Integration of a Well-defined BIM Manufacturing External Module with CAD via Associative Features

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  • Currently, the building information modeling (BIM) has been widely applied as a powerful tool to model and manage buildings and infrastructure. However, the BIM system only provides engineers with an overall architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) view of the building and the information generated cannot be consistently transferred to modular manufacturers who use computer-aided design (CAD) systems as their major design tool. As a result, redundant communication is needed to carefully align customer requirement and order details. Human errors pose further barriers for information interoperability. In order to conquer this deficiency, a feature-based approach is applied to integrate BIM with CAD via an externally developed module. Based on the proposed approach, a case study of slider windows and casement windows are conducted, which proves the effectiveness of the proposed method and its potential impact on the industrial practice. An ellipse assembly line with modular tooling carts was designed to replace the existing assembly line in order to save space and increase manufacturing capacity. A fixture platform was designed to demonstrate the concept of design for manufacturing. Aided by an ERP system, the implementation of the proposed BIM/CAD associative feature also supports design for manufacturing which enhances the efficiency of part handling and assembling in manufacturing processes.

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    Fall 2018
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    Master of Science
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