ETABS® and Revit® Structure 2009/2010/2011 Data Exchange Documentation

ISO ETA062609M19 Rev. 2 Berkeley, California, USA

Version 2011 February 2011

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Introduction
This document describes how to exchange Building Information Modeling (BIM) data between Revit Structure 2009/2010/2011 and ETABS 9.7.2 or later, a three-dimensional physical object based analysis and design package developed specifically for building type structures, including commercial, residential, healthcare and educational facilities. CSiXRevit supports four different workflows: 1) Exporting from Revit Structure to create new ETABS model 2) Exporting from Revit Structure to update an existing ETABS model 3) Importing from ETABS to create a new Revit Structure model 4) Importing from ETABS to update an existing Revit Structure model. The flow of information is idealized in the schematic below:

Export from Revit Structure to create a new ETABS model. Export from Revit Structure to update an existing ETABS model.

ETABS® Revit® Structure

Import from ETABS to create a new Revit Structure model. Import from ETABS to update an existing Revit Structure model.

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Geometry. and end releases. Fixed joint restraint will be created in ETABS wherever a footing occurs in Revit. cardinal points. Equivalent ETABS sections will be automatically created and mapped with _f appended to the floor section name. Action Creation of… Model Element Grids Materials Frames Supported Notes Equivalent ETABS materials will be automatically created in ETABS. All columns will be automatically broken at story levels. Will be automatically mapped to ETABS database sections Equivalent ETABS sections will be automatically created and mapped Walls will be automatically meshed at window and door openings Equivalent ETABS sections will be automatically created and mapped with _w appended to the wall section name.Supported Workflows Exporting from Revit Structure to create a new ETABS model The chart below specifies details about data that is transferred into ETABS when exporting from Revit to create a new ETABS model. Equivalent ETABS sections will be automatically created and mapped with _f appended to the floor section name. Frame Sections Steel Sections Concrete Sections Walls Wall Properties Floors Slabs Properties Deck Properties Footings Point Loads Line Loads Area Loads Load Cases Load Combos ETABS Auto Select Lists All families that are loaded in ETABS will be made into Auto-Select Lists in ETABS 5 . transferred to ETABS. offsets.

In case of orthotropic material. • Curved Grid: In case of curved grid. If any of the remaining two is zero then it will be filled with the first non-zero value. If any of the remaining two is zero then it will be filled with the first non-zero value. If first value is zero then ETABS default value will be used. These three values (for 3 different directions) cannot be zero in ETABS. These three values (for 3 different directions) cannot be zero in ETABS.Grids The following Grid attributes are being created in ETABS: • Grid Name: Same grid name will be used in the ETABS grid bubble. If it defined zero in Revit then ETABS default value will be used. If first value is zero then ETABS default value will be used. For the Isotropic material only first value will be used for all other directions • Unit Weight: Revit unit weight is used to fill the ETABS material unit weight (w) and unit mass (m). Unit weight cannot be zero in ETABS. Steel and others • Young’s Modulus: Revit Youngs’s modulus is used to fill the ETABS material Young’s modulus (E). In ETABS units of weight is being calculated by dividing the unit weight to gravitational constant (g). If any of the remaining two is zero then it will be filled with the first non-zero value. For the Isotropic material only first value will be used for all other directions • Poisson Ratio: Revit Poissons Ratio is used to fill the ETABS material Poissons Ratio (u). If any of the remaining two is zero then it will be filled with the first non-zero value. these three values (for 3 different directions) cannot be zero in ETABS. If first value is zero then ETABS default value will be used. These three values (for 3 different directions) cannot be zero in ETABS. If first value is zero then ETABS default value will be used. • Grid Points: The start and end points are used to define the general grid line in ETABS. ETABS breaks it into number of segments to get the suitable curvature. For the Isotropic material only first value will be used for all other directions • Shear Modulus: Revit Shear Modulus is used to fill the ETABS material Shear Modulus (G). • Thermal Expansion Coefficient: Revit thermal expansion coefficient is used to fill the ETABS material thermal expansion coefficient (Alpha). Materials The following material attributes are being created in ETABS: • Material Name: Same name will be used in ETABS • Material Type: Revit material type is used to identify the ETABS material types namely Concrete. • Damping Ratio: This value is not in used in current version of ETABS. 6 . If Revit material is defined as Isotropic then ETABS will calculate this value on the basis of Young’s Modulus and Poisson Ratio.

