Revit Structure 2013 – New Rebar Functionality

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As many of you may already have seen, Revit Structure 2013 is now shipping and has a host of new platform features as well as some specific new features to Revit Structure 2013. Rather than create a huge post showcasing all the new features I thought I would break this down into separate sections.

The rebar has been a constant feature that has been updating for the last few years and each step Autodesk get nearer to a full solution for detailing. This release brings new functionality to the following areas:

  • Improved snapping and alignment
  • Rebar Units
  • Area and Path reinforcement (Hosting of Rebar)
  • Fabric Reinforcement

Standard mesh reinforcement can now be added to slabs, walls and foundation slabs using a boundary. Revit Structure 2013 will automatically trim the sheets and can give cut lengths and widths for each sheet if required. The bars are modelled in 3D and also are represented in plan with tagging and sectional views. The full UK standards for wire mesh are included within the standard Structure template as well as tags and labels to detail the sheets in plan. Lap lengths can also be set as well as the ability to stagger the sheets or set half way passing.

The path and area reinforcement tools have also had a bit of an overhaul and can now generate 3D rebar. The path option will create bar perpendicular to the path and can use a range tag to detail the bar in a plan view.

Autodesk have also added some improvements to the creation of bar within bends and hooks allowing the snapping to quadrants and 45deg positions.

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3 thoughts on “Revit Structure 2013 – New Rebar Functionality

  1. Dear lawrenceh,

    I dont really understand what you can do with revit structure, what is the difference with ASD? Which program can you use for steel and concrete detailing. Hope you can explain me that..

    Best Regards

    1. Hi Daniel,

      This is a rather large topic and probably more than I can write in this reply. Bascially ASD provides the ability to model steelwork and produce drawings to fabrication level. Revit Structure can also create steelwork but in aimed more consultants and would not be able to create fabrication drawings with ease. Have a look at the youtube videos and you will see the differences in the software.

      Hope this Helps,


    2. In Revit you can create a very good model that you can transfer to ASD Steel for steel detailing and to ASD Reinforcement for (obviously) reinforcement drawings.
      This is how I do it:
      Steel -> Create the model in Revit (no connections), send it to Robot for analysis and dimensioning. Modify the Revit model, send it to ASD for detailing and fabrication sheets.
      Concrete-> Create the model in Revit (no reinf), send it to Robot for analysis and dimensioning. Modify the Revit model, create sections, send it to ASD Reinf, create the reinf, create the drawings.
      In an old post on this blog, Lawrence made some nice charts to show how Revit links with ASD and structural calculation programs (e.g Robot).

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