May 17, 2016

Bentley Institute Press’ New E-book Practical Structural Modelling With AECOsim Building Designer Now Available

Publication Provides Students and Professionals with
Step-by-Step Guide to BIM Advancements and Best Practices

EXTON, Pa. – Bentley Institute Press, publisher of university textbooks and professional reference works for the BIM advancement of the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC), operations, geospatial, and educational communities, today announced that Practical Structural Modelling With AECOsim Building Designer is now available as an e-book for Kindle devices. The publication provides step-by-step tutorials and interactive exercises to help engineers and designers quickly become productive with BIM workflows and BIM advancement enabled by AECOsim Building Designer, Bentley Systems’ software for the architectural design and multi-discipline engineering of facilities. The book is co-authored by Evolve Consultancy Directors Nigel Davies and Daniel Heselwood, highly qualified AEC professionals who together have more than 40 years of experience developing and delivering BIM courses and training workshops.

Practical Structural Modelling With AECOsim Building Designer is written for all experience levels, from beginners seeking clear explanations of AECOsim Building Designer’s functionality to experts requiring insight into the best methods of managing digital production and BIM advancement on a project. The detailed exercises in the book follow a typical project workflow, approaching each task as it would be handled in a real-world project, with associated exercises based on an actual building. Each chapter is also designed to serve as a stand-alone reference guide for more experienced users.

Said Heselwood, “Our goal with the book is to help engineers become productive with the principles of BIM workflows in a short period of time. The methods, tools, and best practices we discuss are all based on a real-world building project that was designed and built using these same techniques.”

Davies added, “The book reflects our unique approach to teaching, which we call ‘reinforced contextual learning.’ We present the information in context of the real-world challenges that engineers are likely to encounter in their work. We believe this real-world context is critical and better enables the reader to incorporate the information into their personal frame of reference and typical project scenarios.”

Like all of the titles in the Bentley Institute Press portfolio, Practical Structural Modelling With AECOsim Building Designer aims to deliver continuous learning to help both students and practitioners in infrastructure professions increase their technical know-how and improve their workflow efficiencies.

Additional information about the e-book:

  • To order the Kindle edition of Practical Structural Modelling With AECOsim Building Designer, click here
  • To read an excerpt of the book, click here.
  • To order a print copy of the book, click here.

About the Authors

Daniel Heselwood has extensive experience managing and developing CAD/BIM systems for a wide range of infrastructure organizations — from large international firms with multiple sites across a number of different regions to single-person practices. He is an experienced trainer who has worked closely with the many disciplines and stakeholders involved in construction projects including contractors, architects, structural engineers, service professionals, and civil engineers. Heselwood also writes a regular technology column for the RIBA Journal.

Nigel Davies, a founding director of Evolve Consultancy, has 20 years of experience within the AEC industry. Trained originally in structural and civil engineering, Davies appreciates the need for reality-based solutions to aid the project design process. He has accrued invaluable experience in engineering and architecture through his work as a BIM consultant for many high-profile companies and projects and has first-hand understanding of cutting-edge design and construction data production and exchange practices. He currently serves as chair of the AEC (UK) BIM Protocols Initiative.

About Bentley Institute Press

Bentley Institute Press is a knowledge leader in the publication of university textbooks and professional reference works for the BIM advancement of the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC), operations, geospatial, and educational communities. A sampling of its growing list of titles includes books covering MicroStation, building analysis and design, construction, road and site, plant design, structural analysis and design, and water and wastewater analysis – all written by experts in their respective disciplines. For more information about Bentley Institute Press, visit

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by worldwide professional services and comprehensive managed services.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2008 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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