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As Building Information Modeling (BIM) becomes the DNA of the AEC industry, students in related fields should be introduced to BIM concepts and tools early in their studies. Although the industry demand for BIM savvy professionals is increasing, universities still differ greatly in their approach and commitment to teaching BIM. Some may merely acknowledge and discuss BIM on lectures, leaving learning the tools to individual students. Others may have fully embraced BIM and incorporated it to their curriculums accordingly.

BIM tools such as Tekla Structures, can be a vehicle for structural engineering students to acquire a versatile set of skills. BIM is more than software; it is a collaborative approach towards planning, designing, modeling, and fabricating structures through the use of cutting-edge information technology.

Whether BIM is still a side note in your university or a fully-implemented learning tool, here are some ways BIM tools can make your average structural engineering courses more interesting:

TRY OUT DESIGN AND DETAILING IN PRACTICE

Whether you are taking a basic course in steel or concrete structures, or studying an advanced course in bridge design, BIM tools offer a tangible way to link the theoretical knowledge acquired in lectures into practice. BIM software allows you to create and modify structures, try out different design approaches and test different structural materials or components.

If you are taking your first steps into BIM world, modifying and analyzing pre-existing BIM models is a quick and easy way to learn design and detailing and start your journey towards becoming more BIM savvy. After you have become more comfortable with BIM tools, you can create your own models and begin refining your design and detailing skills.

GAIN A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS

Having a comprehensive understanding of buildings, structures and construction processes is highly important for structural engineers. BIM tools allow you to walk virtually through a construction model, explore structural components and details and detect clashes. 3D dimensions and detailed information allow you to fully explore and inspect the connections between materials and components and better understand their functionality in the given model.

As a result, you achieve a greater understanding of different construction phases and divisions.

BIM Engineer workflow

IMPROVE YOUR PROBLEM-SOLVING AND CRITICAL THINKING

Structural analysis is a vital aspect of structural engineering and design. When designing structures you are accountable for their safety and functionality while you need to keep in mind cost-effectiveness and environmental constraints. In order to determine the structure’s suitability to its environment and safety for public use, you need to assess and analyze the effects of structural loads on components such as columns, trusses or beams.

BIM tools allow you to efficiently analyze structural loadings and identify structural problems. This way, potential problems can be identified and solved in the design phase, instead of on the site where the solution would likely include deconstruction, delay, waste of material and extra cost.

TAKE TEAM WORK TO ANOTHER LEVEL

As a structural engineering student you must have heard more times than you can count how important it is to collaborate with architects, construction professionals, and other engineers; however, different priorities, values or working methods can hinder collaboration and communication in practice. BIM practices and tools foster transparency and integration, creating better opportunities for AEC professionals to be more in sync early on in the construction process. Information richness and flow transform solo-design into parallel-design, reduce clashes between designs and allow making better design decisions.

Whether you are working together with students from your own discipline or from other disciplines, BIM takes the collaboration to a whole another level.

By joining Tekla Campus you can

  • Download and install free BIM software
  • Learn structural engineering software at your own pace with the help of our learning material
  • Work on your model where ever you want, whenever you want
  • Develop your practical skills in design and detailing
  • Join a community of future BIM experts

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