Use of Building Information Modeling is accelerating dramatically, driven by major private and government owners who want to institutionalize its benefits of faster, more certain project delivery, and more reliable quality and cost. According to the 2013 McGraw Hill Construction SmartMarket report, “The Business Value of BIM for Construction in Major Global Markets,” adoption of BIM has reached more than 70 percent among firms in North America. Leading engineering firms are finding that BIM provides opportunities for companies to reshape projects at an ecosystem level, changing workflows in ways that deliver important results.
Figure 1: BIM-driven workflows can include structural detailing to better optimize the structural design to detailing process together.
A major driver of this evolution is that engineering firms are looking for better return on investment from BIM (see Figure 1). Even with a high adoption rate of BIM and owners seeing better coordinated designs with fewer requests for information, engineers are not being fully recognized financially. Other external factors at play include fewer construction projects, tighter project schedules, and lower design fees. Some firms have tried to reduce costs through mergers and acquisitions or offshoring of certain services. Others are exploring technologies such as mobile and cloud that better streamline processes such as multidiscipline collaboration and structural analysis and design.
This video focuses on telling the story of Steelway Building Systems. Steelway is a structural building systems detailer and fabricator based in Canada, who use Advance Steel to accurate model and drive fabrication of steel components.
This video provides insight into how to use the Revit tools in the best way for creating complete shop drawings and final rebar schedules. Take a look at the partitioning, the numbering, the bar presentation, the multi-rebar annotation tools and more in action.
Glumac, a consulting engineering firm with offices throughout the West Coast and in Shanghai, is a leader in sustainable design—engineering green buildings that work. The team had been using the Autodesk Building Design Suite to create photorealistic renderings of its architectural designs for years. But recently, they faced a particularly challenging and important client proposal—a project for the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles.
That’s when they discovered the time-saving magic of rendering in the cloud.
Before discovering rendering in Autodesk 360, they had been trying to figure out how they could show the client their detailed plan visuals, without having to go through time-intensive process that usually comes with rendering images. That’s when David Rushford, the Director of BIM Integration at Glumac, noticed the “Render in the Cloud” button.
Right next to the normal “Render” button, David tried the new cloud rendering button, and to his surprise, the renderings that used to take numerous hours to complete, took mere minutes!
Thrilled to be able to produce such beautiful renderings in a fraction of the time it used to, they were able to render a slew of stunning visuals for their client presentation.
“To present extremely complex information in ways that everyone can understand, gives us a competitive advantage,” said Steven Straus, Chief Executive Officer at Glumac.
The renderings were a hit—their client was impressed by their plans for the Wilshire Hotel, sealing the deal for the project.
To see just how Glumac found their success with cloud rendering in Autodesk 360, watch the video:
Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional Wind Simulator Validation Brief and Direct Analysis Method whitepapers are now available on the iBooks Store. These copies were designed for iPad. To view these books on an iPad, you must have iBooks 3 or later and iOS 5.1 or later. You can also explore these books on your Mac.
These books are available for free and take advantage of some of great things you can do on your iPad or Mac. They are capable of Multi-Touch, audio, video, and more. With Multi-Touch Books, you are no longer limited to flat images on paper. You can flick or swipe through a photo gallery or listen to audio commentary etc.
Designing for stability is a critical requirement for all steel structures, but implementing the latest stability analysis methods into engineering workflows can be challenging and have significant negative effects if done improperly. With the release of the AISC Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (AISC 360-05) in 2005, AISC introduced the Direct Analysis Method and imposed new requirements for stability analysis and design. These changes represent a fundamental shift in how engineers consider destabilizing effects, shifting the accounting of these effects from member capacity calculations to member demand (analysis) calculations. Utilizing the Direct Analysis Method results in greater accuracy, simplified member capacity calculations, and greater applicability to more types of structures. Read more.