As promised I am going to take you through the process of connecting a steel model created within Revit Structure 2012 to AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2012 (ASD) and generate some fabrication details that we can link back into Revit Structure utilising a drafting view.
ASD is a very comprehensive application that can generate fabrication drawings for steel detailers and also generate drawings and schedules for reinforced concrete. In this tutorial we will focus in on the steel fabrication. This can be really useful for providing typical connection details within your Revit Structure projects and is certainly quicker than creating the various 2D details within Revit, especially when more than one view is required.
I wanted to keep the tutorial fairly ‘snappy’ ,being restricted to just 15 minutes in YouTube, so have limited this to the basics but as with any complex design tool, templates rule! You will need to invest some time to get a good set of templates together for ASD and get the various dimension and annotation settings configured. This can be a very daunting task, see a typical dialog box below! mmm
However, once this is done, the production of fabrication drawings and CNC code becomes very quick and easy. Also it is worth noting that ASD contains quite a few links to ROBOT Structural analysis. Note that this will also import an engineer’s model from ROBOT which can be quite handy.
I hope that this has given you a basic introduction to the features and techniques needed to transfer models from Revit Structure to ASD.