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Learn how BIM software helps structural engineers deliver optimized, coordinated designs and documentation faster.

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BIM for structures

Building Information Modeling (BIM) helps structural engineers optimize designs, improve collaboration, and deliver projects faster. Using BIM, structural engineers can make more informed design decisions, automate construction documentation, and produce more constructible designs.

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How is BIM used?

BIM is an intelligent, 3D model-based process that helps structural professionals to design, detail, document, and fabricate structural systems. BIM enables project teams to work more collaboratively – helping to optimize designs, improve accuracy, and connect design to fabrication.

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BIM collaboration tools supported an integrated project delivery (IPD) model for a building at Brown University, speeding delivery by months and shortening work schedules by 20%.

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See how structural firms are using BIM

Exterior of Guilin Airport


For a new airport terminal in Guilin, China, SSEC used BIM to detail, fabricate, and construct a complex steel structure that embodies the area’s distinctive landscape.

Image courtesy of Beijing Institute of Architectural Design

Exterior of Bulgari Factory


Open Project designed and detailed a secure, multi-layered structure for the factory and headquarters of Italian fine-jewelry and watch maker Bulgari.

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Exterior of the office extension


Basler & Hoffmann AG embraced BIM throughout an entire building addition project, enabling every stakeholder to work from a single model.

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BIM software for structural engineers

Autodesk’s BIM tools help structural engineers, detailers, and fabricators to work more efficiently and improve project outcomes.

Featured Resources

  • Getting started with BIM for building design

    BIM pilot guide

    This eGuide provides an introduction on what successful BIM implementation looks like in practice, and how firms can get started on their first project.

  • Structure of a building

    The move from 2D to 3D

    Learn how to overcome business challenges and gain a competitive edge by moving to BIM-based structural detailing.

  • Connecting design and construction

    Connecting design and construction

    This report outlines how designers, fabricators, and contractors are using BIM to collaborate more effectively.

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