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Does any single piece of software you currently use meet every need of yours for modeling, analysis, design, drawing, detailing and BIM interoperation? The answer is likely a resounding no, and frankly any software that could claim to do all that would be incredibly complicated to use. If your company is anything like the average structural organization, you will use three or more different structural software packages, along with spreadsheets and other in-house solutions to get your job done efficiently. Each product you use being specialized for specific tasks in your workflow.
The challenge then is getting all these specialized products to interoperate so that the inefficiencies in your process such as: data reentry, manually adapting to changes, tracking files, engineer-drafter redline loops, BIM integration, addressing changes, etc. can be avoided. To meet this challenge Bentley has produced, for the first time in the structural engineering domain, an open platform technology to facilitate and address the major challenges of structural interoperability…The process of which we call Integrated Structural Modeling (ISM).
The process of Integrated Structural Modeling is facilitated through a few important technology pieces. At the core is a component called the Structural Synchronizer. The Synchronizer resides on each user’s desktop and provides the following key capabilities in one application:
· API for applications to access
· Change Management
· Data interrogation
· Store and retrieve consensus data in/from a file.
Each Application that links to ISM Synchronizer must develop and deploy a Product-ISM Synchronizer Link. This key component may be embedded in the application executable or provided as an independent component. Typically these links will be delivered along with the specific product.
Each link will enable four workflows from each application:
There are several product-ISM links already available on the market and NOT just for Bentley products. Links to Revit Architecture and Revit Structure are currently available and more Non-Bentley products will be available in near future. From Bentley RAM Elements, RAM Concept, STAAD(X), ProStructures, Structural Modeler and RAM Structural System are all ISM enabled.