Default value will be used if it is defined zero in Revit. Default value will be used if it is defined as Zero in Revit. Default value will be used if it is defined as zero in Revit. Tensile Strength: Revit tensile stress is used to fill ETABS material (if type is steel) ultimate stress ‘Fu’. User has control over how the curve is broken up by defining the minimum length and minimum angle size. • Old Revit Wall Openings (Regular or irregular • Frame Section: ETABS imports the currently assigned section to the frame in Revit along with the whole family. • Frame Curves: ETABS does not support curved frame objects. ETABS always give the warning and writes . Default value will be used if it is defined as zero in Revit. ETABS converts the Revit family to ETABS auto selection list. Behavior: Revit behavior tag is used to identify the isotropic or orthotropic materials in ETABS Concrete Compression: Revit concrete compression is used to fill ETABS material (if type is concrete) ‘F’c’. ETABS will always fix them at the both ends 7 . Shear Strength Reduction: This value is not in used in current version of ETABS Yield Stress: Revit yield stress is used to fill ETABS material (if type is steel) yielding stress ‘Fy’. Default value will be used if it is defined as zero in Revit.wrn file in case of using any default value while importing the materials from Revit. All curves in Revit frame will be converted in to number of segments. Steel Reduction Factor: This value is not in used in current version of ETABS. Shear Reinforcement: Revit shear reinforcement is used to fill ETABS material (if type is concrete) shear reinforcement ‘Fy’. Lightweight: Revit lightweight tag is used to identify the lightweight concrete material in ETABS. Only those materials which are linked with the floor or frame in the Revit model are imported into ETABS. Frames The following frame attributes are being imported from Revit to ETABS: • Frame Points: All frame points are used to define the same geometry of the frames in ETABS. If the frame is a column. • Frame Releases: All frame releases defined in Revit are imported into ETABS as line objects releases.• • • • • • • • • • Bending Reinforcement: Revit bending reinforcement is used to fill ETABS material (if type is concrete) main reinforcement ‘Fy’. Resistance Calculation Strength: Revit Resistance Calculation strength is used to fill the ETABS material f’c factor.

Similarly. If it is not found in the existing database. • Column Insertion Point and End Offset: The default cardinal point for columns (mid center) is chosen when we bring model from Revit to ETABS. To see the effect of rigid offset in ETABS. ETABS first tries to find the name of the section from it database. • Orientation Angle: Same angle is used for defining the line orientation along with its local 1-axis in ETABS. • Beam End Offset: Vertical offset are being defined in Revit for any end of the beam with following parameters o Vertical Projection o Reference Level o Z-Direction Offset Value (Geometry Offset) o Start Level Offset o End Level Offset ETABS calculates the vertical beam offset of END I and END J by using the following equations: o END I vertical Offset = Reference Level Elevation – Analytical Level Projection Elevation + Geometry Offset + Start Level Offset o END J vertical Offset = Reference Level Elevation – Analytical Level Projection Elevation + Geometry Offset + End Level Offset If vertical projection or Reference level is not defined. • Beam Insertion point: In Revit. beams or brace end torsion cannot be released. beam insertion point is defined by the following two parameters o z-Direction Justification o Lateral Justification ETABS calculates the coressponding cardinal point on the basis of these two parameters. the ETABS will try to create these sections parametrically. • Rigid Link: It is being imported and used to define the end offsets in the ETABS.except for the bottom end of base story. then both of these parameters are defined as 0 in the above equations. Most steel sections can be mapped automatically. view the model in extruded view. ETABS follow mapping of sections in following steps: 8 . This is being done to ensure structure stability. Column offsets are exported into ETABS from Revit if rigid link is being used for either column end. If these parameters are not defined then default cardinal point (Top Center) is choosen. Frame Sections Mapping of Revit frame section attributes depend upon the type.

We always remove the blank spaces and always and ignore upper/lower cases dissimilarities while names comparison. 2) In the next step ETABS try to map Revit Structure family sections to a section in the ETABS’ .Profile’ .PRO databases by section name comparison. All geometric cross sectional properties will be used from ETABS section. In Figure 1 below: ‘UC203x203x46’ section is loaded from ‘BSShapes.PRO files 9 . If it finds a match then that section is mapped. Fig 1: Import of sections from .1) ETABS will first try to map Revit Structure family sections to the currently loaded ETABS database by section name comparison. If it finds the same name then we use that section with its all geometric cross sectional properties.PRO files during the import of the Revit Structure model. The user is given the option to add/remove or change the search order of .

Fig 2: Adding /Removing of Pro files while Revit Structure model Import 3) If a Revit Family section cannot be mapped to an ETABS section from any of the . In case that it is a parametric section ETABS will create an equivalent section and use the same Revit Structure family caption as section name. some special characters for inch and feet representation will be changes to ‘in’ or ‘ft’ as shown in fig 3. The user has the option to add a new parametric 10 . Fig 3: Mapping of Revit Structure Parametric Frame families 4) In the case that the Revit Structure family section is not parametrically defined then we import this section with the same name (Revit Structure family caption) and map it to an ETABS default section properties. However.PRO files then ETABS check if it is a Revit Structure parametric section.

For Revit Structure families with ‘Universal Columns’ or ‘Universal Beams’ category ETABS handles this by changing suffix to prefix while import. In Fig. due to prefix/suffix incompatibility.PRO file which is not in the . the user can fix the mapping by using the use ‘Add..’ button to map that Revit Family section to an appropriate ETABS section.PRO file sections. A sample mapping file is shown in fig 4. Fig 4: Section mapping file 6) Some European family names do not map with ETABS European .PRO file list. 11 . 2 ETABS initially maps ‘RHS150x100x5’ to the ETABS default section property (shown in red color).section as a replacement section or to load a new section from any other . 5) The user has the option to save a mapping file such that user defined mapping can be reused on subsequent imports. However.

