Please tell us something about Tekla Corporation, its global presence, its important business areas, and software product range.
Established in 1966 at Espoo, Tekla is one of the oldest software companies in Finland. It has offices in USA, UK, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, France, Japan, China, Dubai, India and Malaysia. In terms of business, building and construction accounts for 80 percent of Tekla’s sales; the remaining 20 percent comes from infrastructure and energy.
Tekla develops model-based software products for the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) market, for local government use and for power companies. These products provide users with state-of-the-art features and functionality for creating, analyzing, and changing modelbased information. Feasible implementation of the products is made possible by Tekla’s own technology platform and architecture.
What is the USP of Tekla’s modelbased technology? What advantages it offers to its clients differentiated from contemporary products?
Tekla’s building and construction division designs software for creation of most accurately detailed and data-rich 3-dimensional (3D) computer models of buildings and structures. These highly constructible models cover the entire design process from conceptual design to detailing, manufacturing and construction stages and represent “as-built” condition of a building. They can be used for creating designs of demanding structures, and making changes that may have a major impact on the cost and the schedule of the project. These models can be changed for incorporating data for different needs without any information loss and errors during the process. Multiuser collaboration is built into them, ensuring full accuracy of communications between, say the consultants and the contractors.
What are the important attributes of Tekla Structures software that streamline the entire structural aspects from concept design to detailing, fabrication, and ultimate construction?
Tekla applications manage large amounts of complex information. This information has a multidimensional geometric or locational component. It is not, however, managed through a drawing or map or 3D visual approach; instead, the information is stored in a data model.
The advantages of a data model approach are obvious: data model evolution, multi-user access, availability in other applications, and other important requirements are easy to fulfill. Since sufficient support for the geometry or location component of the information is not readily available in data model tools, Tekla has gone through a great deal of its own development in this area.
Tekla India has recently won a big software deal from the world’s largest engineering firm Prothious Engineering Services with more than one hundred new Tekla Structures software licenses to India. How this deal is real break for Tekla among the tough competition in India?
Tekla structures has emerge as leading BIM tool/solution globally companies like Prothious are able to deliver services using TS where multiple engineering/ consultancy companies are involved into one project and centralize information becomes vital resources for every participant of project, with Tekla Structures prothious is able to create business module using Tekla Structures that makes them deserving company to win over their competitor, unlike other software’s.
At other end, Tekla Group had other important collaborations with Peikko in the area of pre-cast industry and with the US mobile software provider Vela Systems bringing 4D building information modeling with RFIDenabled field solution to facilitate new management capabilities to construction projects. How these collaborations would strengthen Tekla’s presence in India and what kind of revenue potential the company sees in such cooperation?
Indian infrastructures are growing faster and to accomplish these fast track jobs technologies, collaboration tools and central system supporting data integration are inevitable. Tekla is visionary company and we believe on necessity to develop collaborative tools such as 4D, data integrated workflow from conceptual design stage to erection which answers most of, what if? in current and forthcoming job in Building & Construction industry, and Indian companies are desperately looking to implement such a solution. Not to mention our unmatched solution becomes win-win solution to our customer and Tekla, while we both become dependable partners in India’s ambition to have most modern infrastructure.
In April this year Tekla organized an information conference for analysts in Helsinki. What was the focus of deliberations at the conference and its relevance to India?
Tekla products have become most preferred and first choice to handle many more prestigious projects globally, especially in China and India. Tekla updated its stake holder analysts about change in economy paradigm that is shifting towards South East Asia, which is also becoming major source to provide engineering services to Europe, North America and Middle East. India is becoming hub for providing KPO services to global company which adds new business dimension to Tekla’s growth. Our investors are now more confident on Tekla with this new global opportunities while analysts will be helping us to create proper business module at Tekla to support it.