Autodesk React Structures

Autodesk has been investing a lot in simulation products and one of the results again is a new product for structural engineering, called Autodesk® React Structures.

React Structures

Autodesk® React Structures is a new offering being developed for the structural engineer that is fully integrated into the BIM process and the rest of the Autodesk product portfolio. React Structures is being designed to be a powerful yet easy to use structural analysis offering for structural engineers. The application is available today free as a technical preview. This project has been created on Autodesk Labs to collect feedback about the technology.

Read more on this dedicated webpage, , where you also can register for this Tech Preview.

Get impressed by this new product, watching the video below:


Classes at Autodesk University 2015

While time flies by, the launch of AU2015 is coming closer as well. At the moment the classes are scheduled and below I want to share you more information about the classes I will present at The Venetian in Las Vegas between 30th of November and 3rd of December 2015.

If you are interested in the topics below, then just go and register for them 🙂

MSF11845 – Dynam(o)ite Your Design from Concept to Fabrication
Monday, Nov 30, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM  (Fabrication Forum)

ES9542 – Dynam(o)ite Your Design for Engineers
Tuesday, Dec 1, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

ES9599 – Involve analysis from pre-design till documentation phase in your BIM process
Thursday, Dec 3, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

You can also have a look at the other great classes on the list by clicking this link.

Looking forward to meet you in one or all of my classes !

You can now sign up for AU 2015 and register for these classes via this link.

Accuracy of shape handle editing of beams in Revit 2015

One of the enhancements of Revit 2015 is the way the shape handles of Structural Framing elements react. Finally we can drag the shape handles and let them lock on the web face of a Structural Column. At least, we don’t have to use workarounds like align the shape handles using Align and Tab, or changing the values of Start/End Join Cutback or Extensions.

Though, we still need to be careful with the “shape handle dragging”. You will see in the video below, that at first sight the beam seems to be nicely aligned with the web of the column. But if you have a closer look, you will find a gap. When you measure the gap, you’ll detect a value less than 1 mm. In this case 0.750 mm. 

Structural Framing Length Roundoff

This is not a disaster, not at all. I would be willing to see the first structure where there is no difference of 0.75 mm in the length of the beams. But still, it could be annoying when you want to make detailed drawings of your column-beam connection. Of course, you want to avoid that double line.

This inaccuracy is caused by a specific category parameter of a structural framing family. If you open the beam in the family editor, you will find the Structural Framing Length Round off parameter. By default the value of this parameter is set to 1.0 mm. Actually, this causes the cut length of beam to be rounded off to a multiple of 1 mm, which causes gaps or overlaps when the beam is generated.

Structural Framing Length Roundoff


If you set the value to 0.0, you won’t have that problem anymore.

In the next video you can see the influence of the Structural Framing Length Roundoff parameter to the accuracy of the shape handles of a beam.





New platform: Autodesk Knowledge Network

Autodesk launched a renewed platform for supporting their products online: Autodesk Knowledge Network

With this platform the previous resources like Support, Learning Documents, Discussion Forums, System Requirements, … are grouped on one internet site. When you have an Autodesk ID, you can sign in (i.e. to share information on the social netwerk).

With the search box, the platform allows you to perform a global search through all of the knowledge media Autodesk has offered previously. This new platform makes the gate wide open to a tremendous database of information on the Autodesk products.
Example: When you search for “Curtain wall Revit” then you get an overview on this specific object in Revit.

ADSK Knowledge Network