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Guideline structural analysis in BIM

Kemerink, R. (2018) Guideline structural analysis in BIM.

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Abstract:This document contains the research for the BSc Thesis that focusses on one of the features of Building Information Modelling (BIM), structural analysis, which is the determination of the effects of loads on physical structures and their components. The purpose of this research is to identify possible trajectories for the incorporation of the structural analysis in the BIM process, to develop a middleware that interacts between the architectural and structural design disciplines, and to recommend a practical solution for the client to adapt their workflow towards a more integrative structural design that can ensure improvements in efficiency of the design. The main questions of this research are; which technique can be adopted by the client for the better integration of structural analysis in their BIM process and workflow and how can this be integrated. The research consists of two phases. The first phase is the preparation phase which is intended to gather background information about the subject. Therefore, a literature review containing state-of-the-art knowledge about this subject is presented, where the possibilities and difficulties that are present concerning structural analysis in BIM are investigated. Furthermore, this research contains interviews with employees at the company to investigate the current situation of the BIM workflow and to discuss this. The aim of this is to develop sufficient background knowledge for developing a strong argumentation to support the recommendations. Based on literature and interviews, a few trajectories for the integration of structural analysis are introduced, along with a new concept that entails an improvement on the information exchange between the different disciplines during a building project. The second phase is the production phase in which new knowledge is generated. New tools are developed to support the new concept. These tools have been verified by testing it on different projects and validated by giving a workshop to the employees and starting a conversation about the tools. The method presented encompasses a concept that aims to improve the process of revisions by creating a new middleware to store data. The middleware contains information that is specifically associated with the construction. The concept contains two processes. One process is used to extract data from a BIM model to a spreadsheet that is used for structural analysis purposes and the other process involves the modification of elements within a spreadsheet.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Civil Engineering BSc (56952)
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