building information modeling framework for structural design pdf

This is a book primarily about building information modeling (BIM) technology and its application in the structural analysis and design of building structures. The material is presented using relevant case study BIM projects and provides example modeling techniques and exercise problems with solutions. An underlying goal for the material covered is to present the use of BIM technology as part of a design process or BIM framework that can lead to a more comprehensive, intelligent, and
integrated building design—a design by which an optimized structural solution can be achieved in harmony with a building’s intrinsic architectural concepts and spatial purpose.

With this unique emphasis on the application of BIM technology for exploring the intimate relationship between structural engineering and architectural design, the material presented is well suited for students of engineering, architecture, and construction management and can also serve as a valuable resource for building design professionals, building contractors, subcontractors, and fabricators.

The book includes a discussion of current and emerging trends in structural engineering practice and the role of the structural engineer in building design using new BIM technologies. This new technology is significantly transforming twenty-first-century practice activities and is emerging as one of the most promising advances in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) disciplines. Presently, the AEC industry continues to inform its association members and stakeholders about BIM adoption in a variety of ways, including this book. However, at the very core of the BIM evolution is education.

The BIM framework for structural design proposed and presented in this book
provides a method to explore a structural design by blending various threads of
knowledge that can inform a given building structure; some may seem contradictory
and incompatible to arrive at structural beauty and correctness. This BIM framework
is referred to as the structure and architecture synergy framework (SAS framework) or as the buildoid framework (students’ preferred name).

The SAS framework facilitates for the exploration of a structural design as an art while emphasizing engineering principles and thereby provides an enhanced understanding of the influence structure can play in form generation and defining spatial order and composition. The proposed SAS framework will allow architects and engineers to applaud the fusion of art and science and cultivate professional qualities to meet the demands of today’s as well as tomorrow’s integrated practice requirements.

This key relationship between structure and architecture is therefore fundamental to the art of building. It sets up conflicts between the technical, scientific, and artistic agendas that architects and engineers must resolve. The method in which the resolution is carried out is one of the most critical criteria for the success of a building design. The SAS framework focuses on the resolution of such conflict by enhancing the understanding of the interplay between architecture and structure as well as expanding the design vocabulary.