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TEKLA expands operations in Middle East

Finnish software company TEKLA, makers of model-based operational software for the construction, energy and infrastructure sectors, will open an office in DIC

Software company TEKLA is opening a Middle East office in Dubai Internet City to promote its model-based operational software in the region. TEKLA, which produces a range of modelling solutions for the construction and energy sectors, hopes that the office, which is due to open in October, will allow greater co-operation with its existing clients in the region.

“TEKLA’s products have already proven successful in Gulf markets, and the opening of the Dubai office will further support both existing customers, as well as newly acquired ones,” said Paul McIver, manager for TEKLA Middle East.

Among the company’s offerings is the X product family, which includes Xcity for land-use planning for public infrastructure, Xsteel for modelling steel structures, Xpipe for water and sewage pipe modelling and Xpower for energy distribution networks. The X family of products use model-based planning over document-based, and provide a wide range of functions including reporting, material lists, and other integrated functions.

Xsteel is already in use with several clients in the region, including Emirates Buildings Systems, Cleveland Bridge, J Ray McDermott and Zamil Steel. Michael Cross, structural manager of J Ray McDermott explained why his company used Xsteel: “The speed and flexibility of Xsteel has allowed us to increase our productivity and effectiveness within the engineering support office. Direct download of plate, beam and tubular profiling information to CNC machinery has enhanced our detail product planning. We have been able to issue fabrication shop drawings quickly in order to meet the growing demand for track jobs,” he said.

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