BIM 150 – BIM for Structural Engineers

BIM has been called many things: a paradigm shift, a disruptive innovation, and a new market segment. The fundamental similarity in all of these classifications is that BIM has changed the way the construction industry does business. These changes can be felt in the largest of scopes to the most granular of activities. In the past course, we stated that most BIM projects follow the same paths—while at the same time—each BIM project tends to be unique within that path. In this course, we will focus on how BIM as a paradigm shift has impacted structural engineers.

By the end of BIM 150 – BIM for Structural Engineers course, you should be able to describe how the tools of 3D modeling effectively support the structural engineering practice, describe how BIM objects within a structural model are universally standardized to support a strong digital lifecycle, describe how structural engineers can strategically partner with a detailer to enhance their BIM capacities, and define concurrent engineering and explain how the process can enhance construction timelines.

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Course Outline

Getting Started

The BIM Savvy Structural Engineer
A Clear BIM Direction
Model Development Minimums of Design Intent Models
Fabrication and Detailing

The Design Intent Model
Reconciliation and Record Models
Structural Opportunities

Conclusion for Structural Engineers

About the Author

Megan Johnson is an AIA registered architect and avid academic who is the BIM Director for an architecture firm in Virginia. She has trained thousands of individuals to use Revit in a BIM-savvy manner over the past ten years. She has spoken internationally and has been published several times in publications like the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences.