Advance Steel or Revit? or maybe just both? that is a question at present that comes up all the time. We see this year the first true Vertical for Advance Steel, making it easier for users to have just one install with all the benefits of both AutoCAD and Advance Steel, simplifying installation, cost, subscription etc.
But what about Revit? where does this sit within this framework? Well, we are seeing the increase in collaboration with the release of additional Structural connections in Revit 2018, which allows for the transfer between the Revit and AS platforms without the loss of the connection information, so this allows for Steelwork Detailers to use Advance Steel and then, if required, just send that model via the SMLX transfer to the Revit user. This interaction gives the Revit user the ability to see the Detailers’ model in their familiar platform, work and address the issues, etc. then return it to the Detailer.
This also allows for collaboration between designer and detailer over analysis, this being the case of using the same SMLX format to go into platforms like Autodesk Advance Design, Robot and others.
It all sound great, but sometimes there are a few stumbling blocks, one of these is: what do we use for the sections in Revit? For example, with the recent Autodesk Revit 2018.1 update, there was a small piece about additional section/profile content, it did not really explain where it was or how to download it. This led me to trying to find it as a user would, how and what and where does it get installed etc. with this information, we can see where the additional content is being generated and stored within the Revit System, which parts we should load as families, along with advice on how the Transfer is designed to work, what methods are used in this process. This then extends into the various Extensions for Revit for the SMLX via the Advance Steel Extension and the Structural connections module.
With all these different avenues, we created a reference document primarily so we can better understand where to find these links and web help pages, which is shared in the attached documentation. This should provide some insight into how the collaboration between Revit and these other platforms is being generated, we may not have found every avenue, but hopefully with give users route to explore and better understand what is needed to made these collaborative workflows.
The process of collaboration continues to evolve and grow over time. I am sure we will see more data and interactions between the platforms as time goes on. Here is but a brief insight to help outline some of that framework under the detailing/design engines behind it.
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