BIM can be a beneficial platform for structural engineers

Being able to design, model, and document building systems so you and your collaborators visualize exactly what it's going to look like.

Structural BIM brought a revolution to engineering

Working as a structural engineer is already a challenging career, and no doubt you’re always looking for ways to make certain tasks easier. Working with building information modeling can bring a lot of new ways to do your engineering work.

Detailed structural design | Structural engineering codes | Types of structure


Steel shop documentation needs

To reach a successful construction phase, each piece will be piece marked and tracked in multi-level advanced Bill of quantities BOQ and erection sequencing diagrams.

Every steel pile, girder, beam, column, joist, truss, plate, channel, tube, and bar must go through a multitude of raw material transformations – cut, punched, formed, machined, bending, finished, welded, drilled, bolted or riveted to precise specifications for assembly by third-party metal fabricators.


Software’s we use

We use Revit Structure as well as Tekla Structures for structural BIM services. These platforms allows for more consistent and coordinated engineering projects. Both help streamline all of your projects from the design concept phase on up to fabrication. You’ll discover both also help with installation accuracy during construction. Tekla is uniquely designed to assist in piece mark designations for shop drawings in which each element is uniquely labeled to assist in the erection process. Shop drawings will also require specific material information such as the grade of steel, fastener specifications, cleaning and coating requirements, and any pre-construction information testing required. Additionally, detailed geometry for each member is necessary to ensure quality structural fabrication which will meet the engineer’s critical load requirements.


Executing Projects

Our team has years of experience working on projects that use concrete, steel, timber, and composite structural systems. Tekla helps you work with all these materials and fully realizes how they’re going to work through the concept structural design of building to final drawings. For integrated design, there isn’t a better BIM software available. They bring a single model to enhance communication behind the intent of your design.Part of this occurs from Tekla’s easy ability to convert 2D drawings into 3D representations. Being able to fully realize how certain materials are going to look and integrate before construction begins is essential to avoid delays.


Special Structures

Structures like bridge, industrial plants, and silos are good examples of what we can work with using Tekla. This is perhaps surprising to you if you’re used to thinking that BIM software only works with buildings. The easy coordination with your project contributors is what makes using BIM software such a great collaborative program. We already work through a collaborative process with engineers. However, being able to easily share your BIM data with others involved in the project makes for faster fabrication during the final phase.


Detailed structural design

When considering the many challenges of designing structural steel superstructures, from high-rise complexes to sprawling single level industrial facilities to open-air (column free) arenas, one fact has remained consistent (even in today’s high-tech realm of Computer aided design (CAD)) – a huge amount of structural members, steel design and fabrication documentation is required to move the project successfully from engineering to design layout to detail drafting to fabrication shop drawings and finally, field erection. One strong Tekla feature is its ability to analyze your structure even before it’s built. You can conduct simulations and interference detection early in the design process. For structures like bridges and industrial plants, this is obviously invaluable to avoid expensive engineering repairs later due to design errors.


Realistic Documentation

Being able to design, model, and document building systems so you and your collaborators visualize exactly what it’s going to look like is why BIM brought a revolution to engineering and architecture. Through our use of Tekla and Revit, we’ll handle all of your construction drawing stages so you and your team of engineers fully realize each phase. We’ll even add in load analysis and reinforcements to help you visualize things in further detail. With BIM software having seven different levels of data input, a 7D representation will give a visual picture of your structure’s entire life cycle. When the time comes to make repairs or fix an engineering problem, you’ll have all pertinent data in the software available for reference.

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