IX. SY. IX. IX. A B. D. SEAT H1. SY. D. H. D. A B. H B B B. D. DEPTH H1. SY. SY. IY. SY. A B. SX. SX. SLAB DEPTH. IY. H. STEM WIDTH. SX. SY. TEE WIDTH. H WIDTH. IY. IX. A B. IX. IX. SY. IY. H CONCRETE FRAMING PRECAST-INVERTED TEE PRECAST-L SHAPED BEAM PRECAST-RECTANGULAR BEAM PRECAST-SINGLE TEE WOOD COLUMNS WOOD FRAMING DIMENSION LUMBERCOLUMN GLULAM-SOUTHERN PINECOLUMN GLULAM-WESTERN SPECIESCOLUMN PSL-PARALLEL STRAND LUMBER-COLUMN TIMBER-COLUMN DIMENSION LUMBER GLULAM-SOUTHERN PINE GLULAM-WESTERN SPECIES LVL-LAMINATED VENEER LUMBER TIMBER OPEN WEB JOIST PLYWOOD WEB JOIST 12 . SX. A B. B. D. A B. IY. SY. IY. SY. DEPTH B. D. SX. D. H B. SX. SX. SY. SX. IY. SLAB DEPTH. A B. SEAT B. IY. D. STEM WIDTH. IX. IX. D. A B. SX. D.The parameters list is given for concrete and wood structural families in the following table. A B. H CHAMFER WIDTH. IX. B. IY. A B. IY. IX. Member Type CONCRETE COLUMNS Family Name CONCRETE-RECTANGULARCOLUMN CONCRETE-ROUND-COLUMN CONCRETE-SQUARECOLUMN PRECAST-RECTANGULAR COLUMN PRECAST-DOUBLE TEE Parameters B. SX.

Otherwise floor will be treated as a slab. • Wall material: All the materials assigned to different layers of a Revit wall are exported to ETABS. wall openings may be drawn using “Modeling>Opening>Wall Opening”. User has control over how the curve is broken up by defining the minimum length and minimum angle size. • Number of Layers: In Revit. This opening entity is transferred to ETABS as an opening in walls. • Wall Curve: Curved walls are not supported in ETABS. ETABS is reading the floor layer information and will treat the floor as deck if more than one layer is present in the floor. All irregular shapes will be converted to an equivalent mesh (by using tessellation in vertical plane) of vertical elements having four nodes only. In older versions. However. having different thickness and material properties. which will give the suitable curvature for the area boundary. However. there was no tag for the loop for opening. 13 . The material of the wall with the maximum wall thickness will be used. different layers may be defined within a floor. ETABS breaks the curved walls of Revit in to small segments to keep the required curvature of the walls. Walls The following wall attributes are being imported from Revit to ETABS: • Points: All points are being transferred from Revit to ETABS. Users have the option in ETABS to change the material if necessary. inplace family members are imported into ETABS as a frame member including its family and corresponding frame section. only one material is assigned to ETABS wall section property. walls are stored as loops (including the curves) of points. • Wall Openings (Regular rectangular shape): In new Revit version. ETABS wall has 3 to 4 nodes. All the curves in Revit floor will be converted into number of segments. • Old Revit Wall Openings (Regular or irregular shapes): In Revit. Floors The following floor attributes are being imported from Revit to ETABS: • Floor Points: All floor points are used to define the geometry of the floor in ETABS • Floor Curves: ETABS does not support curves in area objects. ETABS only choose one layer which has the maximum thickness when we export data from Revit to ETABS. • Wall Thickness: Revit wall has different layers. ETABS treats the opening loop same like wall loop. In this case ETABS breaks the Revit walls in to four noded walls. User has to manually assign it opening after import.In-place family members In Revit. In Revit wall may be defined as contentious having more than 4 points.

Revit Deck Family 14 . If the floor is a deck.• Layer Thickness: ETABS imports the thickness of each layer. its section property is defined by the maximum thickness of the layers. Below is an example of how Revit Deck parameters are mapped to ETABS Deck Section parameters.

ETABS Deck Parameters ETABS Deck Section 15 .Revit Deck Parameters vs.

which will give the suitable curvature for the area boundary. All curves in this opening will be converted into number of segments. Floor Span Direction: Same span direction will be used in ETABS for the decks. Same layer will be used to define material of ETABS deck section. Same layer will be assigned to the Slab or Deck section. there are following two layers in the Revit Deck section 1) Concrete – cast-in-place (Thickness = 5”) 2) Metal – Deck (Thickness = 0 ) Layer 2 is linked with a deck profile which has following properties • • • • • HR WR RR SR THICKNESS Here is the procedure that CSiXRevit uses to fill ETABS deck section properties • We select a layer which has maximum thickness and treat it as overall thickness of section. A default direction will be used if no span direction is defined in Revit. Floor Opening (Regular or Irregular): Openings defined in Revit by “Modeling>Opening>Vertical Opening” are being imported in ETABS from Revit. • • • • 16 . A default material will be used if no material is defined in Revit. • Slab Depth tc = overall thickness of section – HR • Deck Depth hr = HR • Rib Width wr = WR • Rib Spacing Sr = SR • Composite Deck Studs diameter = RR • Composite Deck Stud height (hs) = over all thickness of section .THICKNESS Layer Materials: ETABS gets the material of each layer. Users have the option in ETABS to change the material of the different layer if necessary. Ramp: All 4 noded inclined slabs are imported as ramp elements in ETABS.In this example.

