Construction demands accurate load calculations and structural analysis

The complexities of building construction cannot be realized by anyone better than architects and engineers, who have to conduct tremendous amounts of tests and calculations before finally getting into the proposed location for developing a building.

The strength of the building is actually determined by design and construction professionals after a variety of tests and calculations are conducted by them such as load calculations, buckling analysis and structural analysis.

A list of tests and analysis that are conducted for developing strong and effective buildings

  • First and most important test which is conducted for building construction remains soil testing or soil analysis.
  • Soil analysis is conducted to understand the stability of the soil in context of construction projects.
  • Soil testing is basically undertaken for determining whether the proposed location is a right place to construct a building or not.
  • In context of structure, structural engineers or civil engineers have to indulge into load calculations and on the basis of that strong structural design is developed.
  • Load calculations determine the amount of load that can be imposed on a building.
  • Loads can be divided or categorized into two different categories live load and dead load.
  • Loads are accountable for causing stresses and displacements in the structural framework.
  • For analyzing the impact of different kinds of loads on a structure, structural analysis services are executed by structural engineers.
  • If excess load is imposed on a structure, then it is bound to meet the stage of structural failure.
  • Hence the impact of all kinds of adverse situations is effectively studied by structural engineers during the design process, which results into the development of effective structures.


What should be done for improving the quality of schedules or to modify them?

Schedules are very important for accomplishing any task and same applies to execution of construction projects which cannot be completed effectively without the support of proper schedules. Depending upon the requirement, architects and engineers can make huge changes on schedules by editing them. That means changes can be made to schedules if changes are made to the project.

Generally two different kinds of schedules are developed by AEC professionals, which include standard schedules and graphical column schedules. Graphical column schedules can be defined as visual schedules which cannot be edited by AEC professionals when compared to standard schedules.

Revit is incredible or astounding software, which not only helps in developing 3D models but is also utilized for developing high-end schedules.

Things which can be done for improving schedules

  • When schedules are developed in Revit, AEC professionals can easily change a parameter.
  • For adding or changing a parameter they have to make use of parameters panel.
  • So in order to change a parameter, Revit users have to select a cell, then a category and finally the parameter under Parameters Panel.
  • Revit users can also eliminate a parameter from a title cell. For doing so users have to click Clear Cell after selecting the required cell.
  • For creating a parameter in order to include in the schedule users are required to use Project parameters dialog.
  • When it comes to formatting the unit of measure users are required to click Format Unit.
  • Users can easily add new columns to schedules and for doing that they have to approach columns panel and then click Insert.
  • Once Insert is clicked, the Select Fields dialog opens up. With its assistance fresh schedule filed can be included in the schedule by users.

In this way various things can be done by users for enhancing the quality of schedules.

Check out top 5 add-ons to Revit which streamline MEP modeling

Many new features and tools have been added in the latest version of Revit for reinforcing mechanical, electrical and plumbing modeling, and all these features are specifically meant to be used by MEP students and desktop Subscription customers. Revit has always been the first and foremost choice of Mechanical, electrical and plumbing modelers when it comes to developing top-tier 3D parametric models.

Construction industry has flourished in multiple ways after the adoption of Revit for developing excellent design for different building trades and for managing essential information for future use.

Top 5 MEP enhancements which are made in Revit 2015

It’s easy to move circuits now: Earlier when MEP modelers had to move the circuits to another slot, it used to end-up in disturbing other circuits but that can be effectively tackled now with the support of ‘Move to Tool,’ tool.

• With the assistance of ‘Move to Tool’ a required circuit can be easily placed directly to a target slot.

It’s very convenient to determine sequence for power circuits: Revit users can make use of Electrical Settings dialog for determining the sequence which is used for developing power circuits.

• This helps in simplifying the development of power circuits in Revit.

Easy to connect with recently used panel circuiting: When circuits are created in Revit, users can automatically connect to those panel circuits which have been used by them recently.

• Move commands such as Move Up, Move Down, Move Across and Move To etc can be used by Revit technicians for arranging the circuits.

Easily identify the table relevant for current condition: When it comes to identifying accurate table which can be used for the current condition, Revit technicians can make use of the ASHRAE Table Settings dialog. This dialog effectively shows graphical representation related to the duct fitting tables.

Improved energy analysis: Carrying out energy analysis has become extremely easy for large models, as different techniques can be used by Revit modelers for curtailing memory use.

Which are the most imperative books to learn Revit?

Nowadays, a lot of people which include architectural and engineering students as well as AEC professionals are looking ahead to expand or improve their knowledge about building design software Revit, which is very crucial tool for design development. Revit is used extensively by architects, structural engineers, MEP engineers and Building Information Modeling technicians for creating comprehensive parametric models for each building discipline, which can be optimized by them during construction and post construction period.

These models are highly fruitful when it comes to discovering conflicts or collisions between building elements, which ultimately make construction process quite easy.

Important books on Revit

  • ‘Introducing Revit Architecture 2009: BIM for Beginners’ is a highly relevant book for students belonging to architectural and engineering background as well as for architects and engineers, which is written by Greg Demchak.

  • It is a very simple book which is written with an intention to teach Revit to all those people who want to be associated to Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry.

  • In fact ‘Introducing Revit Architecture 2009: BIM for Beginners’ can be considered as best guide for architects, who often practice Building Information Modeling.

  • ‘Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011’ by Eddy Krygiel, Phil Read and James Vandezande is another important book which is dedicated to architects.

  • This book again talks extensively about Revit Architecture, which is largely meant for the utilization of architects and BIM technicians.

  • ‘Exploring Autodesk Revit Structure 2014’ is a book which is dedicated to structural engineers and students belonging to the field of structural engineering.

  • ‘Revit Structure Basics 2014: Framing and Documentation’ is again particularly written for structural engineers, fabricators and steel detailers etc, who have to cope up with the task of structural design.

  • This book is written by Elise Moss and it talks about all the important structural elements such as structural columns, walls, foundations and slabs etc and their development in Revit Structure.

If all these books are effectively referred by AEC professionals their knowledge about Revit is going to enrich drastically.