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2018 Winter Olympics main arena designed using Tekla software

Trimble used its BIM technology to design one of the main stadiums for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games

Gangneung Ice Arena.
Gangneung Ice Arena.

US-based technology company Trimble revealed that it has used its BIM technology to design one of the main stadiums for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

The software, Tekla Structures, was used to design the Gangneung Ice Arena, which hosted two events during the Olympic Games this year, including the figure skating and short track speed skating events.  

Completed in December 2016, the stadium comprises of two underground levels and four stories above ground with a gross area of more than 32,400m2 and a capacity to accommodate 12,000 seats.

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According to the company, the technology played a crucial role in minimising errors in the entire process from designing complex steel structures to the fabrication and installation, as well as the completion of construction within a short period of time.

Wan-soon Park of Trimble Korea, said: “It is very meaningful that Trimble’s 3D BIM technologies were applied to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, which are drawing attention from around the world.”

He added: “You can create a detailed and constructible 3D model with Tekla Structures no matter how complicated a steel structure is.”

Designed with large open spaces, the arena’s roof encompasses complicated pipe trusses, which were fabricated and constructed by Dongbu Steel.

The steelmaker utilised Trimble’s Tekla Structures software for detailed design of the complicated pipe truss structure, creating digital simulation of steel structure.

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Dongbu Steel was able to “construct without errors” using the pre-review option ahead of the steel fabrication and construction phase based on information derived from detailed 3D BIM design data in the Tekla Structures model.

Byoung-ho Doh, senior manager of Dongbu Steel, said: “Tekla structures makes it possible to review meticulously prior to steel fabrication and construction based on rich information.”


“We are planning for construction simulation in the scheduled future project by utilizing Trimble’s excellent technology.

“In addition, we are looking forward to the development of solution that can manage entire project process spanning from digital simulation of steel structures to safety management and maintenance as well as development of 3D modeling related industries.”

In particular, the steel fabricator could raise the level of completion of complex steel structures and numerous joints in the actual construction site by making use of design data provided with LOD (Level of Development) 400.

Together with this, related departments and those involved in the project could enhance efficiency of fabrication and construction by collaborating using the 3D model and adjusting workflow.

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