Streamlining Seismic Mitigation Work with Ideate BIMLink

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The Challenge: Increased Data Required for Design of More Resilient Structures An increasing number of Aurecon’s clients are following lessons learned from the Canterbury Earthquakes. They are requesting resilient structures in order to facilitate post-earthquake operations of their businesses. In response, Aurecon designs buildings that employ the most effective known seismic mitigation technologies such as sliding hinge joints for low damage connections and Ringfeder friction springs that cushion seismic vibrations. These technologies allow a building to move during a seismic event with a minimum amount of damage to the building’s structural and architectural elements. Data Grows in Volume and Complexity Aurecon Sliding Hinge JointClinton Maulder, Associate – Buildings, Aurecon has needed a way to get data from an engineering spreadsheet into the Revit model without having to transfer it over manually. In one project, just one of many elements, sliding hinge joints – nine or 10 different ones – had to be tabulated. Standard detail tables had to be compiled. Engineering loads needed to be input into piling schedules; plate, bolt, and pre-stressing configurations for Ringfeder connections needed to be tabulated. Conclusion In addition to using Ideate BIMLink for this seismic work, it has also recently been implemented to coordinate sheet and drafting information across (65) emergency response service departments, with the work being done by Aurecon’s engineers at three different New Zealand locations. In the words of Clinton Maulder, “It worked a treat, with 65 emergency response facilities ready for people to populate and we didn’t have to worry about naming consistency, because Ideate BIMLink had taken care of it.” According to Clinton, “Being able to effectively deal with source data and eliminate ‘double handling’ saved time and reduced the chance of errors. Ideate BIMLink is structured to leave a lot to the individual’s imagination. It is hard to come up with a finite list of things it can do.” Read the full case study at:
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