Monday, March 31, 2008

New Features of Revit Structure 2009 - Concrete Reinforcement (Rebar Covers)

The Rebar Cover is now a property of concrete elements, making it much more flexible to edit and modify. Covers can be set by the different faces of the concrete element, enabling you to take into account the exposure of certain faces to weather.

A new Rebar visibility state, also enables you to view Rebars as solid in the 3D View.

New Features of Revit Structure 2009 - Concrete Reinforcement

Revit Structure 2009 increases the user’s ability to place individual reinforcement bars into a concrete model as specified by third-party analysis and design software.

Many standard rebar shapes (00, 01, S1, T1, and so on, for ACI codes) are available in a browser, and each bar can be placed with one mouse-click.

Rebar shape dimensions (A, B, C, D, E) can be edited in a manner similar to that for the Revit families.

Additional parameters can be displayed in schedules, and reinforcement automatically created by a third-party application can be accurately scheduled.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Release Dates of Revit 2009 Software!

Well, finally, the shipment dates of the Revit Software is out! Get ready for April 15th!

Revit® Architecture
April 15

AutoCAD® Revit® MEP Suite
April 15

Revit® Structure
April 15

Thursday, March 27, 2008

New Features of Revit Structure 2009 - Available Extensions

Autodesk® Subscription customers can benefit from extensions available for Revit Structure 2009.

The Reinforcement extensions increase the user’s ability to incorporate automatic reinforcement into concrete elements.

Easy to install and use, they extend the capability of Revit Structure 2009 to handle concrete reinforcement details.

As shown, reinforcement macros are avilable for concrete columns, beams, footings, walls, pile caps, and slab openings.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

New Features of Revit Structure 2009 - Vertical Move by Common Join

In previous releases, the ability to change the elevation of Beam Joins was only available for individually selected Beams. Now, in Revit Structure 2009, the elevation control is possible for several Beams joined at one intersection.

The user can now select a set of Beams at a common join and change the elevation. When an elevation is changed using the control, the selected beams disjoin, move to the desired location, and rejoin. In each beam property, the end and start level offset values are adjusted correspondingly.

Friday, March 21, 2008

New Features of Revit Structure 2009 - Edit Beam Joins

In Revit Structure 2008, cutbacks were applied to all members of an end join, no matter what. They were all the same in the Settings Pull Down Menu, specific to the elements they were joined to. However, now it Revit Structure 2009, we are allowed to change the join at each end of Beams, depending on the need:

Imagine viewing your joint this way:

How about this way?

What about this?

The beauty is that this can occur in a singe model with several different connections, different areas of the model, dofferent beams...Note that the shape handles at the end of the beams remain. These shape handles were created for the Coping tool; therefore complete coordination between the symbolic (Coarse mode) and model geometry (Medium and Fine modes) cannot be guaranteed with the use of the shape handles. These options are available for wood, steel, as well as concrete.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

New Features of Revit Structure 2009 - Slope Slabs

The first enhancement of Revit Structure 2009 allows you to edit the shape of Slabs with curved edges:

Improvements have also been made when adding points to a Slab. Now, users have the ability to manipulate the split lines that are added to the Slab when the point is positioned:

Lastly, the option does not limit the actions to Concrete Slab. Now, Slabs made of Metals Decks can also be sloped and warped:

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New Features of Revit Structure 2009

Structural Modeling

Sloped Slab Shape Edit

  • Edit the Shape of Slabs with Curved Edges
  • Modify the Split Lines that the Software automatically creats in the Slab when it is warped
  • Slabs made of Metal Decks can now also be sloped and warped

Beam Cutbacks

  • Modify the Join Configuration and provide Graphical Controls at the end of the Beams participating in a Join
  • Miter Joins can be created for Elements of the same Type

Vertical Move by Common Join

  • Elevation Control at the intersection of several Elements that Join

Avaialble Extensions

  • Reinforcement Macros for Concrete Columns, Beams, Footings, Walls, Pile Caps, and Slab Openings

