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Model-Based Steel Fabrication: Connecting the Model to Fabrication (and Back)

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    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.

    Key Learnings

    • 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