I had the opportunity to present recently to the Tennessee Structural Engineers Association in Nashville, Tennessee. The event gathered over 100 structural engineers from the Tennessee region. The title of my BIM presentation was: BIM: Best Practices Today and Opportunities Tomorrow at the TNSEA. I co-presented with Ben Osborne with Stanley D Lindsey & Associates Inc who is based in SDL’s Atlanta office. While creating this presentation with Ben, it really brought to my attention the importance of good model discipline when building structural analysis models and exchanging them with BIM. It reiterated to me how different modeling for structural analysis is from modeling for documentation and coordination. Physical modeling and analytical modeling are really defined at different levels of abstraction and serve different purposes. You could say analysis modeling is at Level of Development 200 and physical modeling is at Level of Development 300 (after the structural design is complete). These differences are important to consider when we build out our interoperability strategies between Revit and React Structures.
Ben addressed this topic in his presentation. He showed how Autodesk Dynamo can help structural engineers better manage the integration with structural analysis and design. For example, he showed how to exchange concrete reinforcement design information from Excel to Revit and then how to exchange model data between Revit and React Structures simultaneously.
We are excited about the new release of React Structures, being the first structural analysis solution to include an out of the box integration with Autodesk Dynamo. Dynamo will help engineers better drive the structural analysis process and even exchange the model information with Revit in a much more customized, reliable way.
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