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How are large Advance Steel models handled?

  • Software:

    Autodesk Advance Steel
  • Module

    Modeling
  • Question:

    How are large Advance Steel models handled?
  • Type:

    General
  • Difficulty:

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Answer

During the modeling of a large structure, the user can experience speed difficulties depending on the complexity of the structure. The work speed can be improved by using a series of commands, hardware configurations and a more coherent workflow.

In addition to the points presented in the FAQ How can the speed in modeling and detailing be improved? you can also use the following tips:

- Run the purge and audit commands frequently to avoid or fix eventual modeling issues as soon as possible.
- Reduce the size of ACIS Solids within the model (if the model has complex Inventor parts then turn them into basic Shell (Shrink Wrap)).
- Split the model into phases and only display the required phase by using the grouping tools available in the Project Explorer.

The Project Explorer is accessible from the AS Modeling ribbon:

How are large Advance Steel models handled


Right click on the "Groups" button on the "Structure" tab and select "Create New Group".

How are large Advance Steel models handled


After the group appears in the list, right click on it and select "Add elements" and start adding elements from the model to the group.

How are large Advance Steel models handled


We can control the group visibility by clicking on the light bulb icon.

How are large Advance Steel models handled


- Apply lot/phase marks to the model objects and then display only the necessary phase.
- Apply the lot/phase mark on the "Naming" tab in the object Advance Properties dialog box.

How are large Advance Steel models handled


- Search and mark a certain lot/phase with the "Search filter" command.

How are large Advance Steel models handled


- After the objects are marked, use "Show only selected objects/assemblies" to hide the rest of the model and keep only the selected lot/phase visible.

How are large Advance Steel models handled


- Create and use model views to isolate certain areas of the model: along the grid lines, particular joint views etc. You can create model views by using the "Create new model view options" from the Project Explorer.

How are large Advance Steel models handled


- Consider multi user an option even when working individually, and choose to check out only the required part from the full model.
- Split the complete structure into smaller models, and then merge them at the end by copying them from the temporary dwg to the final model.