Connecting the dots of the first three segments on this new paradigm reveals a significant change in the role, as well as the liability exposure, of the structural engineer. Although the conference is attended by many groups from the steel industry (fabricators, detailers, equipment suppliers, erectors, engineers, etc), I felt it was important for everyone to understand this change. Part 5 discusses many of the things a structural engineer needs to be thinking about.
But, why is understanding these new responsibilities for the structural engineer important to you? And why should you watch this segment if you're not an engineer?
This new process (which others will eventually adopt) effects everyone on the design and construction team. If you understand the change required of the structural engineer to make this new process a success, you'll be more prepared to gauge if the engineer working on your projects is "qualified" to adopt this process. As I discuss in this segment, an engineer that just decides to tackle this new process because "all the other kids are doing it" can be a formula for disaster, particularly if their underlying thought process about BIM isn't an embedded personality trait for their office. There's a lot more to this process than just picking up a copy of some BIM software. Make sure you know the capabilities of your engineer...
The current process of shop drawing review and AISC initiatives