Here you can find data files for use with the exercises in the book.
About the Author:
Ken is a structural engineer and former Autodesk Revit Quality Assurance Analyst. A champion of Building Information Modeling technology, Ken continues to teach and train others in Revit and Robot to help promote the use of fully integrated technology for structural engineering.
Ken is the owner of Marsh API, LLC a company dedicated to extending Autodesk Technology for the AEC industry through Revit API add-ons, Software Training, and Consulting in the areas of Revit, Revit Structure, and Robot Structural Analysis.
What you will learn:
Chapter 1 - Getting Started
From opening your first project, starting to understand the interface and navigating a project, using work-planes, graphical views and tables. You will gain familiarity with the basic function of the interface. Most importantly you will learn all about how to manage selections in Robot.
Chapter 2 - Preferences and Project Setup
Take a look at the basic program preferences and initial setup. Configure material databases, unit formats, design and combination codes, and take a look at analysis settings.
Chapter 3 - Basic Structural Modeling
Layout structural grids and stories, add nodes if desired, model bars, beams, columns, apply support definitions, and member end releases. You will begin to learn about Robot labels: a very important concept in Robot.
Chapter 4 - Modeling Loads
Learn the ins and outs of adding loads to your structure model.
Some of the loading techniques are unique and you will get insight into adding all types of loads for static analysis including using the new wind load generator in Robot 2015!
Chapter 5 - Preliminary Structural Analysis
In this chapter, we will look at Robot’s automatic load combinations: a very important feature of Robot analysis. We will discuss model verification and techniques for resolving issues with calculations as well as analysis types and an introduction to Robot’s nonlinear solver. Version 2015 now includes information on using Robot's implementation of AISC Direct Analysis Method, a robust analysis technique to facilitate design by modern methods.
Chapter 6 - Exploring Preliminary Results
This chapter covers the tools Robot provides to investigate your analysis results. Robot result terminology will be explained, directions of forces and stresses are covered, as well as the use of Robot result tables for drilling down into the result information.
Chapter 7 - Printout Composition
Learn the secrets of Robot’s screen capture utilities, how to put your report together with impactful images and things to watch out for while prepping your presentation.
Chapter 8 - Basic Steel Design Workflow
Get the hang of steel design in Robot and how to manage both deflection and strength control. Look at code parameter lables in Robot for AISC 360 – 05 and learn techniques for creating design groups to control your member design.
Chapter 9 - Structure Modification
Robot has some very powerful modification tools. We’ll take a look at the edit menu, how to apply model corrections correctly and how to adjust the structure when needed.
Chapter 10 - Beginning Decks and Walls
Learn about how to define walls and decks, how to configure materials and thickness, understand panel calculation options, meshing, and reviewing panel
Chapter 11 - Basic Seismic Analysis
Use the equivalent lateral force method to generate a seismic load case for your structure. Learn how to use Robot’s results tools to understand what loads have been applied to your structure.
Chapter 12 - Beginning Concrete Design
Learn the basics of concrete design with both the required reinforcement module for simplified concrete member design as well as an introduction to the provided reinforcement module for precise member design and concrete drawing generation.
Chapter 13 - Trouble-shooting
Sometimes something goes wrong with a model. Here are a few tips and tricks to try and help smooth out some of the bumps and give you some tools for investigating and tracking down issues in models.