As a step towards better serving the demand for BIM-based workflows in the structural steel industry.Autodesk has become an Associate Member of the American Institute of Steel Construction. "AISC is happy Autodesk has joined the Institute as an associate member,” said Scott Melnick, Vice President of AISC and Editor and Publisher of Modern Steel Construction, AISC. “Autodesk has a long history of developing design software that drives BIM workflows, and we're excited that they will be supporting AISC's efforts to advance and support the structural steel industry."
This new relationship aligns with Autodesk’s commitment to structural detailing and fabrication. In October 2013, Autodesk announced the acquisition of key technologies from Graitec, including Advance Steel. In April 2014, Autodesk released Autodesk Advance Steel 2015 software, a product specifically built for the intelligent detailing and fabrication of structural steel building elements.
Autodesk Advance Steel 2015 connects detailers and fabricators to a BIM workflow through intelligent modeling. Autodesk’s Through its relationship with the AISC, Autodesk intends to build on BIM processes within the structural steel industry and promote improved project delivery.
“Autodesk’s new relationship with AISC heightens our commitment to connecting BIM workflows from design to fabrication and into construction to better optimize the project cycle,” said Gary Wyatt, industry strategy manager at Autodesk.
Autodesk is already deeply involved with AISC’s Technology Initiatives such as the new “BIMsteel: Automating Steel Fabrication” initiative and “steelXML: A Better Way to Buy Steel” initiative. Autodesk hopes that by streamlining BIM workflows through improved connections between the designers, engineers, detailers, and fabricators of structural steel they can help develop overall industry productivity and efficiency.
Autodesk® RobotTM Structural Analysis Professional 2015 software incorporates a new wind simulation tool that enables users to test their designs in a virtual wind tunnel. Utilizing an intuitive user interface, designers can quickly and easily apply wind flows to a structure and get nearly instant results to either visualize surface pressures or generate wind loads to be used in further design and analysis. To accomplish this, the tool incorporates computational fluid dynamics (CFD) into a streamlined workflow practical for design-phase analysis.
The following document includes details and results of a validation study comparing results from the software’s wind simulation to physical results obtained from wind tunnel testing.
SOFiSTiK Reinforcement Detailing 2015 significantly accelerates the creation of 2D reinforcement sheets out of 3D models in Autodesk® Revit®. The product consists of software and a set of families, which can easily be modified to meet local or company standards. Creation of bar lists, bending schedules and cut lists for wire meshes is included as well.