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Automatic Rebar Detailing of Wall-Based Buildings Using Dynamo and ETABS
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Mario Lafontaine
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, Jorge Villarroel
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Description

Currently there are many engineering software systems designed to efficiently evaluate different structural solutions and/or strategies for reinforced concrete buildings. However, turning the adopted solution into a full Revit model (including rebars in RC elements) is still a very time-consuming task that diminishes the efficiency obtained in the previous analysis/design phase. Native Revit tools for rebar detailing are helpful if structural elements are limited in number, but they lack the required efficiency when working in middle- to large-size projects. In this class, you'll see the challenges faced, and the workflow and solutions used to develop a Dynamo tool that communicates via API with the finite element analysis software CSI ETABS 2016. This tool automatically puts the reinforcement of different structural elements (such as regular and irregular walls, columns, and beams) into the Revit model.

Key Learnings

  • Learn the efficiency issues and limitations of current existing tools to detail rebars of structural elements in Revit
  • Learn development examples that use Dynamo to solve most of the particular cases described
  • Learn the workflow used to interchange data from the third-party analysis software to the Revit model
  • Learn how to improve productivity for rebar detailing in medium-size and large Revit models using Dynamo

Speakers

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Im a structural engineer from Rene Lagos Engineers, a chilean structural engineering firm. During my time working in RLE I have participated in more than 1.000.000 m2 of different projects (residential, offices, retail, etc.). The most remarkable projects in which I have participated are Al Raha Beach complex in United Arab Emirates, Performance Based Design of 250m tall building in Bulgaria (Skyfort Tower), different buildings with seismic protection systems in Chile and Peru (Nunoa Capital, Plaza del Sol Buildings, etc.).I have participated as speaker in differents conferences such as CTBUH Conference (Shanghai, 2014), 10th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (Anchorage, 2014), 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (Chile, 2017). Currently I am a lecturer of Seismic Engineering in Adolfo Ibanez University.My current position in RLE is Director of New Technologies, in which I have the goal to fully incorporate BIM technologies into our daily process.
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Structural Engineer graduated from the Universidad de Chile in Santiago de Chile. I've been working in Rene Lagos Engineers since 2013. In 2017, I became part of the New Technologies team heading Revit app developments through the Revit API and mainly though Dynamo for Revit. Actually, I m developing enhancements for rebar detailing for RC buildings according the Chilean standard.
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