New structural analysis software aimed at engineers
Autodesk, provider of 2D and 3D design and manufacturing software, has announced the release of two new offerings aimed at expanding its range of building information modelling (BIM) platforms.
The offerings are based of technology acquired by Autodesk when it took over Robobat, a deal that was completed in January 2008. According to the company, the software behind Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 2009 and Robot Structural Analysis Professional 2009 is integrated with Revit Structure 2009 software for BIM.
Nicolas Mangon, structural engineering business line manager, Autodesk AEC Solutions, said: “The new Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional 2009 delivers a great value to structural engineers worldwide by incorporating BIM in the structural analysis and design of building, civil and other specialty structures.”
The software creates a digital model of the design, which enables structural engineers to visualise, simulate and analyse their work.
The professional edition of the software package is multiregional and incorporates over 15 languages. It also features over 60 design codes, enabling engineers to analyse different types of structure, such as buildings and bridges.
Autodesk says that advanced automeshing and modelling capabilities, faster dynamic solvers, and integrated reinforced concrete design and structural steel design modules are included as structural analysis features.
Autodesk also hopes to improve project workflow with this offering. Collaboration and bidirectional links between Revit Structure, AutoCAD Structural Detailing 2009 and Revit Extensions claim to simplify communication across different teams working at different stages of the project.
Nonlinear and dynamic algorithms aim to speed up the reporting process, enabling engineers to examine different designs and experience how their design will look and perform in the real world.