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Tilt-Up Design and BIM:The Value Proposition

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Tilt-Up Design and BIM: The Value Proposition

Duration:60 minutes


Building Information Modeling (BIM) has certainly been in the recent design and construction news for use in everything from simple interference detection to more elaborate uses like coordination war rooms and 4D and 5D visualization. Most of these case studies involve particularly large scale projects with significant coordination issues and fast schedules. But can that same BIM process be leveraged for tilt-up design and construction to add value to our projects in a meaningful, yet cost efficient way. Fitzpatrick Engineering Group has been using BIM for design of steel buildings since 2006. In 2012, we changed the way steel is delivered to our projects by leveraging our structural design data early in design and shortened delivery of steel to our projects by eight weeks. In 2014, we brought those processes and concepts to our design of tilt-up buildings. In this session, Doug Fitzpatrick, P.E. will share how his firm is merging tilt-up and steel frame design and leveraging BIM to provide better coordination, error checking, 3D visualization, automated panel drawings, and quantity take-offs during design for cost tracking. Lessons learned from a recent project will be shared and discussed.

Learning Objectives

  1. Designing a structure with tilt up precast concrete
  2. Decking design in a tilt up precast structure
  3. Better workflows by utilizing BIM
  4. Time and cost savings in a tilt up precast concrete structure


Doug Fitzpatrick, P.E., LEED AP

Founder and President Fitzpatrick Engineering Group   Doug Fitzpatrick, P.E., LEED AP is the founder, president and a practicing engineer of Fitzpatrick Engineering Group, a ten year old structural engineering firm specializing in commercial and healthcare building design. He has 31 years of commercial structural engineering experience and has been a user and system administrator of MicroStation for more than 25 years. His firm has been actively using Bentley Structural/AECOsim for seven years. Fitzpatrick has a BSCE and MSCE from Virginia Tech and is currently registered in 14 states in the southeast and east region of the country. He has made presentations for the ACEC BIM series, the 2007 ZweigWhite Structural Engineer’s BIM conference in San Francisco, the 2007 European BE conference in London, England, the 2008 AISC NASCC conference in Nashville, TN, the 2008 US BE conference, the 2009 National Institute of Steel Detailers annual conference and 2014 NASCC conference in Toronto as well as more than 30 seminars for local architects and contractors. Firm projects have been selected as BeInspired Finalists in 2012 and 2014.

Allen Adams, P.E., S.E., M.ASCE

Chief Structural Engineer Bentley Systems, Inc. / RAM   Allen Adams P.E., S.E., M.ASCE is Chief Structural Engineer for the RAM group at Bentley Systems, Inc., and the Senior Product Manager of the RAM Structural System software. He has been the lead engineer for the RAM Structural System software development ever since the founding of RAM International in 1988, prior to its acquisition by Bentley Systems in 2005. He was a project engineer for Culp & Tanner Structural Engineers for eleven years, involved in the design of hotels, civic centers, medical and office buildings and parking garages.   He is a member of three AISC committees: AISC Committee on Specifications, AISC Committee on Manuals, and AISC Committee on Specifications Task Committee 3: Loads, Analysis and Stability. He is also a member of ASCE Committee on Design of Steel Building Structures and previously served on the ASCE Technical Council on Forensic Engineering Task Committee on Avoiding Failures Caused by Computer Misuse. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Structural Engineers Association of San Diego, and on the Structural Engineers Association of California Computer Applications Committee.   He holds Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University.

Mark J. Scacco, P.E.

Editor in Residence Informed Infrastructure Mark Scacco, P.E, is the Editor in Residence for Informed Infrastructure magazine, founder and president of Engineered Efficiency Inc., and since 2001 has been an AEC industry consultant working with firms to grow their business through efficient use of technology.
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