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BIM

BIM

Prodesk Suite

 

For as long as structural design and drafting software has existed, there has been a need to transfer information between various systems. More recently, the need for collaboration and information sharing amongst design professionals has advanced to a higher level — Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Prokon's Prodesk Suite makes BIM possible — it seamlessly transfers information between Autodesk® Revit®  (world-leading modelling software) and PROKON® Structural Analysis and Design.

AutoCAD Revit Structure ModelStructural modelling in Revit®

The power of BIM lies in the fact that one is no longer drawing lines in CAD, but rather modelling objects like beams, slabs and columns. Detailed information about these objects is stored in a model database. In the Revit® context, any change made to an object, automatically reflects in all plans, sections, elevations and schedules. In a broader context, BIM-enabled structural design and fabrication software can use the same information and respond to changes made to the model. The benefits of using BIM soon become obvious: early error detection in the preliminary design phase, fewer errors during detail design, and increased all round productivity.

 

 


 

Autodesk® Revit®  enables one to create an incredibly detailed building model, and apply point, line and area loads. It also has the ability to model complex support conditions such as releases and springs. All of this information can be transferred to a Sumo Structural Modeller or Frame Analysis model using Prodesk, an add-on for Revit®.

Transferring a model to PROKON® Structural Analysis and Design

Model transfer from Revit to PROKONIn spite of the complex translation process that goes on in the background, transferring the model a model from Revit® to Sumo Structural Modeller and Frame Analysis is a simple procedure with Prodesk:

  • Open the model in Revit®.
  • Click the Prodesk (transfer to PROKON) button on the toolbar, or select it from the Prokon menu.
  • Follow the prompts to convert the information into a sound structural model in Sumo or Frame Analysis. Depending on the objects present in the model, this may include setting parameters for finite element mesh generation.
 

PROKON Frame Analysis modelBeams and columns are transferred directly with their correct section profiles and orientations. Pad and wall footings are transferred as point or line supports. Slabs and walls are meshed using quadrilateral shell finite elements.

The transfer procedure offers you a great degree of control and flexibility. When transferring a concrete slab, for example, Sumo and and Frame Analysis' advanced mesh generator will guide you through the process to ensure that a suitable finite element mesh is created.

You have the option to transfer an entire model from Revit® to Sumo or Frame Analysis or, if you wish, selected portions only. If you transfer a single floor level only, columns passing through that level are modelled as supports in Sumo and Frame Analysis.

Transferring a model from PROKON to Revit®

In some cases, it may be more convenient to build your model in Sumo or Frame AnalysisProdesk allows you to be flexible, and has the ability to transfer models from Sumo and Frame Analysis models to Revit®. To facilitate this interaction, Prodesk has a function for creating "family files" for sections in the PROKON  Section Database (which is directly available from within Revit®) allowing you to add new sections on the fly. All of this interoperability guarantees time savings and a standardised model transfer.


Once you have transferred a model from Revit® to Sumo or Frame Analysis, you can proceed to detail design and reinforcement detailing, and finally transfer the reinforcement back to the Revit® model.

Reinforcement transfer from PROKON to RevitLinking with the PROKON® concrete design modules

The design and detailing workflow would typically be is as follows:

  • Build the model in Revit®.
  • Use Prodesk to transfer the model to Sumo or Frame Analysis.
  • Make any needed modifications to the structural model, e.g. enter loads if you have not done so in the Revit® model.
  • Perform the frame analysis to determine the design forces.
  • Use the Design Links function to generate design input for concrete bases and columns.
  • Perform the necessary design checks and generate reinforcement.
  • Use Prodesk to transfer the 3D reinforcement layout back to Revit® model.

This procedure can be used to reinforce groups of bases or columns (that are similar in function and dimension) at the same time.

Note: You can open bending schedules generated with the concrete design modules in AutoCAD® using the Probar 2D (formerly AutoPadds) extension. Probar 2D extends AutoCAD® and turns it into a full-featured 2D reinforcement detailing package.


Looking ahead — The future of BIM

In years to come, further improvements to Autodesk® Revit® will add to the success of BIM. Support for integration formats such as Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) and improved reinforcement modelling in Revit® would undoubtedly provide for even smoother sharing of information between Revit®, PROKON® Structural Analysis and Design and other engineering software.

BIM is not yet a magic formula for all design projects, but amazing things are on the horizon with a technology that is still maturing. While others are waiting for that to happen, Prodesk is providing PROKON® Structural Analysis and Design and Revit® users the much needed BIM link today.


