Software Tips

  • Spirally Reinforced Concrete Columns in Revit

    The longitudinal reinforcement bars in columns can be tied together with separate smaller diameter transverse bars along the column height or they can be spirally-reinforced. Spirally-reinforced columns they are ones in which the longitudinal bars are arranged in a circle surrounded by a closely spaced continuous spiral. Advantages to using spirally reinforced columns There are […]

  • Learn What’s New in Revit 2018 for Steel Design

    Revit 2018 includes a several major updates for steel design and detailing including over 130 new parametric steel connections. The Steel Connections for Revit 2018 add-in has heavily extended its connections categories and now has 24 tube connections, 23 bracing connections, 12 column-beam connections, and two new categories– Miscellaneous, Purlins & Cold rolled.  With these […]

  • Learn What’s New in Revit 2018 for Concrete Detailing

    Building on Autodesk’s strategy to make Revit a robust model authoring tool for designing and concrete detailing, the Revit 2018 release includes a number of new features that increase modeling versatility, accuracy, and productivity for engineers and detailers. We’re excited to share these feature with you—take a look! In Revit 2018 you can place rebar […]

  • Dynamo to Generate Wind Loads in Revit

    High winds can be very destructive because they generate pressure against the surface of a structure. In structural engineering we call the intensity of this pressure the wind load. The effect of the wind is dependent upon the size and shape of the structure. Calculating wind load is necessary for the design and construction of […]

  • Precast Column with Corbels in Revit

    The use of linear precast elements generally means placing the connecting faces at the beam-column junctions. The beams can be seated on corbels at the columns, for ease of construction and to aid the shear transfer from the beam to the column. The beam-column joints accomplished in this way are hinged. Compared with a beam […]

  • Tips and Tricks for using Autodesk Advance Steel from AU2016 (Part II)

    In my last post I summarized some of the Advance Steel tips for modeling that I covered during my class at Autodesk University last fall. This post picks up where that one left off and describes the software features Advance Steel has for helping you create and manage documentation more effectively. Here we go! 1. […]

  • Stepped Reinforced Concrete Foundations in Revit

    In the Revit content you can find a reach pallet of Structural Families preinstalled. In the Metric UK Library you can find the Structural Foundations folder which contains the number of different foundation types: a pad footing, a strip footing, a pile cap etc. Recently my colleague asked me: “OK Tomek, I have all these […]

  • Rebar Shape Images in Revit

    Scheduling is the operation of listing the location, mark, type and size, number off, length and bending details of each bar or sheet of fabric. When dealing with bars the completed lists are called “bar schedules”. The bars should be grouped together for each structural unit, e.g. beam, column, etc. In a building, the bars […]

  • 5 great features in Structural Analysis for Revit

    Structural Analysis for Revit provides cloud-based structural analysis to structural engineers as a part of the BIM process. With Structural Analysis for Revit, engineers and designers can extend design models from Revit to the cloud for structural analysis. Results can then be visualized and explored within Revit and disruptions to a designer or engineer’s workflow […]

  • How to Deal with Rebar Detailing Visibility in Revit

    In order to better present, review and document all our rebar detail designs in Revit we want to have them displayed as solid objects and visible in concrete formwork in shaded views. This requires that the rebars are visible in view as solid and unobscured by the concrete form. But this takes a lot of […]