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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.

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  • Revit and Tekla

    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.

  • 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 software’s high level of detail. 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 bridges, 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.

  • Design Development

    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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Massive Design Documentation

How can a 3D structural steel model-centric approach help A&E firms better manage the engineering workflow.

Design Challange

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 and drafting (CADD)) – 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.

Creating Steel Shop Drawings with Revit

Revit 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 testing required. Additionally, detailed geometry for each member is necessary to ensure quality structural fabrication which will meet the engineer’s critical load requirements.

Fabrication Solutions with Tekla

Developers of the Tekla Steel software application recognized and responded to fabrication challenges in structural steel superstructure design. Increased flexibility and powerful productivity tools support steel detailing and assembly drawing processes. The result is minimized steel fabrication rework – an issue which promotes costly field delays, engineering change notifications, or less than optimum on-site welding and punching operations as quick fixes.

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Steel shop documentation needs

To reach a successful construction phase, each piece will be piece marked and tracked in multi-level advanced bill-of-materials 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.

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