Kuwait International Airport – The overall finite element model and the importance of Open BIM

SOFiSTiK AG and Werner Sobek AG are presenting one of the most ambitious projects in this webinar; the Kuwait International Airport. (Construction site pictures and updates under: https://www.mpw-t2.com/. Download the project brochure)

In this webinar, Matteo Brunetti, Werner Sobek AG, gives you an overview of the demanding project focusing on the overall finite element model. Using Grasshopper and the SOFiSTiK Rhinoceros Interface, a seamless Open BIM workflow became possible and was essential for this extraordinary project.

Kuwait’s international airport will be expanded by a new terminal building (Terminal 2) based on a design by Foster + Partners by 2022. The building was planned without expansion joints, despite an edge length of 1.2 km and a roof area of more than 320,000 m².

The main structure consists of curved pre-stressed concrete parts with a maximum span of 145m.
A double-curved shell – which consists of innovative prefabricated cassettes – spans between the prefabricated members. The cassettes, made of steel and exposed concrete, determine the architectural appearance of the building and represent one of the most complex supporting structures.

The size of the building, the complex interaction between the various components and the innovative systems are the main reasons making this project so extraordinary.


  • Project Description
  • Open BIM Workflow
  • Pre-Processing
  • Global Model vs Partial Model
  • Post-Processing
  • Staging
  • Calibration


October 21, 2021

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