Concrete Reinforcement

  • Place individual Reinforcement Bars into a Concrete Model
  • Many standard Rebar Shapes are available in a Browers
  • Rebar Shape dimensions can be edited in a manner similar to Revit Families
  • Additional Parameters can be displayed in Schedules
  • Reinforcement automatically created by a Third-party Application can be accurately scheduled
  • Covers are now a Property of Concerete Elements
  • View Rebars as Solid

Foundation Improvements

  • Create multiple Foundations at the same time
  • Wall Foundation Ends can now be Modified

Construction Documents

Dimension Improvements

  • Dimension to Intersections
  • Run Linear Dimensions to Center of Arcs without turning on Visibility of the Center Mark
  • Dimension Cencentric Arcs with Linear Dimensions
  • Apply Bold, Italic, Underlining and Width Factors to all Dimension Styles
  • Create a set of Dimensions that all start from a common Baseline
  • Create multiple Dimensions that measure a perpendicular disctance from an Origin Point

Dimension Text Override

  • Replace Numerical Values with Text Values
  • Add Supplemental Text to a Dimension String

Beam Tag Improvements

  • Place Spot Elevations on Beams at the Top or Bottom
  • Place multiple Beam Tags
  • Tag Curve-Driven Elements
  • Create a Single Label from multiple Parameters

Concrete Drawings

  • Concrete Auto-Join: Column to Slab, Column to Wall, Beam to Slab, Beam to Wall, Slab Edge to Slab
  • Enhanced Default Join of Beam to Beam

Graphical Column Schedule

  • Add shifted Columns to Graphical Column Schedules
  • Add Grouped Columns to Graphical Column Schedules
  • Add a drop-down list to the Column Element Properties that shows different Graphical Column Schedule Label Combinations

Revision Numbering

  • Revision Tags and Schedules can use Alphabetical, Alphanumeric or Mixed Convensions
  • New Revision Parameters have been created for Title Blocks
  • New Revision Columns have been created
  • Add Revision Names without a Cloud


Selection Count

  • Count the Number of Objects in different Categories within the Filter Dialog Box

Visibility Tools

  • Visibility Graphics for Revit links available "By Linked View" for Sections, Elevations and 3D Views
  • Improved Linework for linked files

3D Navigation

  • View Cube Feature
  • Steering Wheel Feature

Linked Files Visibility

  • Native DWF support for Windows Vista users
  • No Plug-Ins required
  • Windows XP support available

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Using Drawing List to Speed Up Productivity

In larger firms, it is most likely that multiple people will be working in the same file, and creating separate sheets, needing the Checked By, Drawn By, and Approved By to have a different set of initials. However, in smaller firms, one designer may be working on creating all the sheets, working on all the plans, sections, details, etc. This can make for a very timely process when this information needs to be entered in for every sheet, everytime a new sheet is created. However, utilizing the Drawing List, even if not in the actual final set of Construction Documents, may com in handy here:

First, create a new Drawing List:

Second, add the necessary Fields/Parameters, as if you were creating a schedule:

Lastly, change the necessary information in the Drawing List, rather than in each individual Sheet…

Thursday, March 6, 2008

RAM/Revit Structure Link

Recently, Bentley hosted a Webcast on the link between RAM and Revit Structure. They began by discussign the Elements brought into Revit Structure when creating your original model in RAM, the Elements brought into RAM when creating your original model in Revit Structure, and what Elements will be re-imported either way. They also discuss limitations of the link. Included in the Webcast is a demonstration of the link, starting with a model created in RAM, and how it is imported in Revit Structure.

I found this was a good introduction to the link between RAM and Revit Structure. It also includes contact information at the end of the Webcast, for additional questions.

Below is the link for the recorded webcast, as well as the document of questions compiled during the Webcast. For those of you starting to link between the two programs, I encourage you to watch this Webcast for a brief overview:

This will take you to a Webpage to View the RAM/Revit Structure Integration Webcast, the Questions compiled during the Webcast, as well as the ability to dowload the most current RAM/Revit Structure Link.