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Grimes P.,Engenuiti | Sandbrook R.,Engenuiti | Bailiss J.,Engenuiti | Davies C.,Engenuiti
Structural Engineer | Year: 2013

There are significant benefits to using BIM for the structural engineer including digital prototyping, estimation of material quantities and costs, and visualization and management of construction sequences. However, as with any implementation of a new technology a successful transition to BIM requires planning. Developing detailed BIM standards and protocols can seem like a daunting prospect, but there are excellent resources available online. As BIM is still a relatively new design methodology, the number of professionals trained and skilled in the use of the software platforms is limited. In the UK, the consulting engineering sector still tends to be broken into engineers and technicians. In the move from hand drawn construction information to CAD drawings, it was the role of the technician that developed to be the main executor of that method. The evolution of distinct design roles from CAD to BIM is perhaps not as obvious.

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