The BIM Process for Structural Engineers: The ability to detail Concrete designs in one model

Coordination between the design intent and detailed models has always been a very hectic issue. BIM enables seamless transitions from the design to the detailed model while still following local codes and automating changes so they aren’t disruptive to the design process.

Structure engineers typically use different software from other project stakeholders. Many companies have been using tools to import and export files between their software programs. But you feel simplicity and precision should factor for coordinating and ultimately result in reliable behavior for any structure throughout its lifecycle.

Precast concrete walls are a good example. These walls have specific dimensions based on the position in the building. Engineers and architects specify segmentation, and structural engineers specify the reinforcement.

Structural Analysis of Revit Model

Let’s imagine the architect sends us a conceptual design. The structural engineer comes up with a mathematical model and a structure. To perform structural analysis, Revit offers multiple tools for developing the analytical model and editing it. The model can export to other analysis software you can use along with Revit. The results can import into Revit to evaluate the impacts of various design changes.

Rebar definition can now begin with the results available in the Revit model. AMER and EMEA follow different approaches to this process. Structure engineers start by analyzing the efforts and proposing reinforcement patterns, a practice generally encountered.

A structural engineer can refer to the concrete elements and reinforcement patterns on a plan and a scaled model using engineering schedules or place tags. The structural analysis allows the determination of rebar more directly and in compliance with local codes, which is a method that is commonly employed in Europe.

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Arka Roy
www.bimoutsourcing.com

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