Two upcoming FREE webinars exploring RC BIM Designers for Revit® and how they use BIM data to design 3D reinforcement.
In his article, BIM For Reinforced Concrete – It’s In The Details, Pawel Piechnick points to the delay in adopting Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the concrete industry, due mainly to the fragmented supply chain, involging the collaboration of several designers and suppliers for final product delivery.
With varied demands coming from Autodesk users regarding BIM-centric solutions for concrete – gaining more engineering information while coordinating with local building code requirements (engineers and designers), maximizing production and delivery while minimizing time spent with detailing and coordination with the field (fabricators), and planning optimization through access to accurate quantities in early project phases (contractors) – it is becoming clear that the industry is ready for a big change.
Pawel goes on to say that Autodesk’s strategy for reinforced concrete involves integrating steel reinforcement detailing with the structural design process, as well as the detailing process, resulting in more accurate documentation, as well as connected, end-to-end workflows. Autodesk Revit is a clear example, as a model authoring platform supporting BIM workflows for any discipline or trade.
Autodesk’s strategy is completed by partnerships with technical partners who have a record in delivering rebar design-to-detailing-solutions for users in the concrete industry still working with traditional 2D CAD platforms. Software developers such as SOFiSTiK, aSa and Graitec are providing Revit based tools adapted to local standard requirements, process automation, and advanced productivity requirements, and are rebuilding on Revit so they can provide their customers and future reinforced concrete partners a more collaborative BIM environment.
Carl Spalding, GRAITEC Product Strategy Director, thinks that the concrete industry is about to change “thanks to the global adoption of BIM, advances in software technology and countless lessons learnt”.
The main advantages of BIM-centric solutions for the concrete industry:
- combining 2D documentation versatility with the higher level of fidelity and accuracy of 3D modeling of steel reinforcement and concrete accessories;
- reducing clashes both in the preconstruction and site execution project phases (through detailing with clash prevention);
- transitioning from design to detailed models, following local code requirements and automating the process of making changes;
- and increasing transparency and model information quality from bidding to procurement.
Calculating 3D rebar cages for concrete frames
Structural engineers and structural technicians are working together seamlessly to reuse engineering BIM data to speed up reinforcement design and detailing processes. GRAITEC Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers calculate and generate the required reinforcement of concrete frames, (working to international design codes for Canada, US and Europe – CSA, ACI, EC) by using the internal forces saved in the Revit® analytical model.
One-click to design and calculate reinforcement in Revit®
Engineer’s design report
Structural engineers and structural technicians, get ready to harness the power of engineering BIM data and connected structural workflows to automate reinforced concrete design, calculation and detailing directly from Revit®. The next-generation BIM technology for reinforced concrete in Revit® has arrived, GRAITEC Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers. The question is are you ready? Here’s what you need to know…
Old habits die hard
In an age where BIM is driving benefit-proven change across the industry, it is still surprising that the workflow between structural engineers and designers is mostly stop-start, with little or no connected workflow. There are always exceptions, but at best it seems there is an initial transfer of model geometry, and in some cases material property data, from one party (or product) to another. This appears to be used to get the project started and, more often than not, a one-off one-way process, ill repeated thereafter. It seems for reinforced concrete there is still a tendency to favor communication of design changes and sharing of project properties using digital 2D or printed documentation – arguably a liability constraint or necessary to avoid jeopardizing the integrity of the digital model. Continue reading
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GRAITEC, an international BIM and CAD software developer for AEC, and Autodesk® Platinum Partner in US and across Europe, is excited to announce the international availability of it Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers, integrated with Revit®, among the mid-term R2 release of its Advance 2017 products.
Carl Spalding, GRAITEC Product Strategy Director comments: “Some of the key features of the GRAITEC Advance 2017 R2 range of products sees the implementing of user wish list requests, supporting more international and regional standards and the introduction of new reinforcement BIM solutions to support the migration to BIM of the concrete sector.“
Carl, adds: “The new Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers represent the first in a series of next generation technology that redefine how BIM data will be utilized more frequently to automate intelligent downstream processes, what we tend to refer to as ‘information-driven industry-automation’. Years of industry knowledge and real-world experience have been embedded directly into the technology. This enables extremely complex tasks to be automated, such as creating a 3D rebar cage designed to the regional codes and based on the actual FEM results or producing detailed design reports, views and drawings, all to local standards. Being multi-platform, the Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers offer a state-of-the-art BIM solution for reinforcement that is flexible enough to be adopted at any stage of the design process, supporting both simple and complex workflows, and bridging the workflow gap between structural engineers and technicians.“
GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers is a collection of apps dedicated to streamlining structural BIM workflows, automating traditional design and modeling processes and speeding the production of technical documents.
Already available in the Advance BIM Designers Collection are:
- Stairs & Railing Designer (for Autodesk® Advance Steel)
- Steel Structure Designer (for Autodesk® Advance Steel and Advance Design)
All have been enhanced in 2017 R2 introducing functionality based on user feedback.
