BIM in Structural Engineering: A Study of Interoperability Between BIM Platform and FEM Software on Structural Modelling, Analysis and Design

Dlubal Software fully supports you and your student project and bachelor, master, or doctoral thesis.

  • Theses

Thesis

Submit Your Thesis

Submit your thesis

Have you used Dlubal structural analysis software for your bachelor, master or diploma thesis, dissertation or scientific article and would like to publish your thesis on our website and on our social media channels? Your benefits:

08/26/2021

000445

Slovenia

Master Thesis

RFEM

Author Muniru Nyei
University University of Ljubljana

Building Information Modelling (BIM) shows exceptional advantages and potentials in the field of structural engineering as well. These potentials, e.g., productivity, coordination, visualization, documentation, and waste reduction, cannot be achieved without an appropriate mechanism to ensure the smooth transfer of data from the BIM platform to structural analysis or Finite Element Modelling (FEM) software. Challenges in data transfer or interoperability to be among the key factors hindering the full participation of structural engineers in BIM workflow.

This thesis seeks to examine the possibilities of conversion from the Revit BIM platform to FEM software by exchanging a central Revit model, supplemented by appropriate load-bearing data, with commonly used FEM programs like RFEM and others. We first reviewed in detail the use of BIM in structural engineering, focusing on the impacts on structural design and workflow, key benefits, and some challenges during use. The three main levels of interoperability between BIM and FEM software are then defined and theoretically researched and explained in detail. These interoperability levels are direct native file exchange (exchange between the same commercial software providers), direct link or bi-directional data exchange, and IFC (Industry Foundation Class). Two case studies are conducted to support the conclusions of this thesis. This study found that the exchange of data via this interface is well synchronized and efficient. The efficiency of the interface in terms of structural engineering BIM workflow is proven with a high degree of reliability.

The results of this thesis provide relevant information on the interoperability of BIM in structural engineering. In addition, the study confirms the results of previous studies showing that interoperability (most especially direct link interoperability level) is the most effective means of communicating data between the Revit BIM platform and structural engineering software.

Keywords

BIM Interoperability Building Information Modeling Structural Modelling Analysis Design

Downloads

Links

Write Comment...

Write Comment...

  • Views 307x
  • Updated 09/24/2021

Contact us

Contact Dlubal

Are you a registered student and have a question about using our structural analysis programs for free? Just contact us via our free e-mail, chat, or forum support or find various suggested solutions and useful tips on our FAQ page.

(267) 702-2815

info-us@dlubal.com

With the free student license, I can familiarize myself with the software and use it during my studies

"RSTAB is a software program that I recently discovered and which is very helpful for the calculation of steel structures. With the available webinars on the Dlubal website, I have familiarized myself with the various functions of the program. With the free student license, I can familiarize myself with the software and use it during my studies. I especially recommend it to civil engineering students."

Event Invitation

2022 NASCC: The Steel Conference

Conference 03/23/2022 - 03/25/2022

Event Invitation

International Mass Timber Conference

Conference 04/12/2022 - 04/14/2022

Event Invitation

Structures Congress 2022

Conference 04/21/2022 - 04/22/2022

Effective BIM Workflows Between RSTAB and RFEM and IDEA StatiCa

Effective BIM Workflows Between RSTAB & RFEM and IDEA StatiCa

Webinar 08/05/2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CEST

Glass Design with Dlubal Software

Glass Design with Dlubal Software

Webinar 06/08/2021 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM CEST

Blast Time History Analysis in RFEM

Blast Time History Analysis in RFEM

Webinar 05/13/2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Timber structures | Part 2: Design

Timber Beam and Surface Structures | Part 2: Design

Webinar 05/11/2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CEST

Plate and Shell Buckling Utilizing Dlubal Software

Plate and Shell Buckling Utilizing Dlubal Software

Webinar 03/30/2021 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM CEST

CSA S16:19 Steel Design in RFEM

CSA S16:19 Steel Design in RFEM

Webinar 03/10/2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

The Most Common User Errors With RFEM and RSTAB

The Most Common User Errors With RFEM and RSTAB

Webinar 02/04/2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM BST

ADM 2020 Member Design in RFEM

ADM 2020 Member Design in RFEM

Webinar 01/19/2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Dlubal Info Day

Dlubal Info Day Online | December 15, 2020

Webinar 12/15/2020 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM BST

FEA Troubleshooting and Optimization in RFEM

FEA Troubleshooting and Optimization in RFEM

Webinar 11/11/2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Soil-Structure Interaction in RFEM

Soil-Structure Interaction in RFEM

Webinar 10/27/2020 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM BST

NBC 2015 Modal Response Spectrum Analysis in RFEM

NBC 2015 Modal Response Spectrum Analysis in RFEM

Webinar 09/30/2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Documenting Results in the RFEM Printout Report

Webinar 08/25/2020 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM CEST

ACI 318-19 Concrete Design in RFEM

ACI 318-19 Concrete Design in RFEM

Webinar 08/20/2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

How to Be More Productive Using RFEM

How to Be More Productive Using RFEM

Webinar 07/07/2020 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CEST