Date of Award

8-2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Marvin Halling

Abstract

This paper explores how the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) can be a beneficial platform for structural engineers. The current state of BIM is analyzed, giving a general overview on how architectural; engineering and construction firms are applying it on their projects. The applicability of BIM to structural engineering is discussed, and how it impacts the structural design and its workflow. The benefits of using BIM in structural engineering are then analyzed, in the areas of productivity, coordination, and visualization, and a case study is developed to test the interoperability between BIM software and structural analysis software. The findings of this study provide useful information for everyone interested in increasing their knowledge on BIM technology in structural engineering.

11-25-2013