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UNT’s College of Engineering is working to improve communication and information models between architects, contractors and fabricators, thanks to the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Standards Council’s Small Project Fellowship Program.
The fellowship program, which comes with a $6,000 grant, will allow two students in Dr. Cheng Yu’s lab to dive in this summer and begin tackling a real-world engineering issue.
“We are part of a small team who are working to improve the LOD specification for cold-form steel structures,” said Yu, professor in the Department of Engineering Technology.
The Level of Development (LOD) framework provides an industry-developed standard and serves as a reference guide that industry professionals to articulate the content and reliability of building information models. But it’s not perfect.
“We want to move from blueprint papers to building information models and have a more unified standard for the models that connect major parties in a construction project,” said Yu. “By streamlining communications, we can expatiate the building process, reduce potential design and construction errors and cut the overall project cost.”
The project begins June 1. Besides UNT, The Johns Hopkins University, Old Dominion University, and Milwaukee School of Engineering are among the awardee list.