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.




Autodesk Project Storm

Project Storm for Autodesk Revit Structure is a technology preview that provides cloud-based structural analysis to structural engineers as a part of the BIM process. Project Storm enables structural engineers and designers to:

  • Perform static analysis from the cloud so as not to disrupt their workflow or hinder performance.
  • Simultaneously perform static analysis for various buildings models or parts of a project.
  • Calculate different variants of the same model for example using differing materials, at the same time.

Structural engineers and designers must perform calculations as a necessary part of the design process for any building structures project. Project Storm makes structural analysis more accessible allowing analysis to be performed from anywhere at any time by accessing computers in the cloud. Being able to perform analysis during the design process helps to streamline the Structural Engineers workflow.

Please note that you will need to install the latest service pack UR1 from Autodesk prior to installing Project Storm. See Link Below.

Once Project Storm is installed you will see the following additions to the Analysis ribbon within Revit Structure.

Simply submit your analysis and you will then be notified of results via a notification bubble. Click the Results button to show other results as desired.

Autodesk Project Storm can be downloaded from the following location.