Mz: All forces and moments are applied in global direction in Revit and transferred in the similar manner to ETABS. for details please check Shaft Opening. for details please check openings in walls. Point Loads The following point load attributes are being imported from Revit to ETABS: • Load Case Name: Is used to set the corresponding load case number in ETABS. • Location: Used to define the point of application of the load. • Fx. • Shaft Openings: These are imported as openings in floors (horizontal planes). • Start and End point Location: Is used to define the start and end point of the line load. Mx. Line Loads The following line load attributes are being imported from Revit to ETABS • Load Case Name: Is used to set the corresponding load case number in ETABS. My. In ETABS the shaft is imported as horizontal openings in all stories level which lies between the upper and lower limits of 3D Shaft.Openings The following openings are being imported from Revit to ETABS • Vertical Openings: These are imported as opening in floors (horizontal planes) for details check openings in floors. the Shaft Opening is defined as a 3D shaft having upper and lower limits (or offset elevations from upper and lower story levels). In ETABS all columns. Footings The following footing properties are being imported from Revit to ETABS: • Points: All the points defining the shape of the footing will be imported. Fz. In ETABS. which are located in this area. if a line load is carrying the gravitational load and it is overlapping more than one beam then it will be distributed to the corresponding beams. Shafts In Revit. In this case. In case of a lateral line 17 . Note: Only rectangular footings will be processed. • Wall Openings: These are imported as openings in walls (vertical planes). will be restrained. Fy. Length and Thickness: For rectangular cases. ETABS locates the all columns within the rectangular area and these columns will be restrained. • Width. width. length and thickness are being defined.

ETABS will convert it in to equivalent uniform area load. Load Cases The following load case attributes are being imported from Revit to ETABS: • Load Case Name: The same name will be used for ETABS Load case name except ‘Rvt-‘ will be added at the start of the name. Area Loads The following area load attributes are being imported from Revit to ETABS • Load Case Name: Is used to set the corresponding load case number in ETABS. users must check that no line load should overlap more than one beam. My. The mapping is shown in the following table: Revit Structure Load Case Category Dead Live Wind Snow Roof Live Accidental Temperature Seismic ETABS Load Case Type Dead Live Wind Snow Live Other Other Quake Load Combos 18 . • Points: Points will be used to define the geometry of the loading area. The non-uniform surface load is not supported in ETABS. Fy. Mz: All forces and moments are applied in global direction in Revit and transferred in the similar manner to ETABS. • Load Case Category: It is used to define the load case type in ETABS. it will not be processed in the ETABS analysis. LoadZ: All loads are applied in global direction in Revit and transferred in the similar manner to ETABS. Fx. It should be noted that each curve is used as straight line in ETABS. Fz. In case of Revit non-uniform surface load. LoadY. • LoadX. Otherwise.• load. Mx.

o DCON o DSTL o DWAL o DCMPC o DCMPS o DCMPD • Load Cases: The same load cases list will be used in ETABS to define the Load Combination. • Load Case Factor: The same load case factors will be used for the corresponding load cases in the ETABS load combination. ETABS Auto Select Lists ETABS will automatically create Auto-select lists based on Revit family types that are loaded in the current Revit model being exported to ETABS.The following load combination attributes are being imported from Revit to ETABS: • Load Combination Name: The same name will be used for ETABS Load Combination Name. 19 . The following names are reserved and Load Combinations will not be added in ETABS if same name is used in Revit.

Equivalent ETABS sections will be automatically created and mapped. Joint restraints will be created in ETABS wherever a footing occurs in Revit. Equivalent ETABS sections will be automatically created and mapped. Equivalent ETABS sections will be automatically created and mapped.Exporting from Revit Structure to update an existing ETABS model The chart below specifies details about data that is transferred into ETABS when exporting from Revit to update and existing ETABS model. cardinal points. Walls will be automatically meshed at window and door openings. and end releases. All columns will be automatically broken at story levels. Geometry. updated in ETABS. offsets. transferred to ETABS. Will be automatically mapped to ETABS database sections. Geometry. and end releases. cardinal points. Action Creation of… Model Element Grids Materials Frames Supported Notes Equivalent ETABS materials will be automatically created in ETABS. offsets. Equivalent ETABS sections will be automatically created and mapped. Frame Sections Steel Sections Concrete Sections Walls Wall Properties Floors Slabs Properties Deck Properties Footings Point Loads Line Loads Area Loads Load Cases Load Combos Updating of… Grids Materials Frames X X All material parameters will be updated. All columns will be 20 .

