Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Learn What’s New in Revit 2019 for Structural Engineers and Detailers

Building on Autodesk’s strategy to make Revit a robust model authoring tool for designing and detailing, the Revit 2019 release includes a number of new features that increase modeling versatility, accuracy, and productivity for engineers and detailers. We’re excited to share these features with you—take a look!

Detailed Steel Design

Revit users can easily modify structural framing and column elements using new edit tools and apply custom parametric cuts to better accommodate the geometry of elements for a steel connection. Steel components like plates, bolts, anchors, shear studs, and welds can now be placed in the 3D model to connect structural members together.

Having a more accurately defined design model in Revit also enables a better interoperability with Advance steel for steel detailing and fabrication.

Benefit: This new functionality gives you greater flexibility in modelling simple and complex steel connections in your structural steel design.


Standard and Custom Connections

With Autodesk® Revit® 2019 users can perform detailed steel design with out-of-the-box access to a comprehensive library of 125+ parametric connections including the creation of custom connections. There is no more need to install the separate Steel Connections for Revit® add-in as with previous releases.

Benefit: This allows structural engineers and designers to design steel connections with a higher level of detail within the Revit environment. Also it allows you to create your own steel connections and store them for later reuse to improve your productivity.


Documentation with steel details

You can use a set of dedicated tools to create precise and detailed engineering drawings where steel connections are represented accurately.

These structural drawings are easily created complete with dimensions, tags & schedules.

You can get a better understanding & evaluation of steel components with accurate schedules automatically generated out of the 3D model. These schedules can include information for steel elements such as beams, columns and also bolts and plates.

Benefit: This feature allows you to deliver documentation which includes details and schedules for components of structural steel connections.


With detailed steel design capabilities in Revit, structural engineers can create new types of engineering documentation, perform BIM-based connection design, and produce more accurate bills of material (BOMs). This streamlines work processes by enabling better collaboration between structural engineers, connection engineers, detailers and fabricators in different locations.

Detailers can benefit by better coordinating with engineers and contractors and manage the changes coming from design. They can also extend their BIM-based services into preconstruction and reuse BIM-based model information directly from engineers to eliminate work.

Fabricators can benefit by receiving very accurate quantities for bidding purposes through accurate Revit design models. They can also eliminate waste in the shop and field by using the BIM environment to better coordinate their connection design to optimize for fabrication.


Free form rebar shape matching

To improve scheduling and annotation of rebar in your documentation, free form rebar now either matches existing rebar shape families or creates new rebar shape families from its bar geometry.

This is done for each bar in the set individually and allows fabrication data like individual bar segment lengths and hooks to be extracted. The geometry of free form rebar is defined by the selected references, and if possible matched to a rebar shape family.

Use the Workshop Instructions parameter to specify how a free form rebar will be fabricated and you’ll be able to choose between “Straight” and “Bend.” Straight means that the bar will be delivered as a straight bar to the site, and the shape code is of the first straight rebar shape loaded into the project, like 00. Bend means that, if possible, the bar will be matched to an existing rebar shape or a matching one will be created.

Rebar numbering and assembly matching as well as all other properties of the structural rebar category make use of the shape information (shape codes and segment lengths) when dealing with a free form bar matched to a rebar shape family.

Benefit: This feature has been introduced to better communicate design intent, fabrication data in the form of bar bending schedules showing individual segment lengths, and shape codes when using planar free form rebar. All to enhance 3D modeling and communication of fabrication instructions.


Precast automation for lattice girder slabs*

Girder slabs are now part of the precast automation process, following similar configuration rules and workflow as the existing elements. They are part of the Structural Precast Extension for Revit 2019 add-on .

Now you can find the ability to perform segmentation into girder slabs and add reinforcement according to predefined rules so you can automate the whole process of modelling precast girder slab assemblies. Furthermore, this feature can be used in conjunction with the Shop Drawings and CAM Export features so you have a seamless coordination from design to fabrication.

Benefit: This functionality gives you an enhanced and automated design to fabrication process.

API for precast automation*

The Precast for Revit dedicated API allows bespoke configurations for modelling, like segmentation or reinforcement rules, position of lifters and connections, also bespoke documentation, like custom annotation styles, or multiple shop drawings for an assembly with one click, or customized numbering.

Benefit: This empowers structural precast support and complements the Revit platform.

*Part of the Structural Precast Extension for Revit 2019 add-on, available later in May 2018 via the Autodesk Desktop App.

Learn more on what’s new in Revit 2019.


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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Advance Steel Tips, Tricks, and Workflows You’ll Want to Try at the Office

Autodesk University 2017

When you think Autodesk University, you probably think about learning the latest trends and technologies but also tips & tricks on your favorite products. And that’s just what you’ll find!

