Heijmans generic application: “Working more efficiently to make more time for smart solutions”

Generic applications that can be used in many different projects; that is what Heijmans has been working on in recent months.

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Bart Vosslamber is an engineer at Heijmans and explains, “We have now made two applications, one calculates the pile bearing capacity for different CPTs and the other calculates the required concrete cross sections (with reinforcing bars) under different loads.” The advantage of the applications is that they can be used in any project, despite the fact that every construction project is unique.

No project is the same, but every project contains elements that often recur. Heijmans made applications precisely for those elements, so that these calculations no longer have to be done manually. Vosslamber: “We are convinced that the future lies in parameterization. You need building blocks that can solve the parametric issues. ” The applications are two such building blocks. They make the process more efficient.

“We opted for an application about pile bearing capacity, because there are foundation piles in every project. And concrete cross sections must also be reinforced in every project. ”

Bart Vosslamber, engineer at Heijmans

The applications make changes more efficient, for example, and reports are easier to adjust. “Suppose something changes in the design, then all calculations have to be done again,” says Vosslamber. “The application allows you to redo those calculations with the push of a button.” This saves a lot of time, which leads to new ideas and the number of useful tools can increase.

There are now two applications and the goal is to expand that number. This expansion can be done in two ways, says Vosslamber, “We can now calculate a rectangular slab of concrete, which can be expanded to round sections. In addition, there are even more interesting applications for the future, for example for steel cross sections or load combinations. ” These expansions are also already planned at Heijmans.

The applications are made on the VIKTOR platform. Heijmans developed the applications themselves, where they first had training on how to do that. “We have chosen to do it ourselves, because we have the substantive knowledge about structures. When you work with it you are better able to specify what kind of tool you actually want. If I want this as a result, I have to ask it that way, ”explains Vosslamber.

The help from VIKTOR in developing the applications went well. “The cooperation went well, they are committed people and they answer your question quickly,” says Vosslamber. “There is still room for improvement, for example in the flexibility of the layout of the application.” The VIKTOR platform has a fixed layout, which is clear, but not easily customizable. According to Vosslamber, there is still something to be gained.

Nevertheless, they are happy with what the applications can do for them. Vosslamber, “With every construction we come up with, we have to provide a report to substantiate why the construction we have made is strong enough.” The application helps them to draw up that report easily, so that their clients can clearly see how, for example, a cross-section has been made and which calculations are involved.

Heijmans would like to smarten up and focus on automation and parametrization. The two applications that have now been created are the beginning and more are already planned. Vosslamber, “With these applications we can work more efficiently in every project and we can invest more energy in smart solutions, which is very beneficial for both us and our customers.”

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