The smart 3D modeling process gives the structural engineers all the necessary tools that they require for designing, detailing, documenting, and fabricating the structural systems within a building. The 3D model helps them to communicate with the stakeholders in an effective manner, check for interdisciplinary collisions, produce more accurate shop drawings, and make informed decisions regarding the whole construction procedure. In this article, we will go through some of the benefits that structural engineers get from BIM.
- Accurate Shop Drawings – Numerous structural steel parts are prefabricated in an offsite climate-controlled factory location and assembled and then installed on-site. To prefabricate accurately and install them, Steel Shop Drawing Services are important. Shop Drawings contain diagrams, schedules, or other structural documents which provide specifications such as location, materials, dimensions, orientation, etc., which are necessary requirements for the manufacturers, fabricators, and onsite workers. Shop Drawings also help in tracking the steel components when large assemblies are concerned. The utilization of BIM for the extraction of Shop Drawings is very beneficial as it not only increases the accuracy but also facilitates quick modifications and increases productivity and speed.
- 4D Scheduling – One of the major benefits of Structural BIM is found with 4D BIM solutions. 4D BIM links the time-related information with the 3D models and enables the project managers to control the project timeline. They can ensure that the project is progressing according to its scheduled time and detect if there is any workflow clash. For example, if the delivery of the fabricated components is scheduled after the installation date, it becomes difficult to detect such errors as they can have a domino effect and disturb the whole project workflow and timeline.
- Quantity-Take-offs – One of the most important parts of the construction process is the estimation of the materials and the cost. It is possible to extract the accurate cost estimation right from the project onset with the help of 5D BIM. In addition to that, the cost is related to the number of materials, and any change made in the quantity would directly result in a change in cost. BIM reduces the occurrence of manual error and ensures that the final cost is approximate to the expected overall cost.
- Clash Detection – There might occur an interdisciplinary clash between the MEP (or architectural) components and structural components. For example, a steel beam could possibly occupy the same place as an HVAC pipe. If these clashes fail to be detected in the pre-construction stage but are detected after the prefabrication of MEP BIM and Structural components, then it can result in cost and time losses. With clash detection, these clashes can possibly be detected before the fabrication or construction takes place, and hence, the design can be rectified. This not only reduces the chances of onsite errors and rework but also money and resources.
The above-mentioned points act more as proof that using structural BIM services increases the quality and efficiency of the construction. If you want high-quality construction outputs, Monarch Innovation will be the best choice. Contact Monarch Innovation for the best BIM services.