The power of BIM
for structural engineering.
Improve Efficiency, Accuracy, and Coordination
Concurrent modeling for structural design, analysis, and
coordinated documentation
Building information
modeling significantly
improves the quality
and accuracy of the
information that we
push downstream. Our
construction documents
are created directly
from the Autodesk
Revit Structure model.
If the model is correct,
then the drawings are
automatically correct.
As a result, we are able
to spend a lot less time
producing documentation
and more time up front
modeling the structure.
—Jim Jacobi
Walter P. Moore
Autodesk® Revit® Structure software improves
the way structural engineers and drafters work.
Revit Structure helps minimize repetitive modeling
and drawing tasks as well as errors due to manual
coordination between structural engineers,
architects, and drafters. The software helps reduce
time spent producing final construction drawings
and helps increase the accuracy of documentation,
improving overall project deliverables for clients.
Smoother Coordination
Because Autodesk Revit Structure uses building
information modeling (BIM), every view, drawing
sheet, and schedule represents the same underlying
database. As project team members work on the
same project, making inevitable and necessary
changes to the building structure, parametric change
technology in Autodesk Revit Structure automatically
coordinates changes across all other representations
of the project—model views, drawing sheets,
schedules, sections, plans, and details. The design
and documentation stay coordinated, consistent,
and complete.
Bidirectional Associativity
The building model and all of its views are part of
the same information system. This means changes
to any part of the structure need to be made
only once, maintaining consistency throughout
the documentation set. For example, if the sheet
scale changes, the software automatically resizes
annotations and graphics. If a structural member
changes, any views that include the element are
coordinated and updated automatically, including
name tags and other labels referring to the
element properties.
Collaboration with Architects
Engineers working with architects using Autodesk®
Revit® Architecture software can experience the
advantages of BIM and share the same underlying
building database. Creation of the structural
model is faster with integrated Autodesk Revit
platform tools. With interference checking between
structural and architectural objects, engineers can
more quickly detect coordination problems before
sending drawings to the construction site.
Collaboration with Mechanical, Electrical, and
Plumbing Engineers
Structural engineers working with mechanical,
electrical, or plumbing engineers using AutoCAD®
MEP software can improve design coordination.
Autodesk Revit Structure users can export their
structural model into AutoCAD MEP, where the
MEP engineer can perform clash detection between
pipes and structural elements. Autodesk Revit
Structure can also import 3D duct and pipe objects
from AutoCAD MEP into the structural model via
ACIS® solids to help detect interferences visually.
In addition, structural engineers who are working
with MEP engineers using Autodesk® Revit® MEP
software can take better advantage of building
information modeling.
Enhance Structural Modeling and Analysis Capabilities
Help save time by creating physical and analytical
structural models in a single application.
Whether engineers are designing steel, cast-inplace concrete, precast concrete, masonry, or
wood structures, standard modeling objects in
Autodesk Revit Structure software include walls,
beam systems, columns, slabs, and foundations.
Additional structural objects can be created as
parametric components.
Parametric Components
Using Autodesk Revit Structure, engineers can
create many types of structural components, such
as joist systems, beams, open web joists, trusses,
and intelligent wall families. No programming
language is required to use parametric components,
also known as families. The family editor contains all
the data to graphically represent an element in 2D
and 3D at various levels of detail.
Multiuser Collaboration
Autodesk Revit Structure enables multiple team
members on the same network to work together on
a model, while their work stays fully coordinated.
A wide range of collaboration modes provides
more flexibility to better meet the project team’s
workflow—from on-the-fly, simultaneous access to
the shared model to formal division of the project
into discrete shared units or individually managed
linked models.
Design Options
With Autodesk Revit Structure, engineers can stay
focused on structural engineering. The software
enables users to explore design changes, develop
and study several design alternatives to make key
design decisions, and more easily present multiple
schematic designs to clients. Each option can be
substituted into the model for visualization and
quantity takeoff to help team members and clients
make more informed decisions.
Autodesk Revit Structure can inspire structural
engineers to greater engineering insight: userdefined rules help the analytical models adjust
their location to the analytical projection planes of
attached or adjacent structural elements. Engineers
can automatically check analytical inconsistencies
such as missing supports, global instabilities, or
framing anomalies before sending the model to
structural analysis.
The analysis programs then return the design
information and dynamically update the physical
model and documentation, minimizing many
redundant, repetitive tasks such as modeling frames
and shells in a variety of different applications.
