How Building Information Modeling can be integral to Structural Engineers?

How Building Information Modeling can be integral to Structural Engineers?

The intelligent 3D modeling process provides the structural professionals all the tools that they would need in order to design, detail, document and fabricate the structural systems of the building. With the 3D model based approach they can communicate with the stake holders more effectively, check for inter disciplinary collisions, produce more accurate shop drawings and make informed decisions about the whole construction process. In the current article we look at the four the benefits that BIM provides to the structural engineers.  

1. Accurate Shop Drawings:

A lot of structural steel components are prefabricated in an offsite climate controlled factory location and then assembled and installed onsite. In order to accurately prefabricate and install them Steel Shop Drawing Services are integral. Shop Drawings refer to the diagrams, schedules or other structural documents that provide specifications like location, materials, dimensions etc. that are required by the manufacturers, fabricators and onsite ground workers. Shop Drawings also help in keeping a track of steel components when it comes to large assemblies. Utilizing BIM for extracting Shop Drawings is extremely advantageous as it increases accuracy, facilitates quick modifications and augments productivity and speed.

2. 4D Scheduling:

One of the biggest advantages of Structural BIMcan found with 4D BIM solutions. 4D links time related information to the 3D models and allows the project managers a better control over project timeline. They can ensure that project is going according to the schedule and also detect any workflow clash. For instance, the delivery of fabricated components is scheduled after the date of installation. It is crucial to detect such errors as they can have a domino effect and disturb the whole project timeline.

3. Quantity-Take offs:

Another important part of the construction process is quantity-take offs and cost estimation. With 5D it is possible to gain accurate cost-estimation right from the project onset. Moreover, the cost is connected with the quantity of materials and any change in the quantity would directly translate to a change in cost. This reduces the possibility of manual error and ultimately ensures that the final cost is not something completely different from what was quoted.

4. Clash Detection:

There could be a inter disciplinary clash between the structural components and architectural or MEP components. For instance, a steel beam could be occupying the same place as a HVAC pipe. If these clashes are not detected in the preconstruction stage but onsite after the MEP and Structural components are fabricated then it cloud have various cost and time losses. With clash detection it is possible to detect these clashes well before the fabrication or construction and rectify the design. This reduces the chances of onsite errors as well as saves money and resources as well as reduces rework.

Conclusion: Higher Quality and Satisfaction

From the above points it becomes quite apparent that using Structural BIM Services ultimately augments the quality of construction. BIM is also integrated with powerful calculation function that would increase precision. Also with BIM it is possible to ensure all the codes and standards are followed. Thus, with BIM structural engineers, fabricators, builders etc. can gain better, faster and high quality construction outputs.

Written By:
Dhvani Badheka
Dhvani is an irreverent writer who has over 4 years of experience under her belt. She is a life-long learner and a quick study which provides her articles a unique insight. She is always reading, researching new materials and trying to expand her knowledge of the AEC industry so that she can create interesting and valuable content.

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