Structure of an object is like a skeleton of a human body. Hence, structure acts as a basic framework for any building. The robustness of any building immensely depends on its inner structure. Every day, various advanced technologies are getting introduced to the Structural Engineering Industry which helps in the construction of different types of modish buildings. Structural and Civil Engineering Industry is passing through a change cycle owing to various innovations in the way projects are executed.
Structural modeling is one of the prime phases of structural services. It is basically a mathematical or a wireframe representation of a 3D model. It helps to visualize each corner of a virtual building structure. In BIM structural modeling, we represent a 3D model by considering each possible dimension i.e. 3D, 4D (time scheduling), 5D (cost estimation), 6D (sustainability) and 7D (facility and asset management).
The sole purpose of its usage is to ease the structural model related complexity and to make a strong building structure. It helps to reduce cost and increase profit in the industry effectively. It is extensively used for different types of construction in various fields like Commercial, Residential, Industrial, Educational, Health Care etc.
Structural modeling facilitates modelers utilize different software to develop a precise 3D model. Before computer era began, engineers generally used paper for drafting or designing building structures. This posed as a great challenge to them. They often faced troubles in creating drawings with high accuracy. It made an easy way for modelers and engineers by providing enormous advantages over the restriction of paper and CAD drawings.
To develop a stable framework, engineers should consider every minute detail and all external damaging factors like stress, load, thermal effect etc. Besides building framework, software can also help develop structural 3D models of different parts of a building. Structural modeling helps engineers make an accurate estimation of the materials and components used during construction, thereby resulting in cost saving. It also aids in getting a clear perception of both Interior and Exterior 3D structural views.
We get the following benefits from this modeling:
- It helps to reduce the chances of errors
- Very easy to handle
- Assists in increasing profit
- Helps to apply innovative ideas and get different perspectives
- Aids in getting high quality outcomes
It is expected that Structural 3D modeling will bring more versatile ideas for us to fulfill our dreams into reality. Without an iota of doubt, it is definitely the future of modeling services.
Divya Dave is a Senior Manager with Tesla Outsourcing Services. An engineer and management graduate, she has been working with the outsourcing industry now for more than a decade. With a passion for writing, she writes on topics that provide an insight into CAD, BIM, and 3D Visualization services for the Architectural, Structural, and MEP disciplines. Her focus is to enable architects and engineering professionals in the AEC industry to adopt the right technology so as to increase their efficiency and profitability.