arup increases Building Information Modelling offering by choosing Tekla Structures.

ARUP recently signed a global framework agreement with Tekla UK Ltd covering the supply of the Tekla Structures BIM (Building Information Modelling) software. This agreement cements their close working relationship, including the supply

and maintenance of the software, development of a link to the Oasys GSA analysis & design software, and a working group to help develop project workflows between consultant and specialist sub-contractors.

In today’s difficult financial environment, it is becoming increasingly important that companies bring added value to a project by collaborating closer with other stakeholders. A multidisciplinary consultancy, Arup’s usage of the Tekla Structures software increased significantly during 2009 and one of its latest projects, The Pinnacle building, which is currently being constructed in central London, recently won Tekla UK’s BIM competition.

Arup is recognised as one of the world’s leading consulting engineers working on many prestigious projects around the globe, including the Swiss-Re building and the Pinnacle in London, and projects further afield, such as the Sydney Opera House, the Beijing Olympic Stadium, and the Aldar Properties HQ in Abu Dhabi, which was also a winner in Tekla’s global BIM awards for 2009, in conjunction with steelwork contractor William Hare.

“The agreement with Arup recognises the Tekla Structures BIM solution being a major advantage to any engineering consultancy. We are offering them the ability to bring value to a project that perhaps no other solution can provide”, says Andrew Bellerby, Managing Director of Tekla UK. “Building Information Modelling processes on projects are becoming more commonplace, and the Tekla solution allows Arup to collaborate not only with the architect and MEP (Mechanical,

Electrical and Plumbing) but also to work more closely with the specialist sub-contractors.”

Tekla will be working with Arup to implement the Tekla BIM solution further, using many years of industry knowledge to help develop Arup’s processes to try and remove the current obstacles that are prevalent on projects and stall the implementation of BIM as a process.

Jonathan Lock, Global Account Manager for the Tekla software at Arup comments: “The further investment in Tekla software by Arup shows how popular its BIM solution has become with our staff, especially for large and complex structures where it really does stand on its own. It’s important for Arup to look outside our regular scope of work, and we feel that the Tekla solution really allows us to do that. Coupled with the fantastic level of support we receive from Tekla, this creates a strong partnership between the two companies, and we look forward to developing our joint offerings and

being able to support a complete BIM workflow from design through to manufacturing and beyond”.


Tekla’s model-based software products make customers’ core processes more effective in building and construction and infrastructure management. Tekla Corporation has area offices and partner organisations worldwide. International operations account for approximately 80% of net sales. Founded in 1966, Tekla is one of the longest operating software companies in Finland. More information at

Tekla Structures

Tekla’s technology creates new opportunities for the construction industry. Tekla Structures, the most advanced BIM (Building Information Modeling) software on the market, provides an accurate, dynamic, and data-rich 3D environment that can be shared by contractors, structural engineers, steel detailers and fabricators, as well as concrete detailers and manufacturers. The highly detailed as-built structural models created in Tekla Structures enable the highest level of constructability and production control. Centralizing model and non-model based data into the model allows for more collaborative and integrated project management and delivery.

This translates into increased productivity, elimination of waste, and an enhanced value for structural modeling. More information at www.teklastructures. com


Arup are recognised as one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary consultancies. Formed in 1946, they now employ around 10,000 staff in 90 offices across Europe, North America, Africa, Australasia and South East Asia. Many of Arup’s projects leave a legacy to subsequent generations; a legacy that outlasts any one individual.

With 10,000 projects going on at any one time, Arup is doing the best possible job for current and future generations. Putting sustainability at the heart of its work is one of the ways in which Arup exerts a positive influence on the wider world. Put simply, Arup people are driven to find a better way. More information at


Established in 1976, Oasys Limited has a long standing reputation for providing high quality software and support. As the software house of Arup, Oasys is subject to the exacting demands of Arup engineers who require efficient, reliable and technically competent tools. For more details, please visit Oasys Limited at

For more information, please contact: Andrew Bellerby, Managing Director, Tekla (UK) Ltd Tel. 0113 307 1200, e-mail.

Jonathan Lock, Global Account Manager, Arup Tel. 020 7636 1531, e-mail

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