AutoCAD Structural Detailing – Steel Fabrication Drawings Tutorial

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Many of you have probably had a dabble with AutoCAD Structural Detailing and placed a few 3D connections on a steel structure using the automated macros and not really taken it any further! The process of creating fabrication drawings is surprisingly fast and efficient providing you have a good set of templates and a basic understanding of the workflow.

In this tutorial I thought I would share the process of going from a 3D ASD model to finished fabrication drawings. We will be looking at the following features:

  • Element Positioning – The process of assigning unique marks to each object.
  • Grouping – Organising objects into assemblies
  • Using Templates
  • Creating Printouts


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AutoCAD Structural Detailing Web Seminar

You may be interested in registering for the following free web seminar which will show some interesting workflows and basics about AutoCAD Structural Detailing.

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Excitech is hosting a free web seminar that will be addressing the topics below and many more.

  • Generate comprehensive concrete reinforcement drawings, together with rebar descriptions and material takeoffs, with AutoCAD Structural Detailing macros.
  • Rebar detailing using Revit Structure.
  • Taking formwork from Revit Structure into AutoCAD Structural Detailing
  • Help speed up preparation of your reinforcement drawings with tools to automate rebar definition.
  • Produce drawings and schedules to BS:8666 standards.
  • Importing 3D Steel frames from Revit Structure and adding connections using automated macros
  • Production of steel fabrication details directly from the 3D model.
  • The production of detailed steel schedules and Parts Lists
  • Excitech Quick start training programmes for AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2012

Revit Structure 2013 – New Analytical tools

The last release of Autodesk Revit Structure saw some major improvements to the way that an analytical model can be displayed and edited. Colour coding was introduced to visually see the start and end of the analytical line and a new tab was added to the Visibility/graphics dialog box to facilitate the display of the analytical model.

Revit Structure 2013 now adds the following improvements to the Analytical model and associated tools:

  • Bar and Node display
  • Load Combinations from analysis software
  • Valid Material Check

You can now display nodes within Revit Structure and there is support to allocate nodes and bars a unique number. I’m assuming that this information will be passed from the analytical software directly to Revit Structure but I haven’t checked the updated API for this functionality. The image above shows the bar numbers tagged in a locked 3D view.

Load combinations can now be passed from third party analysis applications directly into Revit Structure. This could be a very handy feature when using multiple analysis tools as the combinations should be able to support a two-way transfer, again this would need to be tested.

In the above image I have used Filters to show release conditions of the bars in the analytical view. One of the main questions I get from engineers is how to effectively view the release conditions initially set in the model by the structural technicians.

Project Storm is now available for Revit Structure 2013 and can be downloaded from the Autodesk Labs site. The analysis display styles are directly supporting the visual style of the results within Revit Structure 2013.