- New to the Advance BIM Designer Collection are:
- Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers (for Autodesk® Revit®, Advance Design, Arche and standalone/OMD)
- Steel Connection Designer (for Advance Design & OMD)
Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers 2017 R2
The Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers are an innovative rebar detailing and modeling solution which utilize engineering BIM data, and work to numerous international standards, automate the design and creation of 3D rebar cages and produce related documentation – design reports, drawings and schedules – for common concrete Column, Beam and Footing elements.
Another unique feature of the Reinforced Concrete BIM Designers is its multi-platform compatibility – seamlessly integrating with Autodesk® Revit®, Advance Design, GRAITEC OMD and even operated as a standalone platform – offering a practical solution that simplifies the workflow between structural engineers and technicians. Discover more…
Steel Connection Designer 2017 R2
Introducing a new addition to the GRAITEC Advance BIM Designer Collection, the Steel Connection Designer – for quick and easy design of a large variety of steel connections and integrated into Advance Design. Welded and bolted Moment End Plate, Apex and Haunch connection types are supported, simple to create and extremely detailed. Using the new ‘enable weld’ option quickly converts the joint to fully welded with verifications completed according to EN 1993-1-8 standards.
Steel Structure Designer 2017 R2
The Steel Structure Designer works on both Advance Design and Autodesk® Advance Steel enabling an extensive range of building definitions to be configured in seconds. Several new options and commands have included to adjust the position of the reference axis in relation to elements, to accommodate both analysis and detailing, connecting all elements at the nodes. This also applies for purlins, side rails, roof bracings and side bracings. Users can now control the precise set-out positions of openings by aligning the frame elements to a reference point or system line. Finally new parameters have been introduced for a more accurate control of purlin and side rail distribution.
Stair and Railing Designer 2017 R2
Fast and flexible stair and railing modeling for Autodesk® Advance Steel. New options have been included for anchors and connector types, when detailing with straight or curved concrete support elements. When designing standard handrails, there is a new option to create the top handrail in a single element (polybeam) for accurate documentation, set-out and scheduling.
All product downloads are available from the GRAITEC customer portal here. A free trial can be accessed here and GRAITEC apps and add-ons are also available as a free trial or to buy from the GRAITEC store.
Advance Design 2017 R2
This version of GRAITEC Advance Design 2017 includes enhancements to ensure Advance Design works seamlessly with GRAITEC Advance BIM Designers, including the automatic transfer of geometry to BIM Designers. Settings can now be customized for local areas – set your own country, language and standards – to simplify the transfer of project information (project name, address, user data) from Advance Design together with any elements designed using Advance BIM Designers. A new addition to the Advance Design ribbon is the Bill of Materials button which automatically calculates an estimated quantity of materials and costs for your project.
Advance Workshop 2017 R2
A new Fast Order Input table offers a quick and simple way to create new orders by entering data (eg; section, material, length, name and cut type) directly into a tabular format or copy directly from an Excel spreadsheet, to create standard parts. Advance Workshop performs error checking and transforms the list into an order ready to be sent to production. To assist with internal management, it is now possible to manually add, remove or adjust planning stages as well as change, rename or replace all part and assembly names from the Edit Order function. Additional fields have been added to the ‘New Order’ dialog to ensure the most precise information is collated and orders can now be easily filtered for quick loading and referencing.
PowerPack for Advance Steel
The PowerPack for Autodesk® Advance Steel already encompasses a wide selection of exclusive joints, tools and utilities for Advance Steel users, and earlier this year, introduced a range of new profiles for worldwide Cold Rolled systems manufacturers with a range of intelligent parametric Cold Rolled joints that automatically adapt to the selected suppliers preference for purlins, apex-ties and anti-sag systems. This range has been expanded. A new single command for 2017 R2, enables the creation of NC files in Advance Steel and exports them in an SMLX file which transfers seamlessly into Advance Workshop.
PowerPack for Revit
Delivering more tools for architects, MEP and structural engineers, the 2017 R2 version includes improvements to the Numbering wizard with position tolerances that enhance the way elements positions such as grids are managed. The Pipe Openings tool for automatically inserting an opening where MEP elements interest structural elements, includes advanced searching and sorting. The rebar copy tool supports differing size elements, and the Bending Detail command now creates multi-rebar tags for rebar sets with multiple spacing in one single operation. Whilst ‘Clean and Refresh’ updates bending details to reflect changes in Revit® project. The Family Watermark Manager can manage multiple families at once, the Category Visibility tool can be used to switch on and off the visibility of either all categories or any elements in the current selection of the project. 3D View for each level creates views only for selected levels.
Carl Spalding, GRAITEC Product Strategy Director concludes: “Following on from the successful release of the GRAITEC 2017 product range, we wanted to ensure this version delivers everything our customers have been asking for, taking into account feedback and requests. Another consideration is looking to the future and the considerable shift by the whole AEC industry, moving away from manual and 2D processes – either through influence from external forces, newly available technology or downsizing within organisations. This is where GRAITEC products, apps and add-ons can significantly enhance customers’ working environments – introducing new, innovative, time-saving, BIM-centric technologies which provide solutions specifically designed to automate workflows and procedures.“