BIM (Building Information Modeling) is a design methodology that includes and manages all the information of the building in its life cycle. S-BIM (Structural BIM) collects information about the structure in the same exchange model. This new concept of collaborative work in engineering, construction and architectural design creates a digital representation beyond the planning and design phase of the project, extending throughout the building life cycle, supporting processes including cost management, construction management, project management and facility operation. S-BIM improves performance and the overall quality of the building, and needs specific software to collect all the information. This information includes all the components of the building structure, from the elements design, analysis, detailing, installation, facility, sustainability, codes, and this must be compatible in real time with other building disciplines.

S-BIM teaching in Architecture and Building Engineering degree permits the inclusion of building structure without losing the interferences with architecture and MEP. It is possible to use a single 3D model valid in other workshops with analysis and parallel developments. Furthermore, the throughput improvement allows the control of subjects until now managed by other specialties such as descriptions, time schedules, budgets or sustainability.


BIM has a great facility for incorporating currents methods of representation like parametric design, global project management systems, or the inclusion of international standards. The overall building management system will have a BIM methodology in the medium term. At workshops, students understand structural BIM as part of the design in the creation of the building and not as an auxiliary discipline for the construction project.

Now, we are creating BIMLab_uem (@bimlabuem)