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Revit Add-In

StruSoft StruXML Revit Add-In

StruSoft offers a free tool that enables direct communication between FEM-Design and Autodesk Revit Structure. StruSoft StruXML Revit Add-In enables two - directional communication between Revit and FEM-Design. It is a powerful, but at the same time easy to use, tool that transfers the analytical model along with its properties between the two programs.

Characteristics

The transfer of structural elements from Revit to FEM-Design is done by exporting an analytical model of an instance of an element along with its properties. If a structural element in Revit does not have analytical model enabled, it can not be exported to FEM-Design.

Key features

  • model check tools
  • simple and straight-forward export / import procedure
  • manual and automatic mapping of materials and sections
  • system of warning messages in case of errors
  • full overwiev of exported elements in the export / import report
  • constant development based on user wishes


Transferred data

Following elements and properties can be exported/imported from/to Revit using the StruSoft StruXML Revit Add-In (for full description of export / import specification please check the User Manual):

Elements
Properties
  • Structural Columns
  • Structural Framing elements
  • Structural Floors
  • Structural Walls
  • Structural Foundation
  • Grids, levels and reference planes
  • Loads, load cases and load combinations
  • Structural Columns
  • Structural Framing elements
  • Structural Floors
  • Structural Walls
  • Structural Foundation
  • Grids, levels and reference planes
  • Loads, load cases and load combinations

StruSoft StuXML Revit Add-in

Download and install the StruSoft StuXML Revit Add-in. Upon installation, a StruSoft panel will be added in Revit. StruSoft tab contains three groups of commands: Tools, StruXML and Help.

Command Explanation
Analytical model Checks if all model elements have analytical model enabled.
Material Checks if all model elements have valid structural material.
Connection status Creates an analytical model with analytical nodes filtered by their connection status.
Wall Edge Connections Adds edge connections to wall edges.
Floor Identifier Exports floor elements as other objects.
StruXML Guid Add struxml Guid to Revit elements.
Guid Search Finds elements in Revit using the struxml Guid
Export StruXml Exports Revot analytical model to struxml.
Import StruXml Imports model from struxml to Revit.
Help Here one can find all the useful links regarding usage of the Add-In.

Export model from Revit to FEM-Design (struxml)

♦ Model preparation

The most important task, before you actually transfer the model, is verification and adjustment of the Revit analytical model, since the export from Revit to FEM-Design is based on analytical model transfer. The exact definition of analytical model is exported to FEM-Design therefore, it is extremely important to pay attention to its quality. 

You shall remember the following:
•  Make sure all the structural elements that you wish to export have to have an analytical model enabled.
•  Every structural element has to have a valid Structural Material assigned to it.
•  Every structural element has to have a valid Structural Material assigned to it.

The Tools panel in StruSoft tab contains three tools that are helpful in preparation of the Revit model before the export, and are sort of 'shortcut' for actions that can be done manually in Revit. Check the video to learn how to use these tools.

♦ Export procedure

Check out the video tutorial to learn how to export a model from Revit to FEM-Design. If, during the export process, you come across some warnings or errors, check the User Manual.

♦ Getting the exported model into FEM-Design

In order to get an exported model into FEM-Design, you simply run a new project and open the struxml file containing the exported Revit analytical model.



Import model from FEM-Design (struxml) to Revit

♦ Preparation in Revit prior to import

At the current version of the StruXML StruSoft Add-In, it is required that steel bars and some of the unusual concrete sections that you wish to transfer from FEM-Design, existed in the specific Revit project prior to the import. So, before you import your model, make a list of all the element types used in your FEM-Design model and check if they exist in the Revit project. If not, load or create the specific families and types. Typical concrete sections and floors and walls can be created automatically by the Add-In.

♦ Saving a FEM-Design model to struxml

No special model preparation in FEM-Design is necessary, and all you have to do, is to save your model as a .struxml type.  Not all the native FEM-Design elements can be saved to struxml. Elements such covers and timber panels are not supported at the moment.

♦ Import procedure

Open a project in Revit and start the Import Struxml. Load the struxml model, decide if to import all elements or just selected groups, perform mapping (automatic and manual) and import the elements.
 

Download Revit Add-In

In order to benefit from the integration possibilities between Autodesk Revit and StruSoft FEM-Design, download the free Revit Add-In. After installation, a StruSoft tab will be added to Revit.

Download Revit Add-In