Changing times require traditional industries to focus on advancement and innovation. A new BIM course at the University in Bochum, Germany, aims to prepare students for BIM in practice.  The Ruhruniversity Bochum is the biggest university in the German Ruhr area, the heart of the steel industry in Europe. The region with its 12 million inhabitants has been facing a hard transition since decades. With its historically huge steel producing industry and traditional steel companies like Thyssenkrupp, the area has always been a spring of innovation and industrial standardization. Within a radius of 200 kilometers you can find major industrial estates of companies like BASF, BAYER, FORD, Volkswagen, Shell or Evonik and a strong link to the industry in Netherlands and Belgium.

The university in Bochum plays an active role in the industry and is a source of young engineers worldwide.  In cooperation with Trimble, the faculty of steel, composite and light metal structures has now launched a new course “Steel structures in BIM”. The course targets master students of civil engineering, interested in applying the BIM method to steel structures in practice.

With 40 participants the event created a lively interest. Based on the solution Tekla Structures the students were introduced to the workflow of developing from a design model to an as-built model. They especially worked on models requiring a level of detailing (LOD) higher than 300.  The students utilized the exercises to bring an IFC design model to fabrication and to site with Tekla Structures.

The strength of Trimble’s BIM solutions are constructible models. Trimble’s models mirror the reality. This was the most impressive aspect for the students. The students see the course as the logical extension of their curriculum. The seminar included an introduction on structural steel fabrication and was completed by an overview of the full capabilities of Tekla Structures focused on 3D rebar reinforcing tools. The students were also introduced to a new concept of including a link to structural analysis and the IFC based BIM workflow.  This was an eye opener for participants, experiencing what it means to bring fully detailed BIM models to the site and gaining a deeper understanding of the possibilities of BIM for the interesting and innovative development of the steel industry.

Students reaction:

“Tekla is awesome.”

“This fits exactly what I need for my master thesis for Thyssenkrupp.”

“If I had known Tekla back when I did my Bachelor’s thesis, it would have saved me a lot of time.”

BIM Students