Lecture    SE3281
Adding Functionality to Autodesk® Revit® Structure
Tomas Amor, Stuart Zimmermann
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It is time to move on from using Autodesk Revit Structure software as a drafting tool and to begin using it as a design aid by accessing and manipulating the information in the model. This class will show how additional functionality can be added to Revit Structure in two ways. First, we will show how to incorporate structural engineering calculations into families that can be used to drive the geometry of modeled elements. Second, we will demonstrate a link between Revit and Microsoft® Excel® that allows use of system, type, and instance parameters in one formula and creates new parameters that report information contained in the model that is typically inaccessible through Revit reporting tools. We hope these examples will inspire you to find innovative and creative solutions using Revit tools.

Key Learnings

  • Use native tools in Revit Structure to add functionality
  • Automate repetitive tasks by using creative solutions
  • Describe another way for engineers to use Revit Structure as a design tool
  • Edit families for design and documentation of structural elements


 Tomas Amor
Tomas Amor
Tomas is a Structural Engineer at Target with over 12 years of experience that has been working on Revit since release 4. He has led the transition to Revit at his previous firm and has an interest in improving engineering processes with the use of technology innovation. Tomas has an Associate Degree in Civil Engineering Technology from CVTC, a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

 Stuart Zimmermann
Stuart Zimmermann
Stuart Zimmermann is a Sr. BIM Specialist and team member of Target Corp., one of the most renowned and influential retail driven organizations in the world. As a certified Revit Proffesional he is currently partnering in the effort to build a world class BIM system to be used to service many cross functional teams both within Target and abroad. With over 15 years of experience in the architectural design and construction world and partnering with corporations such as Best Buy, Macy's and Marshall Fields he owns a proffesional owners perspective to the BIM environment.

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