Precast structures are a prime example of why Building Information Modeling (BIM) is so crucial to engineering professionals. In a typical precast project, there are hundreds of pieces and parts that need to be tracked, ordered on time, and assembled correctly. Revit software offers the perfect medium to do that; however, Revit software by itself cannot yet perform a complete structural analysis and design, but offers some tools to help in doing so. In this class, we will explore the process of creating an analytical model of a typical precast residential building, exporting and running the structural analysis in Robot Structural Analysis software, and then transferring the reinforcing back to Revit software. Revit software and Robot Structural Analysis software are not specifically tailored to tackle all things precast, but the .NET framework and the Dynamo extension make it easier to streamline workflows. We will also look at how to use Dynamo to automate precast drafting and design. This session features Robot Structural Analysis and Revit. AIA Approved
- Learn how to extract an analytical model from a precast Revit model
- Learn how to use Robot Structural Analysis to perform structural analysis and understand its capabilities and limitations
- Learn how to perform structural design in Robot Structural Analysis
- Learn how Dynamo can help with precast structures
Ali Shrih is a project engineer at J3 Engineering in Wisconsin, and he is a member of the Fire and Connection Details committees of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI). He has a doctorate degree and a master's degree in structural engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. With more than 10 years of experience in non-linear finite element analysis and design, Shrih has also worked on designing precast/prestressed residential concrete buildings, parking structures, underground tanks, and industrial pipes. In addition, Shrih is an experienced user of the programming languages Visual Basic .NET, C#, and the extensible application markup language (XAML).
Mark Huntoon is a Project Manager for J3 Engineering Group in Mequon, WI, where his primary focus is on mechanical analysis using simulation, with an emphasis on natural hazard loading on equipment. He has a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, structural emphasis, both from Marquette University. Additionally, he has over 15 years of experience, including being the Chief Engineer for two companies. Prior to joining J3, he served as the Simulation Solutions Engineer for MasterGraphics, an Autodesk Platinum Partner, where he continues to teach classes on Simulation Mechanical, CFD, Nastran In-CAD, and Robot Structural Analysis. He has given presentations on a variety of mechanical engineering and software topics, including at Autodesk University, BuiltWorlds, and The Future of Making Things at Lambeau Field. Throughout his career, Mark has lead the design of large projects and smaller complex designs.