OASYS GSA 8.6 link to Revit Structure 2012

GSA Analysis is a highly intuitive tool from ARUP, enabling users to carry out 3-D linear, P-delta, non-linear static analysis, dynamic analysis and more. GSA 8.6 now links with Revit Structure 2012 enabling engineers to import models from Revit Structure 2012 to GSA 8.6. You can also import a GSA 8.6 model directly into Revit Structure; however, this will have some limitations.

I have set up a simple test which is shown below. GSA took through the Grids, Levels and all structural objects. Below you can see the model in Revit Structue 2012.

Here is the same model transferred to GSA 8.6. Note that the transfer should be made from the Add ins tab in Revit Structure.

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Understanding Concrete Beam Joins

A few weeks back I was asked how Revit Structure handles concrete beam joins and how to control and manage how beams are connected and processed at the junctions. In older releases of Revit the beams would always mitre which was good in some cases but in other situations really didn’t give the correct solution. I have now modelled the various configurations and created some images so you can see how the beams will join. If you do want a mitred junction which is not 90 degrees then you will need to use a precast material.

Revit Structure 2012 Command and Shortcut List

During training sessions I am often asked by delegates if there is a list of shortcuts available for Revit Structure. I have now put together a list of commands, Icons and shortcuts that I am making available to you as a PDF download, click the blue link to download (you lucky lot!!). It is a really useful document to assist you when working with Revit Structure or simply as a learning aid. I have included 394 commands from Revit Structure but not included the Ribbon mode commands.

Revit Structure 2012 Commands and Shortcuts (777Kb)

Creating Structural Opening families for Walls

After a number of requests I have put together a quick tutorial on creating structural openings in walls using  customised door and window families. YouTube link below:


 In many of the Revit Structure training manuals, a structural opening is often placed using the Wall Opening tool on the Home-Opening Panel as shown below.

This will produce an opening but will not automatically detail this in an elevation and section view with a symbolic opening symbol. I also find this type of opening a little difficult to control within the model once it is placed. An alternative to this method is to create wall openings using Doors and Windows. These tools are found on the Architect and Site Ribbon as shown below.

The door and window tools will create a basic structural openings through a wall and create the symbolic details required. Doors and Windows can be placed in plan views or sections and elevations if required. I often find a window opening very useful for creating high level openings for services by using the sill height tool in the properties window.

The main disadvantage with Door and Window openings is that the Width and Height parameters are Type driven which means that you will need to create a duplicate type for each new size which can get rather time consuming.

An alternative to this is to convert the type parameters to instance parameters within the family file. This will then create a nice and easy tool for structural Wall openings. See the youTube tutorial.


Hope this helps,