Maximizing the Use of BIM Technology

Laurene, Rickher & Sorrell has made a strong commitment to Building Information Modeling (BIM), with the integration of engineering analysis and design tools. Our BIM platform is Autodesk Revit Structure. We utilize several of the most recent structural engineering software tools for 3-Dimensional modeling, analysis and design of building frames and foundations. Software employed by our structural staff includes “ETABS”, “ADAPT”, “RAMConcePT”, “RAMSTEEL”, “RAMFRAME”, and “RISA3D”. These tools are utilized for gravity, wind, and seismic load design of steel, concrete, masonry, and timber framed structures.

A Better Way to Design and Build

BIM (building information technology) enables a virtual information model to be handed from the design team (architects, landscape architects, surveyors, civil, structural and building services engineers, etc.) to the main contractor and subcontractors and then on to the owner/operator; each professional adds discipline-specific data to the single shared model.

Traditional building design was largely reliant upon two-dimensional technical drawings (plans, elevations, sections, etc.). When fully utilized, BIM goes even beyond the three primary spacial dimensions (3D) of width, height and depth and can also factor time and costs.  BIM therefore deals with more than just geometry. It also overlays spatial relationships, light analysis, geographic information, and quantities and properties of building components during design, construction and even usage and maintenance after completion.