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Gulf Steel strengthens position against decline by investing in Tekla Structures


Despite the downturn in the world economic situation, Gulf Steel Work (GSW) has made a strategic decision to expand the use of Tekla Structures BIM (Building Information Modeling) software in the whole corporation. The expansion will be implemented through a two-year frame agreement with Tekla Middle East.

Gulf Steel Work (GSW) is one of the leading fabricators of process equipment and heavy steel structures in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region. The company has used Tekla Structures software for many years and has already seen great benefits from its accurate and efficient 3D modeling.

Tekla Structures is the market-leading 3D software for structural steel and concrete in the world. GSW aims to use the Tekla Structures BIM solution for the design and manufacturing of precast concrete as well as for project management.

“The GSW deal shows that the situation in the industry is not only all doom and gloom. Business will continue and, in this time, companies will look to stabilize their operations and use this opportunity to invest in efficient tools, such as Tekla BIM,” says Mr. Tahir Sharif, Director of the Tekla Middle East office.

“After years of experience and close review and scrutiny of the available solutions on the market, the GSW Engineering Team has come to the conclusion that, considering complexity, ever changing structural requirements, revisions implementation and the need to support CNC machinery programming linked to detailing databases, Tekla software is the most suitable option. In addition to its structural steel detailing feasibility, Tekla software has also proven to be an integrated engineering solution that is in line with the work strategy of automating the fabrication facility at GSW,” says Mr. Harish D. Mehta of Gulf Steel Works.

Tekla’s model-based software products make customers’ core processes more effective in building and construction and infrastructure management. Tekla Corporation has area offices and partner organizations worldwide. International operations account for nearly 85% of net sales. Founded in 1966, Tekla is one of the longest operating software companies in Finland. More information at

Tekla Structures
Tekla’s technology creates new business opportunities for the construction industry. The most advanced building information modeling (BIM) solution on the market includes an accurate, dynamic and data-rich 3-dimensional environment. The highly detailed ’as-built’ digital structural models generated with Tekla Structures software enable effective visualization and management of the project. Effectively integrating model and non-model-based software solutions allows using the building information model in collaborative workflows. Tekla Structures users can streamline the design, fabrication, and construction processes, ultimately ensuring the highest level of constructability in project delivery. Tekla Structures encompasses specialized configurations for structural engineers, steel detailers and fabricators, concrete detailers and manufacturers, and construction companies. More information at

Gulf Steel Work
Gulf Steel Works (GSW) is a strategic business unit of Pan Gulf Holding Group, which has operated in the Saudi market for the last 30 years and has its offices spread across the globe. The Pan Group has presence in engineering, fabrication, contracting, trading, steel supply, fire protection, food, facility management, welding solutions and many other sectors. GSW has been in business for the last 15 years in the fields of design, engineering, fabrication and supply of structural steel, pressure vessels, heat exchangers and other specialized process equipment, catering to major refinery, petrochemical, fertilizer and infrastructure projects across the GCC countries. GSW clientele includes a majority of reputed EPC companies, such as Uhde, Saipem, Snamprogetti, Sinopec, Linde, Samsung, Daelim, and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). Some of the high-profile projects completed by GSW include the YANSAB project in Yanbu, the Marafique Power Project, the Saudi Aramco Hawiyah project, the Saudi Aramco Khursaniah Project, and the SAFCO Expansion project. Structural steel capacity is 3,000 tons per month in its state-of-art, fully mechanized facility in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. GSW also has a dedicated engineering facility (M/s. Pan Gulf Technologies Pvt. Ltd.) in Mumbai, India. More information at


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