Autodesk labs have just released Project Structure Generator which will take a conceptual mass and then apply a structural system based on a divided surface. Only last week was I pondering over the creation of complex geometry from conceptual models created in the massing families of Revit and showed how this can be achieved using AutoCAD NURBS and mesh modelling. I have only had a quick half hour ‘play’ with the Structure generator and already am impressed with the workflow and ease of use.
I started with a simple mass in Revit and then created divided surfaces on each face.
You then load your mass into your active project and then select the mass and on the extensions ribbon under the modelling pull down you will see Structure Generator.
Here you can configure various structural options for the creation of beams and columns as well as floor slabs and outputs to other software tools such as Robot and CBS. Here is the model in Robot.
Not too bad for half an hours work. If nothing else it is certainly an interesting tool for studying early concepts. I urge you to download this and ‘have a play’
Here is the link to Autodesk Labs: