BIM for Structural Engineers
Building Information Modeling (BIM) helps engineers determine the outcome and performance of the building before it has been built. With BIM engineers are able to integrate structural design with the concept design much earlier in the design process. Structural analysis can be conducted on the BIM model to improve accuracy and efficiency. With better coordination capabilties BIM facilitates clash detection which can be identified and resolved during the design phase, saving costly rework on the constrcution site.
Within the BIM model when a design change is requested, it affects both the physical and the analytical model that the structural engineer is responsible for. Using BIM engineers can create coordinated physical and analytical models and integrate analysis as part of the BIM process. Engineers can analyze structural designs and conduct code checking to help ensure safety of structure prior to construction. Design changes can then easily be communicated back to the architect by linking the intelligent structural model with the architecture model.
"88% of engineers note that better multiparty communication is an important contributor to the value they experience from BIM". - McGraw Hill
- Design with intelligent, information-rich models
- Optimize outcomes by exploring design alternatives
- Connect design intent with analysis and fabrication
- More clearly communicate design intent
- Perform more accurate simulation and analysis
- Minimize waste and total embodied energy
- Help resolve conflicts before construction
- Share designs with detailers, fabricators, and contractors
- Document more accurately—from design to fabrication