Unit 4: Extending BIM for Structural Analysis and Design


This unit provides an overview of the analytical model in Autodesk® Revit® Structure software. It highlights the differences between the physical and analytical model, and then introduces powerful structural extensions you can add to Revit Structure. The unit includes a brief review of modeling in Revit Structure followed by an introduction to the concept of linking to third-party analysis programs. In addition, the unit introduces structural loads, load cases, and load combinations.


After completing this unit, students will be able to:

  • Define the Revit Structure analytical model.
  • Know the differences between physical and analytical models.
  • Understand the basic concept of structural loads, load cases, and load combinations.
  • Understand how the basic tools work in Revit Structure related to using Building Information Modeling for structural analysis. 
  • Understand the relationship between analysis software, such as Autodesk® Robot™ software, and BIM applications such as Revit Structure.


The following practice exercises are provided:


Key Terms

Key terms included in this Unit:

Analytical Model

A simplified 3D representation of the full engineering description of a structural physical model.

RobotStructural Analysis

Design software application capable of modeling and analyzing structural designs.


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