Bentley Publishes ‘Best Practices for Using Software in Structural Engineering’


Source: Bentley Systems Incorporated

EXTON, Pa. – Bentley Systems, Incorporated today announced the publication of “Best Practices for Using Software in Structural Engineering,” a 61-page collection of articles and case studies on topics ranging from implementation strategies to analysis approaches and integration with Building Information Modeling (BIM).

Commenting on the new collection, Santanu Das, vice president, Bentley Structural Engineering Group, said, “The past 20 years have seen major advances in structural engineering and design. But the door is just opening to integrated engineering analysis and design with CAD- or BIM-based modeling, layout, and documentation systems. These remarkable innovations will take the structural engineering and design professions to an entirely new level of capability. Our best practices collection provides valuable insight into these exciting developments.”

The best practices collection includes how-to and in-depth technical articles that will help structural engineers and designers improve the quality of project deliverables and streamline workflows. Among these are:

  • “Integrated Engineering” – A look at how completely integrated solutions, including structural analysis and design, deliver dramatic productivity increases.
  • “Your Command: Open Architecture Allows for Software Customization” – A discussion of new technology that provides an open architecture environment, allowing structural engineers to customize their graphical environments as well as their analysis and design workflows.
  • “A Three-Dimensional Displacement-Based Co-Rotational Beam-Column Finite Element for Distributed Plasticity Analysis of Frame Structures” – The approach proposed focuses on beam columns with open-walled doubly-symmetric I-shaped cross sections.
  • “Simple-Made-Continuous Bridge Cuts Costs” – Cost-effective detailing was only one of the advantages of a simple-made-continuous weathering steel girder bridge in New Mexico.
  • “Educating Tomorrow’s Structural Engineers” – The author contends that in today’s technology-dependent world, the body of knowledge needed by American engineers extends well beyond what a bare-bones four-year degree program can provide.

The collection also includes a variety of case studies. Each illustrates the use of, and benefits gained from, best practices and advanced software technologies in real-world structural engineering projects. Examples include:

  • 'Where Music and Math Meet” – In this study, BIM helps an innovative school breathe new life into learning and the community.
  • “Structural Surgery” – Maintaining a functional facility during this challenging construction project at the oldest hospital in the United States was a top priority.
  • “BIM With a View” – Marriott International turned to 3D BIM for the design of a waterfront hotel in order to eliminate interference issues during construction.
  • “Courting Public Sentiment” – This U.S. courthouse visually marries design and respect for the justice system.
  • “Weald and Downland Open-Air Museum” –The Open Access Building Conservation Workshop, Demonstration Area, and Museum Store that make up the national center for the conservation and study of traditional timber-frame buildings in England are housed in an innovative greenwood structure.
  • “Pall Mall Residential Development” – Constructed in a U shape around a central courtyard, the Pall Mall residential building is one of the tallest in Liverpool, England.

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