Model Mode

 

In Advance Design's Model mode, you can fully engage in structure modeling using an array of CAD tools directly within the graphic area. This versatile environment allows for both 2D and 3D visualization of your model, enabling real-time observation and adjustments as your design evolves.

The various zoom and view commands provide fast and easy manipulation of the graphical elements. These tools, including rotating around the model and accessing predefined views, simplify the interaction with your design elements. 

 

 

How to use the Model tab of the Project Browser

In the following sections, we'll guide you through a basic workflow to create structure elements, define their properties, copy elements, generate loads, and set up modal analysis using a simple model in Advance Design.

 

Creating structure elements

  1. Home tab, Linear & Planar panel, select Linear element.

  2. In the graphic area (XZ plane): click to define a column at 0 0 coordinates for the first extremity and 0 7 for the second one.

Creating structure elements in Advance Design

Creating structure elements

 

  1. With the linear element drawing tool still active, type on the command line the coordinates for the second column: 12 0 for the first extremity and 12 7 for the second one. Input a space between coordinates and press Enter after each extremity definition.

Creating linear elements in Advance Design    Creating linear elements in Advance Design

Creating structure elements

 

  1. Draw the upper beam between the two columns, using the "Extremity" snap mode:

Beam between two columns

Creating structure elements

 

  1. Draw a 3 meters high column placed at 6 0 XZ coordinates.

Creating linear elements in Advance Design

Creating structure elements

 

  1. Create a storey beam: with the linear element drawing tool still active, press <Alt + S> to access the snap modes dialog box; select the perpendicular snap and draw the beam as shown below.

Creating linear elements in Advance Design

Creating structure elements

 

  1. On the Home tab, Supports panel, select Rigid Point; in the drawing area, click the bottom extremity of each column, to create supports.

Creating supports in Advance Design

Creating structure elements

 

 

Defining the element properties

  1. Select the two columns and the beam of the main portal frame to select them and make the following settings in the properties window:

Defining element properties

Element properties

 

 

  1. For the storey, make the following settings in the properties window:

Defining the element properties

Defining element properties

 

 

Defining the element properties

Defining element properties

 

 

The structure elements that are created (also geometric elements, help entities, etc.) are stored in the Project browser, in the Model mode. They can be grouped into systems of elements to help easily perform different operations using the system's context menu.

To create a system of elements for our model, follow the instructions below:

  1. In the Project browser, right click Structure and select Systems management / Create a subsystem from the context menu.

  2. Type the system name: Portal frame.

  3. Select the Portal frame system, and using the steps described above, create the following subsystems: Columns, Beams, Supports, and Load Areas.

  4. Create a Storey system under Structure with the Columns, Beams, Slabs and Supports subsystems.

  5. In the Project browser, select the two columns of the portal frame and drag-and-drop them to the Portal frame > Columns system.

Using the same method, place all the elements of the model in the corresponding systems.

Creating systems of elements in Advance Design

Creating systems of elements

 

 

Copying elements

First, define a 3D view of the workplane: on the Home tab, Views panel, click (or press <Alt + 6>).

  1. Press <Ctrl + A> to select all the elements of the model.

  2. Right click the drawing area and select Copy (or press <Insert>).

  3. In the "Multiple copy" dialog box, define the copy parameters:

Copy by translation

Copying element by Translation

 

  1. Click Preview to display the result.

  1. Click Copy to apply.

Copy by translation

Copy by Translation

 

 

Generating loads

Loads are generated and organized using the project browser. Loads are grouped in the project browser under "Loading" in load cases (i.e., self weight, static, seismic, etc.) and case families (permanent loads, live loads, snow, wind, temperatures, etc.). Each case family may contain several load cases, and each load case may contain several loads.

How to generate snow loads

First, create two beams and a load area on the portal frame:

Generating loads

Generating loads

 

 

Load areas in Advance Design

Loads distribution

 

  1. In the Project browser: right click Loading and generate a snow family using the same steps described above. A snow family and a snow load case are created in the project browser.

  1. In the snow family properties window:

  1. To automatically generate the snow loads on the load area, select Generate > Load > Climatic loads from the menu.

 

 

Defining analyses

During the modeling step, Advance Design provides commands for defining several types of analyses (i.e., modal, buckling, static nonlinear) and also for the concrete and steel design settings.

Access the Settings menu to select the desired analysis. For each type of analysis, a default analysis case is also automatically created.

The analyses cases parameters are defined in the properties window.

 

 

Model verification

At any time during the modeling step, the model's coherence and integrity can be verified with the verification function.

Access the Analyze > Verify command or click the corresponding icon Verify command(Verify) on the Home tab. If there are errors or warnings, they are displayed on the command line.

 

 

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