Trimble is a technology company with a vision of transforming the way the world works. Trimble’s construction offering ranges from total stations to advanced software, giving the in-dustry tools to transform planning, design, construction and operation of buildings. The company also has products for trades like logistics.
In addition to Tekla, Trimble Building brands include names like SketchUp and Manhattan Software construction managers, and building owners. The software solutions promote constructible models and collaboration. Trimble Buildings of-fering blend groundbreaking innovations and practical, targeting architects, engineers, fabricators, MEP contractors, general contractors and features, helping the industry achieve transformative results.
Tekla software is at the heart of the design and construction workflow, building on the free flow of information, constructible models and collaboration. It is the people who make the difference, while Tekla gives tools for realizing projects around the world from housing and bridges to factories and skyscrapers. Good communication and elimination of waste make the industry more sustainable and cost effective, improve one’s projects and in the end one’s customers’ happiness.
Transforming Thailand’s Precast Industry
CPanel Company Limited, which owns and operates the first fully integrated precast concrete production facility in Thailand is transforming the construction and real estate industry in the region. And they are using Tekla’s 3D capability and ability to seamlessly integrate production automation systems and other software in the value chain – to do it.
With 13 years of experience, Chakrit Theepakornsukkasame, Managing Director, has established the company that has an annual turnover of US$11 million, employing almost 300 workers. Now, with Tekla, CPanel is leapfrogging its competition in the precast concrete industry.
The First Full Integrated Precast Factory in Asia
“I am proud to say we are now the second largest precast concrete producer for residential housing in the country, with the ability to cast for ten houses per day,” says Chakrit
“The use of modern technology such as Tekla software has resulted in 90% more efficient operations, and the reduction in total construction time by 60%, compared to the more conventional method we used to employ. Our time to precast has been reduced from thirty days to only seven,”- said Chakrit.
“In addition, we own and operate the first fully automated and fully integrated precast factory in Asia, doubling our previous production capacity to now 860,000 sq m a year.“
Indeed, Tekla has become one of the key drivers for CPanel, going forward.
The majority of CPanel’s projects are in the greater Bangkok metropolitan area, with significant presence in the country’s major cities such as Chonburi. Chakrit is proud to note that the company is the first precast producer to implement Buil-ding Information Modeling (BIM) for the construction business in Thailand, ena-bling the company to work with customers through the five dimensions of modeling for construction width, length, depth, time and cost.
The Need for Tekla
For Chakrit, the process began in 2011, when the company had two large customers, one, cost oriented; focused on providing its customers value for money solutions, and one marketing oriented; focused on providing its customers the best according to the latest requirements of the industry. He gave a lot of thought as to how to meet their differing needs, and realized by so doing he could also meet the needs of most customers.
CPanel selected a number of vendors for the solution they were looking for.
“Eventually, the choice boiled down to Tekla, as Tekla can enable us to foresee things in the building before it is built. This capability of Tekla, creating and managing constructible, information rich 3D models, has shortened the development time from ten months to only two. We get a real building that we can build with confidence, and not just a model.”
Chakrit noted that his competitors are also employing 3D modeling. “They are however opening one software for each section of the house, software for another section, for example, one module for the wall, one module for slab, one module for the stairs, thus making the software really cumbersome and difficult to use.”
“With Tekla, you open one software solution and you can do it all. And it’s easy to use; that’s something important to us. It also helps that Tekla has a localized environment in the software, including local rules and regulations for Thailand. We also received much help and guidance from Tekla offices in Finland and in Singapore. Tekla is very open and willing to in-clude some add-ons in order to improve our processes.”
“In addition, Tekla is open software; it is designed to communicate to other industry software solutions. In our factory we run production with automated systems from AWM and Vollert. From Tekla we are able to transfer fabrication data to CAM software from Unitechnik, which we use to control fabrication, and to our ERP software, SAP. Thus Tekla is flexible and capable of enabling us to automate and integrate our factory. “
“With Tekla, our customers have a strong competitive advantage, enabling them to get their products to market faster, because we work so seamlessly with them, it’s as though we are the same company.”
Ahead With Tekla
“I am proud to say that we are the only ones in Thailand to present to our customers, fully detailed, constructible models of their projects. Instead of sending our customers a CAD file, we can discuss or meet with them via these models, which enables them to easily see and understand what is being discussed. We are exporting models created with Tekla Structures to Trimble Sketchup, a wonderful tool which enables easy utilization of models for our customers.
“Our competitors are still doing their processes manually, and this gives us a competitive advantage, such as time to delivery, and a project that is ready to build, rather than one requiring extensive modifications.”
Today, CPanel’s customers include the leading property developers in the country, and each developer has three or four different housing types. Chakrit credits Tekla software with enabling CPanel to handle this volume and variety with ease, and to work flexibly enough to meet the changing needs of a wide range of customers.
“The use of modern technology such as Tekla software has resulted in 90% more efficient operations and the reduction in total construction time by 60%, compared to the more conventional method we used to employ. Our time to precast has been reduced from thirty days to only seven,”
Chakrit Theepakornsukkasame, Managing Director