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Based on Autodesk Revit Building's technology, Revit Structure 3 offers more flexibility than before with improved coordination and productivity.  Collaboration has become more powerful with the ability to link 3D model information directly between Revit Structure, Revit Building, Revit Systems, Architectural Desktop and AutoCAD.  Parametric change technology in Revit keeps all parts of the model up to date, and links between analysis software will always update the model accurately.

The Coordination Monitor, available in both Revit Building 9 and Revit Structure 3, watches for changes in the model and can notify all design consultants of the changes.

In the separate analytical model and the original design model, interference checking can be performed between architectural and structural members that have been placed or changed, also allowing improved collaboration between the structural engineer and the architect.  For structural analysis, current Bi-directional links to ETABS, Robobat, RISA 3D & RISA Floor should soon be augmented by RAM Steel, STAAD and others.

As Expected, Revit Structure 3 incorporates most of the new Revit Building features, such as Material Takeoff, Sun Studies, Filter Selections, improved annotating and keynoting, and an enhanced detail library.  Modeling has been improved to include and work well with sloping elements, and new detail components make it easier to document highly detailed drawings in less time.

This release enables greater engineering insight.  New analytical tools allow you to check member supports to find any unsupported structural elements and find inconsistencies between the analytical and physical model.

Revit Structure has excellent DWG compatibility and supports AutoCAD DWG, DXF, and DGN formats.  Now it is also possible to import and export IFC (Industry Foundation Classes), and export CIS/2, further improving its interoperability.


Previous Features include:

One single model for both physical and analytical
Autodesk® Revit® Structure combines a physical model of the building fully associated with an analytical model editable by the structural engineer. While the physical model is used for drawing production and coordination, the analytical model is used by third-party structural analysis applications. Any design changes made during the analysis automatically update the Revit Structure model as well as the construction documents.

Bidirectional associativity between model and views

In Revit Structure, every 2D and 3D view, every drawing sheet, every detail and every schedule is a direct presentation of infor­mation from the same underlying building database, so each time you make changes, it propagates those changes throughout the model and updates every related plan, section, elevation, or schedule. This key feature of Autodesk Revit Structure makes all the difference in the system’s ease-of-use and responsiveness, helping to eliminate coordination errors and improve overall documentation quality.

Bidirectional links with multiple analysis packages

The Revit Structure analytical model is dynamically linked with external structural analysis and design programs such as the industry-leading ETABS software from Computer and Structures Inc. and RISA-3D software from RISA Technologies. 

Bidirectional linking means that analysis results accurately and automatically update your model if any member size has changed. And parametric change technology coordinates those updates everywhere in your project views and construction drawings.

Multiple materials
You can use several materials such as steel, cast-in-place concrete, precast concrete, masonry, or wood. You can mix different materials in the same structural model.

Parametric structural components
Revit Structure offers a full set of structural design tools such as walls, joist systems, beams, trusses, open web joists, precast concrete elements, concrete rebars, steel connections, anchors, metal decks details, etc. Parametric definitions allow quick revisions to any object types. New objects or details or symbols are graphically created and stored in families that you can edit and reuse in several projects.
Powerful drawings production
Revit Structure automates the repetitive and manual drafting tasks done in conventional CAD systems. Sections, elevations, and call-out detail views can be cut instantly. Referencing of sections, elevations, and details is done automatically in accordance to the sheets numbers. With the bidirectional associativity described above, any change in any view is propagated in every related view and drawings stay fully coordinated. Details can be based on views of the model with added graphics, or independent 2D drawings created in Revit Structure or conventional CAD files imported or linked into the project.

DWG/DXF/DGN support

Autodesk Revit Structure imports, exports, and links your data with the industry’s best DWG compatibility. Native support for DWG, DXF™, and DGN formats assures fully compatible data exchange. Revit Structure supports the traditional workflow where structural modeling starts with 2D DWG files provided by the architect.


Worksharing distributes the power of the parametric building modeling environment across the project team on Revit platform. You share the same intelligent building information model in one file. Worksharing provides a complete range of collaboration modes: within a structural engineering firm, between engineers and drafters; also within an architectural engineering firm, between engineers and architects and drafters working with them.

Bidirectional links with Autodesk Architectural Desktop
For better coordination with architects using Autodesk® Architectural Desktop, Revit Structure imports 3D object-based architectural models and also exports 3D structural objects back to Architectural Desktop. This link also allows for collaboration with MEP engineers using Autodesk® Building Systems. Structural engineers can export their structural elements into Autodesk Building Systems for interference checking between ducts and pipes and structural members.

Interoperability with Autodesk Revit Building
Engineers and architects can take full advantage of the Revit building information modeling platform and work more efficiently on the same shared database. They can perform interference checking between architectural and structural members. And for ultimate coordination, they can receive electronic notifications about the design changes made by either party.

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