Parameters for frames sections will be updated Wall geometry will be updated accordingly. Frame Sections Steel Sections Concrete Sections Walls Wall Properties Floors Slabs Properties Deck Properties Point Loads Line Loads Area Loads Load Cases Load Combos Deleting of… Grids Frames Walls Floors Point Loads Line Loads Area Loads Load Cases Load Combos X X X X X X X X X X X X Frame section assignments will be updated. Slab section parameters will be updated. IMPORTANT NOTE: Deletion of elements when updating a model will only work if you are sending the ENTIRE model. 21 . Point load values will be updated accordingly. deletion of items is not supported. Slab section parameters will be updated. If you use “selection only” update feature. Line load values will be updated accordingly Area load values will be updated accordingly Load Combos will be updated accordingly.automatically broken at story levels. Floor geometry will be updated accordingly. Wall section parameters will be updated.

Will be mapped to equivalent Revit Structure sections.Importing from ETABS to Create a new Revit Structure Model The chart below specifies details about data that is transferred from ETABS into Revit Structure to create a new Revit Structure model. Walls Wall Properties Floors Slabs Properties Deck Properties 22 . Equivalent Revit Structure deck sections will be automatically created and mapped. Will be loaded if not already loaded. Equivalent Revit Structure wall sections will be automatically created and mapped with corresponding material property. Action Creation of… Model Element Grids Materials Supported Notes Concrete and Steel materials are being imported from ETABS to Revit. end releases. All wall geometry. Equivalent Revit Structure sections will be automatically created and mapped. Footings Point Loads Joint restraints will be created in Revit Structure. offsets and cardinal points all created in Revit Structure. See NOTE 1 below. Frames Frame Sections Steel Sections Concrete Sections Geometry. and openings will be created in Revit Structure. Only deck width parameter will be created. All floors and openings in floors will be automatically created and mapped. The only limitation is Revit model should have one default concrete and one default steel material for duplication. Equivalent Revit Structure slab sections will be automatically created and mapped. otherwise material will be created in Revit but their parameters will not be updated.

it may help if you have the various Revit Structure sections already loaded before you import your ETABS model into Revit Structure.rfa Concrete-Square-Column.rfa 23 . If CSiXRevit cannot easily map the names. See corresponding table below for mapping of ETABS sections to Revit families.rfa Precast-L Shaped Beam.rfa Concrete-Round-Column. Columns ETABS Rectangular Square Circular Beams and Braces ETABS Rectangular L T Revit Family Concrete-Rectangular-Column. then you can set the mapping at the time of import. Note 1 – To facilitate in the mapping of concrete sections. If you would like CSiXRevit to be able to create equivalent Revit members of families you must load at least one member of the family for CSiXRevit prior to import.rfa Revit Family Concrete-Rectangular Beam.rfa Precast-Single Tee.Line Loads Area Loads Load Cases Load Combos Equivalent Revit Structure point line loads and trapezoidal line loads will be created.

Geometry. material definition will not have any parameters associated with it. Walls Wall Properties Floors Slabs Properties Deck Properties Footings Point Loads Line Loads Area Loads Load Cases Load Combos 24 . Will be mapped to equivalent Revit Structure sections. Equivalent Revit Structure point line loads and trapezoidal line loads will be created. Equivalent Revit Structure wall sections will be automatically created and mapped with corresponding material property. Equivalent Revit Structure slab sections will be automatically created and mapped. offsets and cardinal points all created in Revit Structure. and openings will be created in Revit Structure. Only deck width parameter will be created. See NOTE 1 at end of previous section.Importing from ETABS to Update an Existing Revit Structure Model The chart below specifies details about data that is transferred from ETABS into Revit Structure when updating an existing Revit Structure model. end releases. Equivalent Revit Structure sections will be automatically created and mapped. Action Creation of… Model Element Grids Materials Frames Frame Sections Steel Sections Concrete Sections Supported Notes Material is created. All wall geometry. However. All floors and openings in floors will be automatically created and mapped. Joint restraints will be created in Revit Structure. Equivalent Revit Structure deck sections will be automatically created and mapped. Will be loaded if not already loaded.

Changes in slab thickness will be updated. however section parameters themselves will not be updated. you are given the choice to bring the wall back as a single element or as the meshed elements in ETABS. Changes in floor geometry will only be updated if the floor was not meshed when brought into ETABS and a 1:1 ratio between Revit Structure floor and ETABS floor exists. Column and Brace section assignments will be updated. Beam. Changes in wall thickness will be updated. Changes in wall material will not be updated. Frame Sections Steel Sections Concrete Sections Walls Wall Properties Floors Slabs Properties Deck Properties 25 . Changes in slab material will not be updated. end releases. If frames were meshed in ETABS. Changes in deck thickness will be updated. If coordinate geometry is changed in ETABS. Column and Brace section assignments will be updated. Beam. you are given the choice to bring the floor back as a single element or as the meshed elements in ETABS. Changes in deck material will not be updated. you are given the choice to bring the frame back as a single element or as the meshed elements in ETABS. Changes in wall geometry will only be updated if the wall was not meshed when brought into ETABS and a 1:1 ratio between Revit Structure wall and ETABS wall exists. it will delete the geometry in Revit Structure and create a new frame with new geometry. If floors were meshed in ETABS. If you would like to bring changes in parameters back to Revit from ETABS create a new section with the desired parameters in ETABS and assign the new section to the frame. If walls were meshed in ETABS.Updating of… Grids Materials Frames Steel and Concrete materials are being updated Geometry. offsets and cardinal points all created in Revit Structure.

