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.