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Steel Connection Design in the Autodesk App Store

Tomasz Fudala
September 7, 2016

Autodesk partners around the world help customers use 3D design and engineering software to design, visualize, and simulate their ideas, while solving critical business problems. From time to time our solution partners for structural engineering post on BIM and Beam to share what they’re doing to help Autodesk customers increase efficiency, gain a competitive advantage, and drive innovation for their structures.

Structural engineers and fabricators all around the world are taking advantage of BIM-centric workflows for the analysis, design and manufacturing of steel structures. Autodesk’s App Store is one of the places where these “pieces come together” with new applications linked to Autodesk flagship products.
One of them is IDEA StatiCa Connection, published in August. It enables users of Advance Steel and Robot Structural Analysis to design and check any steel joint according to Eurocode or AISC.

After both programs are installed, run file Idea4AS2016.bat or Idea4AS2017.bat (according to installed Advance Steel version) in the folder where IDEA StatiCa was installed. Then run a “Concheck” command in Advance Steel and start the workflow:

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Joint design should be defined by the project requirements, not vice versa. IDEA StatiCa Connection provides all necessary checks of all joint topologies. And it does it in minutes.

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After activating the plugin for Robot Structural Analysis, you can select any joint in the project and get the check you need for your project:

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This app was developed by IDEA RS, AEC Solution Associate of Autodesk. Its integration into the BIM process helps structural engineers better design and optimize their steel connections.

Started in Robot or Advance Steel, checked by IDEA StatiCa Connection:

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Get a 14-day trial and read more about the app in the Autodesk App Store or visit IDEA StatiCa website. Feel free to join our classes at Autodesk University 2016 and the MEP & Structural Fabricators forum in November.

Watch this short video about the workflow with Advance Steel:

Watch this short video about the workflow with Robot Structural Analysis:

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Tomasz Fudala

Tomasz Fudala is the Technical Marketing Manager for Structure. He has over 17 years of experience in the software industry and a comprehensive background and vast knowledge of structural solutions in the Autodesk portfolio. With a Structural Engineering background he is responsible for technical sales readiness. He achieved a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the Cracow University of Technology, Poland. Find him on Twitter @tomekf