Point Loads Line Loads Area Loads Load Combos Updating of existing load combination equations is not supported. Deleting of… Grids Frames Walls Floors Point Loads Line Loads Area Loads Load Cases Load Combos IMPORTANT NOTE: Deletion of elements when updating a model will only work if you are sending the ENTIRE model. If you use “selection only” update feature. Workaround is to create new Combo and import. 26 . deletion of items is not supported.

Tools>External Tools>Export to Update Existing ETABS Model. from the Revit Structure menu select. from the Revit Structure menu select. and the objects in the model are counted. The current file name is listed. Tools>External Tools>Export to Create New ETABS Model. The following steps describe how to send your Revit Structure analytical model to ETABS: 1. If you would like to create a new ETABS model. The Send Model to CSI Software dialog box will look as follows: 27 . 2.Procedures Exporting from Revit Structure to Create/Update a New/Existing ETABS Model IMPORTANT NOTE: CSiXRevit only exports the analytical model of Revit Structure. All connectivity must be ensured in the Revit Structure analytical model before exporting to ETABS to ensure connectivity. If you would like to update an existing ETABS model. Click the Start button.

please make sure that the check box at the bottom of the dialog box is checked. you will get the Export Options dialog box shown below. . The file will be given the extension. 28 .EXR.If you are only interested in sending selected objects only. 3. From the box below. Once you click OK. click OK and your will be asked to create a file name. select the elements that you would like to send to ETABS. Once you have made your selections.

please open the ETABS model that you would like to update.4. and then select your . Now go open a session of ETABS.EXR file you would like to import.exr file. you should not have any other model open. 6. You will then see the screen below: 29 . If you would like to update an existing ETABS model. If you would like to create a new ETABS model from your Revit Structure model.EXR file. By default ETABS it will create a new model based on your . File>Import>Revit Structure . 5. From the menu select.

The length tolerance is the tolerance that will be used by ETABS to create connectivity when created the finite element model for analysis. Level data is not editable at this stage. The bottom section of the box is general controls that ETABS will use when importing the Revit Structure model. Sometimes certain values in Revit were not defined. 7. The Minimum Curve length and Angle are controls given to the user so they can control how a curve gets broken up into straight line segments. Below is a screen shot of all of the levels imported in this model: 30 . Any property that might have a default value or zero value will show up as a warning in the dialogue box. The units selected here will be used as the default units of the ETABS model. Level data can be edited once the model is brought into ETABS.The top section of this dialog box is where you can see and organize how all of your Revit Structure elements get mapped to ETABS elements. You can fix these problems by clicking the “Edit” button next to element. To see the various Levels that were brought in from Revit Structure click the Show button. The ETABS import gives you the opportunity to fix those problems parametrically before your ETABS model is created.

The Material Mapping dialogue will be shown: 31 . To see the Revit Structure material properties that were imported.8. please select the “Edit” button next to “Total Materials”.

If you would like to map the Revit Structure Material to something other than the ETABS material that has been created. The Material Mapping Details box below will then be shown: 32 . If you would like to create a new material property to map your Revit Structure material to. To see the mapping of material parameters select the Material property and click “Edit”. A combo box will appear with all of the existing ETABS materials currently in ETABS model. you can do so by clicking on the ETABS material name. An ETABS material will be created with the same name as the Revit Structure material name. there are only 2 Materials that were brought in.In this model. please click “Add”. The ETABS Add Material dialogue box will appear.

You can change any of the parameters in the Revit Structure material.On the left hand side you can see all of the properties of the Revit Structure material. and you will see the change reflected on the ETABS material property on the right hand side. On the right hand side you can see how they have been mapped to an ETABS material. 9. You can see the units in the Revit Database Units by clicking the check box at the bottom. To see the Revit Structure Frame Sections that were imported. please select the “Edit” button next to “Total Frame Sections”. The Frame Section Mapping box will be shown: 33 .

I it cannot find it there. It will map it to the first section name that matches. If you click on any row on that column. If you would like specify which ETABS database it searches you can do so by clicking the “. The only column that is editable is the ETABS Section column. It will do so by first searching through the loaded ETABS database sections. The fourth column is the ETABS section that the Revit Structure Section was mapped to.The first three columns show the Revit Structure section name. The . the Revit Structure Section Family Name. you will see that a combo box will drop down that includes all of the section properties that are currently loaded in the current ETABS model. you can do so by clicking the “Add” button the right hand side.Pro Files” button on the right hand side. and the Revit Structure Material. and the final column tells you how the section was mapped or created. it will then search all of the ETABS database . If there is a section that you do not see there that you would like to add to list.Pro files. When ETABS imports the Revit Structure data.Pro Files dialogue box will be shown: 34 . it first tries to match the Revit Structure section name to an ETABS Section name.

