Autodesk Revit Advance Steel Export


I am approaching these few blogs from the point of view that Revit is the principal modeling platform for the Structural Engineer, and that additional detailing and jointing will be completed in Advance Steel. While it is certainly possible to go from Advance Steel to Revit, the most typical workflow is to compile the matchstick model in Revit and to detail in Advance Steel.

In general: when you model, make sure to use the families that are included in your country’s structural library. Chances are they will map to Advance Steel correctly and they should be available from a local supplier.

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Edit the path if necessary, so that it points to the library location. The structural families will then be indexed so that the export proceeds faster.

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Export Based on View Settings: You may use Visibility Graphics Overrides, Temporary Hide / Isolate, or Temporary View Properties. Only the elements that are visible in the view will be exported.
Export Grids: Export the grid elements (they are recognized in Advance Steel).
Ignore Beam Cutbacks and Extensions on Export: If cutbacks are used on beams that are not fabrication shapes, they will not be exported.
Disable Join for Beams on Import: When beams are imported into Revit they will not be automatically joined to other structural members.
This is a one-way process that generates a Steel Markup Language (SMLX) file. This file is like an XML file, and it can be extracted to investigate the code within it. In the next blog, we will look at this process.
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