Structural engineers have a role across the entire lifecycle of an asset and can contribute to the BIM process in collaboration with other disciplines (architecture, construction works and safety, plant engineering and maintenance, etc.), thus supporting multi-disciplinary decision-making activities.
With regard to the field of structural engineering, data that are part of the BIM model are generally in the form of:
Structural geometric model integrated in more complex models
Object modeling, calculation and finished elements analysis
Technical descriptions and other documentation
The below are four key advantages of BIM to structural engineering:
The use of the IFC format in data exchange between BIM software is breaking down all the barriers between platforms for models and data sharing between platforms. This exchange of data is a big step forward compared to the alternative of building parallel models or choosing a single software to complete the whole process. Simply put, you can get the same project data adapted to any related BIM-based software.
With the use of BIM software in the construction workflow, both relation and productive aspects are covered and can bring great advantages. Conflicts that may appear between different models and software no longer exist, as well as barriers and conflicts between the various specialists involved. An easier sharing of models entails a better relationship between the various technical experts who are able to exchange and share knowledge. That also increases skills and productivity for the whole team.
Thanks to interoperability and clash detection tools integrated in the software and in the BIM platforms, time saving is surely one of the aspects that immediately emerges as an advantage of using a BIM tool. Consequently, this allows to save tens or even hundreds of hours as compared to manual checking drawing on paper. And in the construction world it is certainly known how much time savings is worth, especially in financial terms.
BIM IS THE FUTURE
The widespread diffusion of BIM is not only concerning the world of software houses and technical experts, but also public and private clients. This trend is leading toward a sector growth, replacing everything that for years has moved around CAD.
BIM allows AEC professionals to transform even the most complex models into reality, allowing a much more detailed modeling with a larger variety of materials, saving time, resources and space. Users can thus focus on what is essential.
We are experts in delivering detailed Structural BIM Modeling Services with structural components like foundation, beams, columns, trusses, anchor bolts, purlins etc. We are able to develop models from LOD 100 to LOD 500 such as BIM Models for fabrication, as-built models etc. We constantly keep updating our library of components to be utilized in our projects. You can get extracted Steel Shop Drawings from the 3D BIM Structure Models on request.
We extract Structural Quantity takeoff and schedules from structural models for our Clients. These takeoffs can be used for material procurement, manpower planning and estimating the structural budget.
We have an expertise in providing Structural Shop Drawing Services extracted from Structural BIM Models. We ensure the drawings are compliant to the steel detailing standards required.
Structural BIM solutions are being provided for the following assets:
Retail projects and many more.
Don’t hesitate to contact us for any related query. You will always be welcome at Trident.