Precast structures are a prime example of why Building Information Modeling (BIM) is so crucial to engineering professionals. In a typical precast project, there are hundreds of pieces and parts that need to be tracked, ordered on time, and assembled correctly. Revit software offers the perfect medium to do that; however, Revit software by itself cannot yet perform a complete structural analysis and design, but offers some tools to help in doing so. In this class, we will explore the process of creating an analytical model of a typical precast residential building, exporting and running the structural analysis in Robot Structural Analysis software, and then transferring the reinforcing back to Revit software. Revit software and Robot Structural Analysis software are not specifically tailored to tackle all things precast, but the .NET framework and the Dynamo extension make it easier to streamline workflows. We will also look at how to use Dynamo to automate precast drafting and design. This session features Robot Structural Analysis and Revit. AIA Approved
Structural engineers interested in using Robot Structural in conjunction with Revit to design precast buildings.
Ali Shrih is a project engineer at J3 Engineering in Wisconsin, and he is a member of the Fire and Connection Details committees of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI). He has a doctorate degree and a master's degree in structural engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. With more than 10 years of experience in non-linear finite element analysis and design, Shrih has also worked on designing precast/prestressed residential concrete buildings, parking structures, underground tanks, and industrial pipes. In addition, Shrih is an experienced user of the programming languages Visual Basic .NET, C#, and the extensible application markup language (XAML).
Mark Huntoon is a Project Manager for J3 Engineering Group in Mequon, WI, where his primary focus is on mechanical analysis using simulation, with an emphasis on natural hazard loading on equipment. He has a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, structural emphasis, both from Marquette University. Additionally, he has over 15 years of experience, including being the Chief Engineer for two companies. Prior to joining J3, he served as the Simulation Solutions Engineer for MasterGraphics, an Autodesk Platinum Partner, where he continues to teach classes on Simulation Mechanical, CFD, Nastran In-CAD, and Robot Structural Analysis. He has given presentations on a variety of mechanical engineering and software topics, including at Autodesk University, BuiltWorlds, and The Future of Making Things at Lambeau Field. Throughout his career, Mark has lead the design of large projects and smaller complex designs.
Connected structural workflows are no longer science fiction but a stark reality that is delivering newfound accuracy and performance. In this class, we will show what a connected structural Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow in Revit software looks like, which will include exploring augmented reality on site. You will see firsthand how intelligent BIM data in a connected workflow can enable common structural elements (such as footings, columns, and beams) to be quickly designed to local codes, and automatically modeled, detailed, and scheduled all within Revit software. We will explore the essential steps that enable you to utilize default or your own custom structural Revit families to automate the creation of designed 3D reinforcement cages in Revit software, while using standard Revit families to configure automated drawings, views, bar schedules, and comprehensive design reports. You will take a virtual trip to site to visualize the reinforcement of your Revit project model using your mobile device without leaving your seat in the class. This session features Revit, Revit Structure, and Robot Structural Analysis. AIA Approved
Building on last year’s class "Taking BIM to the Limits for Structural Engineers and Technicians," we will present new workflows to increase productivity and minimize the waste caused in the design and documentation of structural engineering software. The class will focus on interoperability between analysis software and Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools, with a focus on Revit building design software as the primary documentation model. Making the most of parametric modeling tools—such as Dynamo software, Rhino software, and Grasshopper software—and optimization techniques using a wide range of tools, "Open BIM" can provide the foundation to successful collaboration. We will use real-world examples of complex and simple structures to demonstrate techniques and processes that will increase your efficiency and make the most of your team’s skill set, and examine what future skills your team might need to develop. This session features Revit Structure, Dynamo Studio, and Robot Structural Analysis. AIA Approved
This class will present a new approach to the structural analysis and design workflow. Utilizing Structural Analysis for Revit software and the Dynamo extension in collaboration with third-party software, an automated workflow will be achieved between conceptual model, analysis, and design. The class will show the ability to connect innovative 3D modeling data with traditional calculation methods. By using Revit software as a modeling platform and the Dynamo extension as a data extraction and export tool, this streamlined workflow can revolutionize the current approach to analysis and design. The proposed workflow can be standardized to each user’s preference and used repeatedly across multiple projects. Specific project needs can be included seamlessly into the workflow. The class will explore this workflow as it has been used for a structural seismic retrofit project located at NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Ames Research Center in Moffett Federal Airfield in California. This session features Revit Structure, Dynamo Studio, and Robot Structural Analysis. AIA Approved
This class will present a new software platform that facilitates information sharing between structural designers and steel material suppliers. The platform provides engineers with current information on material cost and availability in the context of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) in order to facilitate more-informed decisions early in the design process, which can significantly reduce cost and procurement time. In turn, material suppliers benefit from the project information shared by designers to better-forecast demand. We will present the platform architecture (developed collaboratively by Autodesk, Inc.; SteelCentral; and Stanford University) in the context of 2 industry case studies. Representatives from SSOE Group and Gerdau will describe their experiences using the platform from both a designer’s and a supplier’s perspective. Finally, we will engage the audience to discuss the potential of this technology to disrupt traditional workflows and promote innovation. This session features Revit Structure, Fusion 360, and Robot Structural Analysis. AIA Approved
In an attempt to win my colleagues over to the Robot Structural Analysis software as a company standard, I ran into what seemed like an insurmountable wall: Robot Structural Analysis software doesn't generate 3D ASCE 7 wind loads! This class will walk you through the process I developed to utilize the amazing Dynamo program to grab element geometry, ask a few questions, and create ASCE 7-10 wind load combinations in Robot Structural Analysis software in an attempt to convince my bosses that Robot Structural Analysis software (React Structures platform) and Dynamo are the way of the future. This session features Robot Structural Analysis, Dynamo Studio, and Revit.