Autodesk Revit Structure integrates with Autodesk®
Robot™ Structural Analysis Professional software
as well as other widely used analysis and design
applications. To find out which software partners
have linked their applications to Autodesk Revit
Structure through the Autodesk® Revit® platform
API (application programming interface), visit
Leading Analysis and Design Integration
Analytical models created with Autodesk Revit
Structure contain information such as loads,
load combinations, member sizes, and release
conditions. The analytical model can be the entire
building model, one wing of the building, or even
a single structural frame. Engineers use selection
filters with structural boundary conditions to send
substructures (such as a frame, floor, or wing of
the building) to their analysis software without
the need to send the entire model.
The creation of the analytical model uses
engineering rules to produce a consistent analytical
representation of the physical structure. Engineers
can override initial analytical settings and edit the
analytical model before linking to structural
analysis packages.
Deliver Comprehensive Construction Documents
Use a comprehensive set of dedicated tools to deliver
structural drawings and help reduce errors due to manual
coordination of design changes.
Material-specific tools help construction documents
conform to industry and office standards.
For steel, features such as beam coping and automatic
symbolic cutbacks as well as an extensive library of
detail components, are available.
Automatic Drawing Sheet References
This functionality helps safeguard that no section,
elevation, or callout references the wrong drawing
or sheet and that all data and graphics, details,
schedules, drawings, and sheets in the drawing set
are current and coordinated.
Help save time by creating schedules on demand,
and update the model and views automatically
simply by making a change in a schedule. Schedule
features include sorting, filtering, grouping, and
counting as well as user-defined formulas.
Autodesk Revit Structure allows callouts for
typical details and for specific ones. Entire sheets
of typical details can be created from scratch in
Autodesk Revit Structure using its traditional 2D
drafting tools.
For concrete structures, display options provide
control over the visibility of the concrete elements.
Reinforcement bars are also available for concrete
elements, including columns, beams, walls,
and foundations.
Designers can also import DWG details from
AutoCAD® software and link them into Autodesk
Revit Structure, using the project browser to
manage them.
Specific details come directly from the views of the
model. These model-based details are completed
with 2D parametric components (metal deck,
concrete masonry unit, anchor bolts in footings,
fasteners, welded symbols, steel connection plates,
concrete rebar, and more) and annotations such as
text and dimensions.
Automatic Sections and Elevations
Creating sections and elevations in Autodesk Revit
Structure is more simple compared to traditional
methods. Because views are just a different
representation of the entire building model, users
get cuts faster throughout a structure. Use them
at any time to work in the most appropriate view.
When the construction documents are ready to
print, section tags and elevation symbols of the
views that are not placed onto any drawing sheet
are automatically hidden.
When the geometry gets complicated, Autodesk
Revit Structure offers 3D model-based details such
as 3D representation of building expansion joints,
steel connections, rebar in concrete elements, and more.
Engineers and project managers can use customized
schedules to check the overall structural design. For
example, they can schedule and review structural
loads before integrating the model with analysis
software. If the load value needs to be changed, it
can be modified in the schedule and automatically
coordinated throughout the model.
Building Information Modeling for Structural Engineering
Make better decisions, earlier in the design process by
more accurately visualizing and analyzing structures, before
they are built.
Building information modeling (BIM) is an
integrated process built on coordinated, reliable
information about a project from design through
construction and into operations. By adopting
BIM, architects, engineers, contractors, and
owners can more easily create coordinated, digital
design information and documentation; use that
information to visualize, simulate, and analyze
performance, appearance, and cost; and reliably
deliver the project faster, more economically, and
with reduced environmental impact.
BIM for structural engineers follows this same
methodology for the entire structural engineering
process, focusing on a digital model that can be
used for coordination with architects; mechanical,
electrical, and plumbing engineers; and civil
engineers that is integrated with analysis, design,
and construction documentation, and extending
that digital model from design through fabrication
and construction.
Autodesk Revit Structure
Autodesk® Revit® Structure software is the
building information modeling (BIM) solution for
structural engineers, providing purpose-built tools
for structural design, analysis and documentation.
Make better decisions, earlier in the design process
by more accurately visualizing and analyzing
structures, before they are built.
We had been watching building information
modeling for several years but were unable to find a
structural design product that did what we needed.
When we saw the demo of Autodesk Revit Structure,
we knew that there was finally a solution.
—David Pluke
Principal and VP of Technology
Ericksen Roed & Associates, Inc.
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