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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Autodesk - Robot Structural Analysis

The first program on the Revit Classroom Workflow Chart I would like to introduce you all to is Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis.  There are a few reasons why I added this program to the chart.  The first reason is that it is completely free for all students!

From Autodesk's Website:

Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis Professional software offers powerful analysis with exceptional finite element auto-meshing capabilities, providing structural engineers with a faster means for tackling the most complex simulations and model calculations. Core features of Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional include:
  • Seamless bidirectional links with Autodesk Revit Structure software
  • Advanced finite element auto-meshing capabilities
  • Wide range of analysis capabilities
  • State-of-the-art analysis solvers
  • Extensive output of analysis results
  • Multiple languages and units for global markets
  • Country-specific preferences and design codes
  • Integrated design solution for reinforced concrete and steel
  • Integrated workflow from structural analysis and design to fabrication drawings
  • Open and flexible API (application programming interface)

Obviously, unless you are a structural engineer some of this stuff is WAY overkill.  I find that the basic analyzations that could be produced are very helpful.  Especially to visually see the results.  For the designer, it is a great tool to really understand how your loads will be distributed and where they might be excessive.

The point I am trying to make is that you are taking the time to create this beautiful building information model... GET SOME INFORMATION OFF OF IT!

At your request I will go deeper into any of these programs that I am introducing.

Here is some more info on Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis: