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  • Alyssa Roberson

What's New in EDGE^R Version 6.0.0


— Support for Revit 2020 —

EDGE is now supported for Autodesk Revit 2018-2020.


— Auto Warping —

For parking garages and other structures it is often necessary to warp members to allow for drainage. Modeling this can be cumbersome. With the addition of the EDGE^R Auto Warping tool, users can now easily warp structural framing members and their corresponding connections based on changes in elevation that have been defined by the user. Auto Warping accomplishes this by taking a grouping of spot elevation families that a user has placed on a given work plane and creating a loop by which the elements within that loop will be warped. The endpoints of each warpable structural framing element within the loop are then determined and the warp is calculated and applied to each element. To facilitate the relocation of embeds that will need to connect to warped structural framing elements in the field, Auto Warping will write to an offset parameter on these elements which will in turn offset the relevant elements within the model by the specified amount. For some materials, the original element should not be offset but instead a "copy" of that material should exist to represent its location in the field during erection. This is accomplished by the creation of direct shapes. Auto Warping creates direct shapes for all embeds, loose materials, erection materials, and the like that have been specified by the user. Each direct shape is representative of where that element would be positioned in the warped state but are not included in any material counts. Let's take a spandrel to double tee connection for example. The spandrel plate would need to have an offset value written to it so that the original plate would be moved to the correct location within the spandrel to mate up to the warped double tee during erection. However, the double tee is cast in the flat state and is warped during erection, so the original double tee plate should remain in the flat state and should not have an offset value applied to it; instead a direct shape would be created to represent it's location in the warped state. Auto Warping gives users the ability to represent their entire model in both the warped state and flat state. Using visibility toggles, the user to easily view their model in either the flat state or warped state including all connections in their appropriate locations for said state.

Left image shows flat state after running Auto Warping and the right shows the warped state



EDGE^CAM is a tool that allows users to extract information directly from their Revit model for use in production automation machines. EDGE^CAM exports Revit assemblies to an external file that is formatted to be compatible with much of the machinery used to automate production in the precast concrete industry. The exported file will contain all relevant information about the assembly such as the overall shape of the structural framing element, it's material, weight, volume, rebar placement, plate placement, and much more. EDGE^CAM currently supports export to Progress Group's PXML v1.3 file format and Unitechnik's UXML versions 5.2c, 6.0, and 7.0 file formats. These export files can then be used in applications such as the following:

• Laser Projection

- Project elements cast on the bed

- Project elements on the top-as-cast face

• Water Soluble Bed Plotting

- Plot elements that are down-as-cast

- Eliminate the need for intensive detailing

• Automated Rebar Bending and Cutting

- Eliminate manual bending of rebar

- Extract rebar bend information directly from the model (loadable rebar families are supported)

• Concrete Distribution

- Automate the pouring of concrete

- Estimate batch volumes perfectly

• Shuttering Robot

- Automate the placement of formwork

EDGE^CAM PXML Export Displayed in Progress Group's Viewer, AviCAD

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