Pro File button”. Similar to the Material Mapping.All of the . you can do so by clicking the “Import Mapping File” button. For most steel sections ETABS will be able to find a match. if you would like to import a mapping file that you have created in the past. To see how Revit Sections properties are mapped. If ETABS cannot create a section mapping by name. you can do so by clicking on the “Add .Pro file. If would like to change the order in which ETABS searches the .Pro files. If you would like to save the mapping that you have created. But for most concrete sections will create the sections parametrically. You can add or remove a profile from the ETABS search by checking or unchecking its checkbox in the list. it will then try to create the section parametrically. Likewise. 35 . you can edit details about the Frame section details mapping by selecting the row. you can export the mapping file by clicking the “Export Mapping File” button. you can do so by moving the . and clicking the “Edit” button.Pro files from the ETABS installation directory will be selected by default. If you would like to add a new . please see the section under “Supported Workflows” called “Exporting from Revit Structure to create a new ETABS model”.Pro Files up and down in the list.

The Floor Section Mapping box will be shown: Similar to other section mapping. you can select the ETABS floor section that the Revit Structure Floor gets mapped to. the new ETABS floor section will appear in the drop down box. After adding the deck or slab. To see the Revit Structure Floor Sections that were imported. To see the Floor Section Mapping details.10. click on the row that you are interested in and then click the Edit button. please select the “Edit” button next to “Total Floor Sections”. If you would like to create a new deck or slab section you can do so by using the buttons on the right hand side. By default an equivalent ETABS floor section will be created and mapped. You will then see the Floor Section Mapping Details box below: 36 .

To see the Revit Structure Floor Sections that were imported. you can edit them on the left hand side and see how the data is mapped. The Floor Section Mapping box will be shown: 37 .If you would like to change any of the data in the fields. Revit Structure decks and slabs can have many layers. If any field has a zero value. ETABS does it best at mapping the parameters. If you need to make changes to the mapping. 11. you can do so here. we highlight it in red to make sure you check it. please select the “Edit” button next to “Total Floor Sections”.

By default an equivalent ETABS wall section will be created and mapped. you can select the ETABS wall section that the Revit Structure Wall gets mapped to. If you would like to create a wall section you can do so by using the buttons on the right hand side. To see the Wall Section Mapping details. You will then see the Wall Section Mapping Details box below: 38 . After adding the wall. the new ETABS floor section will appear in the drop down box. click on the row that you are interested in and then click the Edit button.Similar to other section mapping.

12. you can do so here. from the Revit Data Overview/Controls box. If any field has a zero value. ETABS does it best at mapping the parameters. If you need to make changes to the mapping. Once you are satisfied with the way you have set up the mapping parameters.If you would like to change any of the data in the fields. you can edit them on the left hand side and see how the data is mapped. we highlight it in red to make sure you check it. select the OK button and your ETABS model will be created. Revit Structure walls can have many layers. 39 .

Now go open up a session of Revit Structure.EXR file into Revit Structure please be sure that you have a Shared Parameter file defined in Revit Structure. 4. To create a shared parameter file in Revit Structure 2009/2010/2011. 2.EXR File… within ETABS to display the Export File For Revit dialog box shown below. 3. It isn’t necessarily required. but the import will come in much 40 . analyzed and designed your structure in ETABS. Please select either to create a new or update an existing model. please first open a Revit Structure template that you would like to import your ETABS model into. please check the box accordingly below. If you have selected parts of the model. go to File>Shared Parameters. CSiXRevit uses the Shared Parameter file as a place to store pertinent data. and only would like to send those selections.Importing from ETABS to Create/Update a New/Existing Revit Structure Model IMPORTANT NOTE: Before importing any . Select the File > Export > Revit . save the ETABS file by selecting the File > Save…. The following steps describe how to export your ETABS analytical model to create or update a Revit Structure model: 1. Once you have edited. You just need to create a blank shared parameter file so CSiXRevit has a place to write data to. If you would like to create a new Revit Structure model from your ETABS model.

If you have new sections that you defined in ETABS the import will come in much cleaner if you load all of the beam. deck. If you would like to update an existing Revit Structure model. brace. Tools>External Tools>Import to Create New Revit Structure Model from ETABS. 41 . Whether you are created a new Revit Structure model or updating an existing Revit Structure mode. Tools>External Tools>Import to Update Existing Revit Structure Model from ETABS. column. Select the . slab and wall families that you would like ETABS sections to map its sections to prior to importing. From the menu select. You will see the Frame Section Mapping dialog box. 5.EXR file. Select the . From the Revit Structure menu select. please first open your Revit Structure model that you would like to update.cleaner if you load all of the beam. column.EXR file that you would like to import. Under “Mapping Options”. deck. CSiXRevit will then try to load families that are not already loaded. brace. the following screen will be displayed: On left hand side. if you click the “Frame Sections” button.EXR file that you would like to import. after you have selected your . you can control exactly what ETABS elements you would like to import into your Revit Structure model. slab and wall families that you would like ETABS sections to map its sections to prior to importing.

