Watch benefits of extracting BIM data to drive fabrication and field activities for the rebar supply chain, and how the rebar industry connects BIM to fabrication and the field to make the process more efficient.
So you’re a team using the A360 workspace for your BIM projects; sharing files and models, enabling search and viewing, but you’d really like to take collaboration to the next level by working together on shared models. Or you’re a project stakeholder and don’t use Revit software yourself, but do need to have the deeper view into project models that you can only get by opening the software. A360 Collaboration for Revit is for you.
Integrated with A360, Collaboration for Revit is a subscription cloud service that connects building project teams with centralized access to BIM project data in the cloud. This means that project stakeholders from multiple companies or sites can concurrently author a model using the BIM process. Collaboration for Revit helps you overcome the barriers of corporate firewalls and physical location and replaces costly IT setups and inefficient work-arounds for sharing models. FTP sites or email with attached PDFs can become a thing of the past. As a cloud service, Collaboration for Revit does not require complex and costly IT setup and ongoing maintenance.
This year at Autodesk University we had a set of fantastic classes for the Structural Engineering and Fabrication industry. One of them was “Rebar Detailing to Fabrication Workflows Using Building Information Modeling” presented by Jeff Cochrane - Director, Software Design, Applied Systems Associates, Inc.
During this session attendees learnt how to export 3D rebar detailed in Revit Structure Suite software to a leading rebar MIS (management information system) software product: Applied Software Systems (aSa). This process drives fabrication processes in the shop and field. During the class many topics were covered, including effective practices for detailing rebar for fabrication, organization of rebar releases in Revit software, the data exportation to and data checking in aSa, and the distribution the 3D rebar data along the supply chain.
We had an opportunity to see real rebars in action :)... watch the fragment of the class:
Autodesk University is the ideal event to experience inspirational seminars on everything related to design and engineering. This year GRAITEC introduced their new range of powerful Revit extensions, called Advance BIM Designers - this solution focuses on better connecting reinforced concrete design and detailing workflows in Revit.
Industry Challenge: As structural engineers and detailers look to collaborate in new ways, one remaining gap is in the transfer of the structural design intent to the detailer. Despite the integration of structural analysis software with BIM, a large number of code-based design decisions are still communicated through sketches or marked up drawings. This is because many engineers use object-level design tools or even spreadsheets to perform their structural design and these tools are not connected to the BIM workflow. This disconnect takes extra work to coordinate and is not very reliable.
Workflow Solution: However structural analysis and design partners like GRAITEC are changing the story by driving 3D rebar modeling in Revit from the structural design. With the 3D rebar automated from the design, detailers can detail the rebar more quickly and accurately to produce well-coordinated shop drawings, CNC output and 3D models to be used in the field.
GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers combine analysis, intuitive modeling and automatic drawing and report creation directly from within the Revit environment. The power to automate and control complex manual design-based processes, bridges the ‘analytical and detailed model data-sharing’ gap between engineers and designers. GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers represent the core BIM concept of a ‘single-model’ approach and are set to lead the next-generation of BIM software applications for automation, design optimization and complete interoperability. Read more.
Dynamo Plug-in for Robot Structural Analysis is a technology preview that allows designers and engineers to drive Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis Professional software from Dynamo. Dynamo Plug-in for Robot Structural Analysis Professional helps designers to create parametric and complex structural frames models in Dynamo, submit it to Robot for simulation, and review the results returned from the analysis.
Create nodes and bars in Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional
Assign cross section and material to bars
Define nodes as support
Run calculations on the Dynamo model
Get internal forces, displacement, and stress for bars
Get reaction for support nodes
Dynamo is free. The Structural Analysis for Dynamo package is free too. All you need to participate in the technology preview is Robot Structural Analysis Professional 2015. If you don't have this, you can obtain a free trial.
Autodesk’s open source computational design tool Dynamo is now automatically installed with Revit as of Revit 2015 R2. Using visual programming and popular scripting, it is possible to drive Revit geometry by programmatic means, super charging the design process. If you have not tried Dynamo I highly recommend it. Learn more.
For those you attending AU to learn about automating the creation of rebar shop drawings from Revit, how about using the Revit model to drive rebar fabrication machinery directly? Come learn how industry leading rebar MIS software company aSa can use Revit models to streamline the rebar supply chain, from rebar estimating through detailing, fabrication and installation.
I would like to start a series of tutorials to help you get started with reinforced concrete structures in Autodesk Revit. At the very beginning please download a dataset to have a starting point of the series.
Autodesk Revit software provides tools for modeling 3D concrete reinforcement in an advanced Building Information Modeling (BIM) environment. This series provides insight into how to use these tools in the best way for creating complete, detailed, and accurate reinforcement design. You will learn how to use the standard reinforcement modeling, drawing, and scheduling tools.
In the first series of steps, you set up rebar covers.
Reinforcements are added to concrete structural members based on the design reinforcement. In Autodesk Revit, you can add reinforcements to concrete structural members such as floors, beams, columns, and others by using various tools.
In Revit you can model regular reinforcement and wire fabric reinforcement. There are a number of categories assigned for these reinforcement types, and they all behave and interconnect differently.
Before we actually start using the rebar tools we should have a short look at an important setting for all our reinforcement: The Rebar Cover Settings.
The cover settings define the offset distance of the bars from the face of the rebar host.
2. Go to the Structure tab and locate the Reinforcement panel. Expand the drop-down box and click on Rebar Cover Settings.
3. Rebar Cover Settings is a simple dialogue where you can add all the different covers you need in the project. Find the existing XD1\XC3/4 (C32/40,0.55,320) cover and change its value to 30 mm and click OK.
4. On the Structure tab click the Cover button.
The Cover tool is used to edit the cover settings in the entire length of the host of a rebar. The host of a rebar can be a beam, column, slab, floor, or a generic object.
5. On the Options Bar, click Pick Elements to pick an entire element.
6. Select all beam elements which will be modified and change their cover to XD1\XC3/4 (C32/40,0.55,320) then press the Esc key.
7. Select one of the beams and review the cover settings in the Properties dialog.
It’s important to get the cover settings right because all (well, almost all) modeled reinforcements are slaves to the cover. The Cover Settings can of course be changed in your model over time, but experience shows that this can disrupt your model and schedules.
After the Frame 2D, Frame 3D, and Building design tutorials, the Learning Experience team is pleased to announce that the new series of Slab Design tutorials has been added to the Robot Structural Analysis Professional help, along with short videos for all the existing tutorials. Check it out here: http://autode.sk/1v0p3UR. This tutorial, like the rest of the help, is available in English, French, Polish, and Russian.