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The Benefits of Using Building Information Modeling in Structural Engineering

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The Benefits of Using Building Information Modeling in Structural Engineering Cesar Augusto Hunt Utah State University This Thesis is brought to you for free and open access by the Graduate Studies, School of at DigitalCommons@USU. It has been accepted for inclusion in All Graduate Plan B and other Reports by an authorized administrator of DigitalCommons@USU. For more information, please contact becky.thoms@usu.edu. Recommended
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  Utah State University  DigitalCommons@USU   All Graduate Plan B and other ReportsGraduate Studies, School of 8-1-2013 Te Benets of Using Building InformationModeling in Structural Engineering  Cesar Augusto Hunt Utah State University Tis Tesis is brought to you for free and open access by the GraduateStudies, School of at DigitalCommons@USU. It has been accepted forinclusion in All Graduate Plan B and other Reports by an authorizedadministrator of DigitalCommons@USU. For more information, pleasecontact becky.thoms@usu.edu. Recommended Citation Hunt, Cesar Augusto, Te Benets of Using Building Information Modeling in Structural Engineering (2013).  All Graduate Plan Band other Reports. Paper 319.hp://digitalcommons.usu.edu/gradreports/319    THE BENEFITS OF USING BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING IN STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING  by Cesar Augusto Hunt De Leon A report summited in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE in Civil and Environmental Engineering Approved by:  ______________________ Dr. Marvin Halling Major Professor  ______________________ Dr. Paul Barr Committee Member  ______________________ Dr. James Bay Committee Member UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY Logan, Utah 2013  ii ABSTRACT This paper explores how the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) can be a  beneficial platform for structural engineers. The current state of BIM is analyzed, giving a general overview on how architectural; engineering and construction firms are applying it on their projects. The applicability of BIM to structural engineering is discussed, and how it impacts the structural design and its workflow. The benefits of using BIM in structural engineering are then analyzed, in the areas of productivity, coordination, and visualization, and a case study is developed to test the interoperability between BIM software and structural analysis software. The findings of this study provide useful information for everyone interested in increasing their knowledge on BIM technology in structural engineering. (42 pages)  iii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I would like to thank everyone that in one way or the other made this project  possible. I would like to thank my advisor and major professor, Dr. Marvin Halling for giving me the opportunity to do research and for guiding me through the culmination of my master’s degree . I am thankful for the members of my committee, Dr. Paul Barr and Dr. James Bay for their support and guidance on this project. Thanks to my family, especially my parents, Cesar and Janet, for their unconditional love and continuous support even throughout the distance. There is no doubt that I would not be the man I am today if it was not because of them. I would like to thank all the wonderful friends that I have made here at Utah State University. All of them, especially Marcelle, Rafael and Wilhem, have been an incredible support these last couple years, and they have earned a good spot in my heart. Cesar Hunt
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