For this post, I’m going to summarize some of the Advance Steel tips and tricks that I described in my class “Advance Steel Tips, Tricks, and Workflows You’ll Want to Try at the Office” during the Autodesk University MEP & Structural Fabricators Forum 2017.

1. Center of Gravity

The Center of Gravity point of an object or an entire assembly can be found in the model by using the “Center of gravity and total weight calculation” command. As a result, an AutoCAD point is displayed in the model showing the center of gravity of that element.

Center of gravity in Advance Steel


2. Assign a Material to a Layer

When defining what an entire object will look like, it is a good idea to create a new material (using a specific color or texture) and assign it to this object. If you want to apply this material to several similar objects on the same layer, the Material Attach command can be used to assign a material to a layer with a simple drag & drop operation.


3. Using specific colors for parts on drawings

You can use specific rules to assign some of the standard AutoCAD colors to Advance Steel objects displayed on drawings. Once these colors are entered in a specific table accessible through the Management Tools, they become available in the Drawing Styles Manager. You can then use them when customizing a drawing style so that your drawings look like you want them to.


4. Convert multiple DWG shop drawings to PDF file

The Document Manager gives you the possibility to convert your DWG drawings to PDF files. But did you know that you can choose between converting into a single PDF file or multiple PDF files?


5. BIM Coordination with a Coordination model

With the collaboration model feature, you can use the Navisworks link to reference models from other members of the design team within Advance Steel to help you develop a better design. In this video, you will see how you can export steel members from a Revit model to Advance Steel, and how you can XREF the rest of the project as a Coordination model through Navisworks.


6. Panorama rendering for Google Cardboard VR

You can generate a Stereo Panorama from your Advance Steel 3D model that can be viewed in a Google Cardboard or compatible device. This offers a great and inexpensive opportunity to check your design in an early stage of the process.


If you want to watch the full class, check out the recording here.

For other Advance Steel tips and tricks, read these posts on BIM and Beam:

If you want to see some other Advance Steel features in action, watch the Advance Steel Product Features playlist on YouTube.

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Sharing the Advance Steel Roadmap

Roadmap on the plans for Advance Steel

As we enter into the new year, we would like to share an update about our Advance Steel product  plans. We call this the Advance Steel Roadmap. We want to do this so that our customers can gain greater insight into current and upcoming investments in this product.

Public roadmap sharing ground rules:

  1. We’re sharing some of the highlights of our product development roadmap to give you a sense of the general direction Advance Steel is heading. There’s a lot more work going on behind the scenes and this roadmap doesn’t reflect everything the development teams are working on.
  2. We’re planning to periodically update the roadmap because it is subject to change. When we can, we’ll also share videos that illustrate some of the work-in-progress software.
  3. Roadmaps are plans, not promises. We’re as excited as you to see new functionality make it into the products. However the development, release, and timing of any features or functionality remains at our sole discretion.
  4. These roadmaps should not be used to make purchasing decisions.


We use these marks and colors to keep track of the roadmap details.

Advance Steel Roadmap Legend




Features and Workflows Enhancements

The feature enhancements are focused on productivity and usability requirements prioritized by users through the Advance Steel Idea webpage. Additionally, our efforts are also focused on making steel detailers and fabricators connected across detailing service providers, fabricators and BIM process stakeholders.

Feature and workflow enhancements

Key Quality Improvements

We continue to look forward to improving the quality and reliability of Advance Steel especially in the area of drawings and documentation. The major focus is on making sure the drawings automation process reflects the original requirements of the detailer and to maintain reliability of drawings quality and behavior throughout model changes.

Key Quality Enhancements

We will continue to post updates on the Advance Steel product plans periodically and appreciate your feedback on any of the items listed.

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018


TIPS ON INCREASING REPETITION VALUE TO PLYWOOD There are many reasons to use plywood as a concrete shuttering materials. Out of those reasons one reason is it’s reuse value. But if proper care has not been taken during handling of plywood then it will not give a higher repetition value. So in this video I […]

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018


What Is The Effect of Tree Roots on Building? Fast growing trees close to buildings can cause unequal settlement when active tree roots dry out the soil causing differential soil shrinkage. Shrinking clays affect the bearing capacity and lead to movement in the building, especially in shallow foundations. Tree roots can extend over a considerable […]

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018


WEATHERING OF ROCK MASS ‘Weathering is the process of alteration and breakdown of rock and soil materials at and near the Earth’s surface by chemical decomposition and physical disintegration’ (Geological Society Engineering Group Working Party Report, 1995). Of particular note in this definition is that weathering is described as a process. It is not a […]

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Friday, 19 January 2018


WEIGHT VOLUME RELATIONSHIP OF SOIL The physical properties of a soil give insight as to the identification of the soil and the determination of its characteristics and load response. These properties can be determined by performing a laboratory analysis on undisturbed soil samples obtained during the test boring process. The laboratory analysis should be performed […]


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