When 3D modeling replaced 2D CAD, only the detailing method changed—not the way data gets transferred to steel fabricators (much of the knowledge in the model is lost). So, while detailers benefited, steel fabricators are still getting the same information in the same format. But now it’s possible for fabricators to extract better information from the Advance Steel software model. American Institute of Steel Construction’s IFC for Steel Fabrication Specification is available directly from Advance Steel software to feed fabricators’ production-management systems and workstations. The new workflow involves sending a single file that a fabricator can use to extract all the information needed for fabrication, including 2D and 3D views, connections, and material information. From there, it’s possible to manage and organize the project ready for fabrication, optimize material, and create the data required to drive and track computer numerical control or manual workstations. This class will work through the process and review the benefits of model-based fabrication. This session features Advance Steel and BIM 360 Glue.
- Understand the benefits of using model-based exchange over file-based exchange
- Understand how fabricators can utilize model-based information to organize and track steel fabrication
- Discover the IFC specification for Steel Fabrication and how and why it was developed
- Understand the importance of having a digital representation of the capabilities of a fabricator workshop
Chris Moor is vice president of Steel Projects Corp: a software division of the FICEP Group. FICEP is the global leader in the design and manufacture of computer numerical control (CNC) machines and integrated systems for steel fabricators. Moor has experience at the top levels of business leadership, including managing director and president, and he has over 20 years of international experience in steel construction and construction software. He spent 8 years at the American Institute of Steel Construction leading industry technology and interoperability initiatives, and his specialty areas include construction (steel) industry, computer software industry, Building Information Modeling (BIM), project management, sales and marketing, and business strategy. He is an effective speaker, coach, motivational trainer, and natural leader, and he is former chair of the U.S. National BIM Standard Project Committee