Kindergarten in Schwoich, Austria
A kindergarten, designed according to Building Information Modeling (BIM), is currently under construction in the Tyrolean municipality of Schwoich. The digital 3D model accompanies the construction project from design until completion.The architectural planning has been performed with Autodesk Revit. The structural model, including cross-sections, materials, loads, etc., has been exported to RFEM with the direct interface and designed there.
BIM Planning from Beginning to End
AGA-Bau-Planungs GmbH from Kufstein in Tyrol was mandated to perform the complete design of the project. This planning has been always carried out on the digital model. It starts with the architecture (conceptual design, approval planning and final planning) and ends with the carpentry (CNC data for joining).
For more than ten years, the engineers of AGA-Bau exclusively rely on BIM. Like for the kindergarten project in Schwoich, the structural analysis as well as the building and electrical technology, besides the architecture, are usually also designed on the 3D model. Since AGA-Bau has already realized several international projects in this way, it got involved in this EUR 3.5 million project by the municipality.
The walls and slabs of the first floor are built using reinforced concrete. On this stand a post and beam structure made of timber. The three three-story central buildings with their monopitch roofs are like canines pointing upwards. They are connected by access balconies which are glazed in the lower floors.
The timber structure is stiffened by timber framed walls with OSB plates in longitudinal and transversal direction. The kindergarten has a floor space of 1,400 m² in total.
The advantage of digital planning according to BIM is not only the time saving and cost certainty, but also that all parties could be involved in the planning process from the beginning, including the client and the childcare professionals.
"Generally, it needs to be mentioned that the planning according to the BIM method also pays off for smaller projects or smaller engineering offices.", says master builder Anton Gasteiger from AGA-Bau.
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Programs Used for Structural Analysis
Structural engineering software for finite element analysis (FEA) of planar and spatial structural systems consisting of plates, walls, shells, members (beams), solids and contact elements
Design of reinforced concrete members and surfaces (plates, walls, planar structures, shells)
Timber design according to Eurocode 5, SIA 265 and/or DIN 1052
Design of steel members according to Eurocode 3