By Brian Haines, Structural Industry Marketing Manager, Autodesk, with David J. Odeh, Odeh Engineers, Inc.
As part of its continuing development of Autodesk® Revit® Structure software, Autodesk regularly provides product extensions, or additional features. Before exploring two new extensions, Composite Design and Vibrations Analysis, here’s a quick snapshot of Revit Structure for readers unfamiliar with this key component of the Autodesk solution for Building Information Modeling (BIM). Autodesk Revit Structure is software designed to help facilitate a BIM process, and is specifically designed for structural engineering firms, providing tools for structural design and analysis. Today, Revit Structure is used by engineering professionals to help solve complex engineering challenges, enabling them to more accurately predict the performance of their designs while more clearly communicating design intent to project team members and owners.
Value of Extensions
Extensions for Revit Structure now deliver a full range of benefits to enhance and extend the capabilities of Revit Structure 2011. These extensions are easy to use, helping engineers and designers to be more productive as they work on complex projects and respond to customer demands. With a focus on structural analysis, modeling, concrete reinforcement, interoperability, and construction documentation, Revit Structure extensions deliver a broad range of tools to help users enhance the power of Revit Structure. Current extensions range from simple features, such as support for importing and exporting file formats, to more complex capabilities, including composite deck design tools. Note that some Revit Structure extensions have been specifically designed to help designs follow local structural engineering code requirements and that users should select extensions appropriate to the type of structural work they need to accomplish.
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A view of the Composite Design Extension from Autodesk Revit Structure 2011
Extensions for Revit Structure are available exclusively through Autodesk Subscription. Autodesk Subscription enables customers to extend the value of their software investment, with access to the latest releases, powerful web services, and expedited technical support. For more information, visit www.autodesk.com/subscription. Active Revit Structure Subscription customers can also log in to the Subscription Center to download the Revit Structure extensions at no additional cost
New Extensions for U.S. Code-Compliant Steel-Framed Floor Systems
Autodesk Revit Structure 2011 customers on Subscription can now benefit from two new extensions for design and analysis of steel-framed floor systems. Both the Composite Design Extension (figure 1) and the Vibrations Analysis Extension (figure 2) help customers follow U.S. code requirements. In a recent white paper entitled “Using the Revit Extensions for Steel-Framed Floor Design and Analysis,” David J. Odeh – principal at Odeh Engineers, Inc. in North Providence, Rhode Island (see sidebar) – explores how these extensions are used for steel-framed floor system design and analysis. Odeh goes on to demonstrate how the extensions work together, forming a dynamic combination that greatly enhances the steel floor framing capabilities in Revit Structure 2011. These tools help enable engineers to analyze and optimize steel member sizes, evaluate floor vibrations and directly populate the Revit Structure model with calcu¬lated design information. Specific applications include conceptual review of floor framing options, detailed design of new steel-framed floors and analysis of existing floor systems. The extensions also help structural engineers expand BIM to include structural analysis and code checking functions.