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BIM Technology


Building Information Modeling or BIM is the process of generating and managing building data and its various components during its life cycle. Using three dimensional, real-time, dynamic building modeling software to increase quality in building design and construction, the process produces the Building Information Model. BIM encompasses building geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information, quantities and properties of building components. Unlike past 3D innovations in the building industry, BIM is more than a conceptual modeling tool. When the modeling software is used by manufacturers and principals involved in a building project, the resulting BIM is usable for fabrication. It involves ground-up reality rather than top down theory.


BIM achieves such improvements by modeling the actual parts and pieces used to construct a building. This is a substantial shift from the traditional computer-aided drafting method of drawing with vector file-based lines that combine to represent objects. The objects used in BIM are scaled to represent the actual dimensions of materials used to construct various types of projects.



Vulcraft is pairing their proven track record of quality and service with the future of 3D modeling to give fabricators, erectors, general contractors, engineers and architects an edge over competitors in the market. Providing customers with a detailed model that can display a replica of their building, BIM leads to confidence and peace of mind for the life cycle of the project.

Vulcraft’s distinct advantages include multiple platforms, including Revit®, Tekla, and SDS/2, designed web layouts, bridging, specialty joist profiles and seat profiles with slots.



Design Tools

Vulcraft has created several design tools to aid in the specification and detailing of our products. These tools have been developed and enhanced over time based on input from engineers, architects, structural fabricators and other tool users. We offer tools for both Revit and Tekla, and have assisted in the development of joist components that are packaged with SDS/2. 

NuBIM® for Revit

Our NuBIM for Revit add-in allows users to specify and model all parallel chord joists and joist girders available from Vulcraft as well as a number of common special profile joists, Ecospan and composite joists. Users have the ability to apply a variety of common loading conditions to all joists, as well as create load tables and diagrams. All Vulcraft and Verco deck profiles can be added to standard Revit floor and roof components through the add-in also. When your project is complete, a file can be exported containing all information related to our products, which can be sent to your Vulcraft sales rep to aid in the quoting and detailing process. 

Visit our Revit page here for additional information and to download the NuBIM for Revit Add-In.

NuBIM® for Tekla

With the NuBIM for Tekla Plug-In you can now build and manage projects more effectively within Tekla Structures. Vulcraft’s Joist Plug-In for Tekla Structures enables you to specify Vulcraft joists during the creation of the building model. The joist parameters from the model can then be exported directly into Vulcraft’s Detailing and Design Programs.

Visit our Tekla page here for additional information and to download the NuBIM for Tekla Plugin. 


Designed Joist

When viewing the BIM provided by Vulcraft engineers, replicas of the steel joists are laid into each aspect of the project. Simple lines, and inexplicable renderings have been replaced with steel joists crafted by Vulcraft to represent the “as-built” product that will be delivered to job sites. Joists manufactured by Vulcraft can be supplied in BIM as they are actually built and put into the field. While viewing the joists in BIM, contractors and other parties have the advantage of reviewing the actual size of the member and panel layouts.

Bridging Components

To further aid the design and construction of every aspect, Vulcraft has developed a bridging component for BIM to accurately depict all structural elements. Not only does the duct work, wiring and piping have to weave around the joists, but also the bridging elements. Having these elements in place leads to decreased errors on the job site and saves valuable time and effort by specialty contractors.

Specialty Joist Profiles

Vulcraft engineers and designers have taken joists to another level offering specialty joist profiles such as bowstrings, arches, scissors joists, double pitch, single pitch, and gable joists. Eliminating guesswork around specialty profiles reduces on-site error, saving money and valuable time and effort. Utilizing these specialty joists in BIM also enhances design review with customers.


Linking Components

Vulcraft can provide a number of things in BIM to benefit individual users. However, when used with an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) system, BIM leverages the power of modeling to facilitate collaborative decision-making. IPD brings key construction management, fabricators and product manufacturing expertise together with design professionals and the owner earlier in the process. This produces a design that is optimized for quality, aesthetics, constructability, affordability, timeliness and seamless flow into lifecycle management.

Future Focused

BIM and Integrated Project Delivery systems are causing a revolution within the construction industry. Recent success on large-scale projects proves they’re going to be a permanent fixture in the minds and offices of builders, architects, fabricators, erectors, engineers, designers, manufacturers and owners. Vulcraft is dedicated to being on the fore front of BIM technology and continuing to provide leadership within the construction industry.


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