tips and tricks

  • Dynamo Extension for Advance Steel 2019
    Steel Detailing
    Autodesk recently released the Dynamo Extension for Advance Steel 2019, which helps structural engineers drive the geometry and behavior of Advance Steel elements from Dynamo. The Dynamo Extension for Advance Steel adds the functionalities of Dynamo to Advance Steel, to help you quickly generate complex structures using Advance Steel beams and plates. You can assign […]

  • Autodesk University 2017
    Software Tips
    When you think Autodesk University, you probably think about learning the latest trends and technologies but also tips & tricks on your favorite products. And that’s just what you’ll find! For this post, I’m going to summarize some of the Advance Steel tips and tricks that I described in my class “Advance Steel Tips, Tricks, […]

  • Concrete Detailing
    In this post of the Structural Precast series I would like to touch upon the topic of segmentation of precast walls. Segmentation of precast walls can be done automatically or manually. Before we run the automatic segmentation we should check and adjust the Configuration Settings. The Configuration settings can be imported or exported via XML […]

  • MEP fabrication in Revit
    Tips, tricks & tutorials
    The Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection now includes Revit and Fabrication CADmep, enabling mechanical and plumbing contractors to connect detailing and fabrication to BIM. Use a single fabrication database and a variety of tools to detail, coordinate, and prepare BIM detail models for pricing, MEP fabrication and installation. Working in Revit for MEP, you can […]

  • Concrete Detailing
    A few weeks ago I published an overview video for Autodesk Structural Precast Extension for Revit and now I think it is the right time to get up to speed on the latest Precast tools in Revit. With this post I would like to start a dedicated series on this new app to help you […]

  • Computational Design
    Before we move into the Dynamo part let me quickly highlight rebar numbering and partitioning in Revit. In Revit, numbering allows identical reinforcement elements to be matched for schedules and tags. Partitioning in Revit gives you the ability to define a common parameter for reinforcing elements within a certain construction sequence. Rebar elements are automatically […]

  • Concrete Detailing
    A new type of Rebar can be modeled in Revit 2018.1, by working in 3D views and selecting the structural element faces to which the rebars are aligned. Free Form Rebars can have any geometry, either planar or 3D, and can be used for modelling and detailing of reinforcement in complex 3D structural elements. Rebars […]

  • Concrete Detailing
    A reinforcement drawing shows the positions of all reinforcing elements in a particular structure or a structural element. There are numerous ways of drafting concrete shop drawings, and drafting styles vary between countries or even between design companies. Rebar in Revit comes with properties that can be read by predefined tags (families) created specifically to […]

  • Concrete Detailing
    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 […]

  • Product news
    Revit 2018 software has several new Revit MEP features related to detailing LOD 400 elements to help you extend design to fabrication. Improve modeling productivity with greater accuracy and achieve the detail needed for fabrication, estimation, and installation of building services. For mechanical contractors using Revit MEP, here are two exciting areas of development: Sloped […]

  • Engineering and 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Detailing
    This is my last post summarizing some of the Advance Steel tips & tricks that I described in my class during the Autodesk University MEP & Structural Fabricators Forum 2016. I hope these posts have helped you better understand the efficient practices for workflows between Advance Steel and other Autodesk software. If you’re just stumbling […]

  • Computational Design
    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 […]

  • Concrete Detailing
    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 […]