Autorska Pracownia Konstrukcyjna “WOJDAK”
Autorska Pracownia Konstrukcyjna “WOJDAK” uses Autodesk BIM solutions to increase the efficiency of its structural design and analysis for a new sports arena in Poland.
About Autorska Pracownia Konstrukcyjna “WOJDAK”
Autorska Pracownia Konstrukcyjna “WOJDAK” is a Polish structural engineering firm specializing in the custom design of complex steel and reinforced concrete structures. Founded in 1995 by Ryszard Wojdak, notable structural designs of the Gdańsk firm include the new Basilica in Licheń and the roof replacement of the medieval Saint Catherine’s Church in Gdańsk. The firm recently received the Autodesk BIM Experience Award for its use of BIM on the Baltic Arena sports stadium project.
About the Baltic Arena
The Baltic Arena is Gdańsk’s new 44,000-seat sports stadium that will host the 2012 European Football Championship. Currently under construction, the arena’s basic supporting structure consists of a monolithic slab supported by prefabricated reinforced concrete frames, coupled by joints to prefabricated reinforced concrete columns.
Autorska Pracownia Konstrukcyjna “WOJDAK” used Autodesk BIM solutions to increase the overall efficiency of its structural design and analysis on this project. The firm used Revit Structure software for its reinforced concrete structural design and Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis software for its structural analysis. In addition, the firm used AutoCAD® software for documentation production.
Integrated Design and Analysis
From a structural point of view, one of the most innovative features of the stadium design was a complicated spatial arrangement of concrete plates that were used to transfer forces to the stadium’s foundation. The firm’s engineers were able to more quickly model and test many design variations using Revit Structure software and Robot Structural Analysis—resulting in a more optimized, higher-quality structural design of the stadium.
Leveraging the architect’s AutoCAD-based plans, the firm began its design process by using Revit Structure to develop a preliminary reinforced concrete structural model in just two days. Next the firm imported the Revit design model into Robot Structural Analysis software to analyze the design. By taking advantage of the tight integration of Revit Structure and Robot Structural Analysis software, the firm estimates that it helped to reduce the person-hours associated with creating the design models and performing the structural calculations by almost 85 percent.
Improved Design Visualization and Collaboration
During the design development of the Baltic Arena, the Autorska Pracownia Konstrukcyjna “WOJDAK” engineering team relied on Revit Structure to better visualize its emerging design. Working on its design in a 3D modeling environment, the team could see more precisely how all the elements of the design came together, enabling a faster and more accurate design process.
The firm also improved the collaboration and communication with its client on this project by using the Revit Structure model for project reviews and to create more photorealistic renderings of the arena. During project reviews, the extended project team used the Revit Structure model to more quickly investigate potential changes and resolve design issues, resulting in faster more informed decision-making.