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For as long as structural design and drafting software has existed, there has been a need to transfer information between various systems. More recently, the need for collaboration and information sharing amongst design professionals has advanced to a higher level — Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Prokon's Prodesk package makes BIM possible — it seamlessly transfers information between Autodesk® Revit® Structure (world-leading modelling software) and PROKON® Structural Analysis and Design. Similar integration, but less feature-rich, is also possible when using Prodesk with Autodesk® Revit® Architecture or AutoCAD®.

AutoCAD Revit Structure ModelStructural modelling in Revit®

The power of BIM lies in the fact that one is no longer drawing lines in CAD, but rather modelling objects like beams, slabs and columns. Detailed information about these objects is stored in a model database. In the Revit® context, any change made to an object, automatically reflects in all plans, sections, elevations and schedules. In a broader context, BIM-enabled structural design and fabrication software can use the same information and respond to changes made to the model. The benefits of using BIM soon become obvious: early error detection in the preliminary design phase, fewer errors during detail design, and increased all round productivity.