Download

Installing or upgrading Prodesk is simple:

  1. Click the relevant link below to download the installer package to your computer's hard drive.
  2. Run the downloaded Setup package and follow the prompts to complete the installation.

Download the ProDESK 2019 Installer Package

Prodesk Suite for
Revit 2019
82 MB
2018/10/15 

 

Download the ProDESK 2018 Installer Package

Prodesk Suite for
Revit 2018
81 MB
2018/02/22 

 

Download the ProDESK 2017 Installer Package

Prodesk Suite for
Revit 2017
92 MB
2017/03/14 

System requirements

  • Minimum: Revit® 2017
    Recommended: Revit® 2019
  • Minimum: Windows 7 64-bit on a PC with 3GB RAM and 1,280 x 1,024 SXGA display
    Recommended: Windows 10 Professional edition 64-bit on a PC with dual CPU cores, 8GB RAM and Nvidia Quaddro FX or quivalent graphics adaptor

Note: Prodesk is NOT compatible with Windows 10 S or Windows "S Mode"

Probar 2D (AutoPadds)

Probar 2D (formerly AutoPadds) is an extension for AutoCAD® that turns it into a full-featured reinforced concrete detailing system. Probar 2D offers almost identical functionality to Padds but in the AutoCAD® environment. (Padds is a CAD and detailing module that forms part of PROKON® Structural Analysis and Design.)

AutoPadds Toolbar

With Probar 2D, you can detail reinforcement directly in AutoCAD®. You can open Padds drawings and work with bending schedules generated by the PROKON®concrete design modules. You can also link reinforcement layouts created with Probar 2D into your Revit® model.

AutoPadds Rebar Detailing in AutoCAD 


Probar 2D Features

Probar 2D is an extension for AutoCAD® with reinforcement detailing functionality similar to that of Padds. Probar 2D complements and extends the reinforcement functionality of Revit®.

AutoPadds Bending Schedule PaletteReinforcement Shape Codes

With Probar 2D, you can create your own libraries of reinforcement shape codes. Shape codes for the following codes of practice are included by default:

  • BS 4466 - 1989
  • BS 8666 - 2005
  • SANS 282 - 2004

Rebar Properties Palette

Probar 2D has a properties palette for rebar objects (similar to other AutoCad® object such as lines and circles) for easy editing of rebar properties such as diameter, shape code and dimensions. And like other objects, rebar objects can be filtered out of a multiple object selection by selecting type “Rebar” from the type dropdown at the top of the properties palette.

Schedule Palette

Probar 2D has a scheduling calculator is contained in a AutoCAD® docking palette, making it easy to access. The palette's purpose is to read all the rebar objects in the drawing, help you sort the information, and output it in tables on the AutoCAD® drawing.


Using AutoCAD® in conjunction with Revit®

The fact that building contractors prefer working with simple 2D reinforcement placing diagrams, suggests 2D reinforcement detailing will remain the preferred technique for the foreseeable future. For this reason, AutoCAD® Revit® is currently marketed as "suite" that includes AutoCAD® — reinforcement and other 2D detailing tasks are typically performed in AutoCAD® and the drawings linked back to Revit®. To use Probar 2D for detailing reinforcement in conjunction with a Revit® model:

  • Build the model in Revit®.
  • Use the Export function to export a slab or floor layout to CAD format.
  • Open the exported drawing in AutoCAD®, and use the Probar 2D functions to detail the slab.
  • In Revit®, use the Import function on the File menu to import the CAD drawing into the model.

Once linked this way, any changes made in the AutoCAD® drawing (including rebar changes made using Probar 2D) will automatically reflect in the Revit® model.


Download

To install or upgrade Probar 2D:

  1. Click the link alongside to download the setup package to your computer's hard drive.
  2. Double-click the downloaed file launch the setup utility and follow the prompts.

Note: You need a valid license in order to use Probar 2D. If you wish to try out Probar 2D, please contact us for a trial license.

System requirements

  • Minimum: AutoCAD® 2017 64-bit or later
    Recommended: AutoCAD® 2019 64-bit
  • Minimum:Windows 7 64-bit on a PC with 4GB RAM and 1,360 x 768 XGA display
    Recommended: Windows 10 Professional edition 64-bit on a PC with 8GB RAM

Note: Probar 2D is NOT compatible with Windows 10 S or Windows "S Mode".

 

Download the AutoPadds installer package

Probar 2D for AutoCAD
178 MB
2018/10/03

Autodesk Products and Services

Prokon Software Consultants is an Autodesk Authorised Developer, and also an AutoDesk Authorised Value Added Reseller and Authorised Training Centre for the South African region (includes Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland).

For more information, please see the Prokon Build website.