Structural modelling and analysis using BIM tools

Student thesis: Master thesis (including HD thesis)

  • Anne Kathrine Nielsen
  • Søren Madsen
4. term, Structural and Civil Engineering, Master (Master Programme)
This study will focus on the structural engineering part in the detail design phase of the building process.

Different S-BIM tools are evaluated through analyses of five structures with varying complexity, different section properties, geometry, material properties and so on.

The S-BIM tools evaluated are:
- Add-on tool for Revit Structure
- Direct link between Revit and Robot
- Direct link between Revit and StaadPro
- Indirect link between Revit and Robot via IFC

The Revit add-on tool tested can be rather useful for calculating section forces and deflection in feasibility studies if a ’load-takedown’ feature is introduced.

It is found that the direct links in general are best. Regarding timber structures, the link between Revit and Robot works better than the link between Revit and StaadPro.

The tested IFC exchange file format, IFC Coordination View, was not found suitable for the tests performed in this study.
Publication date9 Jun 2010
Number of pages81
Publishing institutionThe School of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University
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