This dialog box gives you the opportunity to make any changes to the mapping of ETABS sections to Revit Structure sections. Similarly if you click the “Floor Sections” button. All of the Revit Structure column beam and brace families that are currently loaded will show up in drop down boxes. you will see the “Floor Section Mapping” dialogue box below: 42 .

if you click the “Wall Sections” button.This dialog box gives you the opportunity to make any changes to the mapping of ETABS floor sections to Revit Structure sections. Similarly. you will see the “Wall Section Mapping” dialogue box below: 43 . All of the Revit Structure floor families that are currently loaded will show up in drop down boxes.

All of the Revit Structure wall families that are currently loaded will show up in drop down boxes. For this situation the user has two options: 1. when it is imported into ETABS. and have CSiXRevit create new instances which were meshed in ETABS. that column will be broken at every floor level. In the case of option #2.This dialog box gives you the opportunity to make any changes to the mapping of ETABS wall sections to Revit Structure sections. it might have different sections assigned to each segment of the column. When updating a Revit Structure model from an ETABS model. For example. the user has the option to 1) delete the original and have CSiXRevit create column with the varying sections or to 2) select one of the frame sections 44 . 2. if we have a column in Revit Structure that runs from the ground floor to the top floor as one single element. To delete the existing Revit Structure Elements. To keep the existing elements as they were and use object mapping to guide the import. When it is designed. there will be instances in which the 1:1 mapping of Revit Structure elements to ETABS elements will be lost because elements in ETABS were meshed. When this column (that is now meshed in ETABS) is being imported back into Revit Structure. there can be situations in which the user has to make some decisions.

the user has the option to choose which section they would like to assign to the entire length of the column. Once you have set up all of your mapping. braces. it was meshed into 5 pieces. 45 . The “Object Mapping” dialog box below will then appear: In the Revit Structure model.for the entire length of that column. They can do this by selecting deselecting the corresponding checkbox on the right hand side of the dialog box and then clicking the “Objects” button under Mapping Options. Column ID (186711) spans 5 floors. floors and walls. but in ETABS. select the “OK” button and your ETABS model will be imported. The same methodologies can be applied to meshed beams. When coming back into Revit Structure.

The first few lines of the . which should be identical to ensure that no misinterpretation of data occurs. 46 . This file will list any errors or omissions encountered when generating the EXR file.Reviewing the Log File (.log file also lists the build numbers for CSiXRevit and Revit Structure.log) Every time a model is sent from Revit Structure to ETABS or from ETABS to Revit Structure.log file will have the following format (the actual data may be different): CSiXRevit Revit API Build = 20100326_1700 Current Revit Version = 2011 Current Revit Build = 20100326_1700 It is the “Build =” numbers that should be the same – having the same Version numbers but different Build numbers does not guarantee data consistency. should be checked each time an exchange of data is performed. and therefore. a file with the extension . The .log is created.

ETABSIO and Revit. will be imported.Parameter. This is because sometimes the end releases in Revit Structure are marked as Read-only. Warning (1) . 6.log file. Sometimes updates to end release conditions in ETABS are not updated in Revit. 4. If Revit is not run as administrator then there is a possibility that CSiXRevit will not able to open . Also openings which are not inside any wall or floor cannot be imported into Revit. While importing ETABS model as new Revit model. In this case. 2..Revit. that change will not be brought back into Revit Structure.modImportAndExport. only those openings which lie completely within a wall or floor. Source = RevitAPI Message = Operation is not valid due to the current state of the object.exe).Unable to set the releases for the member. 5. 47 .UpdateOneFrameEndReleases(rvtLines OneLine. Directly sending data to ETABS may not work if Revit is not run as administrator. Stack trace = at Autodesk. Windows Vista: Users must run as administrator (ETABS. Revit Structure floors which are grouped together may be treated as openings while importing model into ETABS. Sometimes updates to cardinal points in ETABS are not updated in Revit because the z-justification and offset parameters are Read-only. If the user updates the material property of a wall. FamilyInstance& Element) 3. deck or slab property in ETABS and then bring it back to Revit. deck or slab in ETABS. CSiXRevit will not able to write any warning in the log file and all warning messages will be displayed on the screen time to time. It is recommended to break the openings if it is not completely inside the wall or floor before importing.Set(Int32 value) at CSiXRevit.Known Limitations 1. Workaround is to create a new wall.

PRO files are present in ETABS folder. 8. 48 .7. Import of European and Chinese steel sections from Revit to ETABS are possible if their corresponding . ETABS will not support double byte characters in definition of frame and shell sections. It is recommended to avoid double byte characters for Revit Structure Families for entities attached with analytical model.