BIM Project, New Plant in Graben-Neudorf
SWE-Eurodrive GmbH & Co. KG, a German family-owned company operating in the area of drive technology, is expanding its plant at Graben-Neudorf until 2019. The existing plant, with a size of 1,184,030 ft², will be almost doubled. The main components of the extension are a factory building, a combined pedestrian and media bridge, and a road bridge.
SEW-Eurodrive GmbH & Co. KG
Studio Wolfhugel, Hoerdt, France and
Dill + Hauf Architects
Ingenieurbüro Grassl GmbH
The planning of the whole project was carried out according to the BIM method. An entire digital structure was created in the design phase, which was specified in detail during further planning.
The engineering office Grassl GmbH from Stuttgart was responsible for the structural design. They created the supporting structure in Revit and Tekla Structures and used the direct interfaces to RFEM to perform the structural analysis there. Cross-section modifications from structural analysis were transferred back to Revit and Tekla Structures and updated at the building model.
The factory building is composed of single-story production facilities of 301,390 ft2 (Figure 1, top), a technical and administration building with offices and staff rooms (Figure 1, top left), and a high-bay warehouse (Figure 1, top center).
Whereas cast-in-place concrete was mainly used in the technical and administration building, reinforced concrete and precast prestressed concrete elements were used for the high-bay warehouse. Prefabricated columns, restrained at the bottom with a length of 99 ft and a weight of up to 80 t, as well as prestressed concrete girders with a length of 103 ft, were designed.
The one-story production hall has a planning grid of 79 ft x 79 ft in which restrained prefabricated reinforced concrete columns are arranged. The roof structure consists of steel trusses with parallel-chord main beams a = 79 ft and secondary beams a = 20 ft.
Pedestrian and Media Bridge
The media bridge, with an overall length of 349 ft, is designed as a thermally insulated steel truss structure with a width of 11 ft and a height of about 8 ft. The spans vary; a maximum of 117 ft are spanned in the subpanel. The pedestrian level is suspended as a steel structure at the bottom by means of tension members on the media bridge.
Reinforced concrete columns form the bridge supports, which absorb vertical and lateral loads. A reinforced concrete shaft with stairs on the north side serves as a fixed point to absorb the axial forces of the bridge.
Even after completion of this BIM flagship project, the advantages of this model-based planning will pay off. The client then has an entire structure with stored structural component information available, which supports it in operation, maintenance, reconstructions, etc.
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Stress analysis of steel surfaces and members
Design of steel members according to Eurocode 3
Reinforced concrete design according to the model column method (method based on nominal curvature)
Dynamic analysis of natural frequencies and mode shapes of member, surface, and solid models
Seismic and static load analysis using the multi-modal response spectrum analysis