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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Robot Extensions for Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 2010 (read even if you don't own this software)

For subscription customers only. In case it wasn't totally clear with the other Subscription Advantage Packs, they're only available for download based on your current Autodesk software on subscription. If you have Revit Architecture, you can't access the files below or any of the other Revit products' packs.

On a related side note, today I had to talk to the owner of an engineering firm with the following.
They own 10 licenses of software, 7 standalone and 3 network licenses. They were on subscription, but didn't renew in January due to reduced business. They just upgraded 4 computers and donated the old ones to charity.

Here's where it gets messy. They have a client who requires the output to be in 2005 dwg format. Thus, they have 2005 software on their computers. When they tried to install the software on the new computers, they couldn't get an activation code. When you are currently on subscription, you can get a prior use exception from Autodesk. If you don't renew subscription, you can only use the software version you owned at the time subscription lapses. For them, in January, it's the 2009 version. They now have to retroactively renew subscription and request new prior use exceptions from Autodesk to run 2005 on their computers. Because the client is a government entity, everything the did was based on 2005 and plt files, layers, etc. For them to now have to install and use 2009 would create a major problem for them in regards to file compatibility.

What's worse, the owner didn't realize that they were out of license compliance the day their subscription wasn't renewed. Even if they hadn't gotten rid of the old computers, any disgruntled, or gruntled employee could have turned them in for the piracy bounty. If you are running older versions of your software, aren't currently on subscription or are running several versions of a product on a machine, you may want to address the issues as Autodesk is running audits and when you install your software, Autodesk knows what you have and have not installed based on your computer's DNA.

Yeah, I know this is a sucky conversation to have with you, but it's important to be aware of these issues. Remember, if you subscription has lapsed, you have 364 days to do a late subscription renewal. There is a $100 late fee, but it's better than the 3/16/10 option of the 50% off retail upgrade fee. Revit would be $3725 including subscription. Also, check who is listed as your subscription manager, their email address and physical address. Was the subscription manager laid off? Did you move to a new office location? In my case today, their CAD Manager left and they didn't know to change the information. Hopefully my lengthy writing will help at least one person.

Now...the post....

If you're not on subscription, you can't access the files.

Release Date: 2009-10-26

Robot™ Extensions unite the power of Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2010 software and Autodesk® Robot™ Structural Analysis 2010 software. Structural engineers can now perform analysis and design calculations of composite steel beams to help meet US design codes and load takedown simulations to help calculate the flow of forces through a structure resulting from applied loads all within a Revit Structure 2010 design model.

Are you a Revit Structure 2010* user interested in conducting simulation and analysis earlier on the design process? Download a 30-day trial of Robot Structural Analysis Professional software and try Robot Extensions.

Content is currently available in English only.

*Robot Extensions will only run when a valid copy of Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis, Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis Professional, or a trial version is present on the same machine.

Read This First

Feature Summary - English (pdf - 190Kb)


English (exe - 121001Kb)

This document presents an overview of the most interesting new features in the software. A full description of all the features is available in the Help.
Important information:
 In order to run this software, you must first install Autodesk® Robot Structural Analysis 2010 software, or Autodesk® Robot Structural Analysis Professional 2010 software.

Load Takedown

Slab Directions Respect
If the slab direction is defined in the Revit model, it will affect the load distribution of the supporting elements in accordance with the one-way slab behavior. Non-perpendicular edges may bear some amount of the loads from the slab according to the predefined factor.
The spanning direction and the tributary areas are shown on the structure view. Two-way slabs are assumed as default if no information indicating otherwise is presented in the model.

Analytical Model Tolerance
Load takedown analysis is based on the Revit analytical model. In the case of inconsistency within the analytical model, it is necessary to find supporting elements not only on the basis of the common nodes but some adequate neighborhood as well.
The load takedown analysis is now performed using the value of tolerance for support distance defined in the Revit Analytical Model Settings dialog box.

Robot Extensions for Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis 2010


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