The journey of any project in Advance Design begins with the modeling step, where you lay the groundwork by defining the descriptive model. This foundational step involves:


  1. Input and configure the structure elements like beams, slabs, and walls by setting their geometry, materials, and orientation.

The structure modeling is done entirely using various CAD tools via the graphic area where the 2D or the 3D representation of the model is displayed. Several features are available to make the modeling process easier (i.e., snap modes, various display settings, level options, CAD commands such as copy, move, rotate, etc.). The elements position is determined relative to workplane points (entered in the command line) or existing entities (using snap).

Elements designed this way represent real members: beams, slabs, walls, etc. Properties such as cross section types for linear elements, thickness values for planar elements, etc. must be defined. The element attributes can be viewed / modified using the properties window, that appears when objects are created / selected. To facilitate input, Advance Design provides several libraries, from which users can select certain parameters (e.g., material, cross section, etc.).


  1. Input and configure the loads. The structure elements can be grouped in one or several systems for organizing your model and for using levelsDefine the characteristics of loads, such as type, family, and intensity. The loads acting on the structure are generated using CAD commands or various automatic tools described in the rest of the documentation.


The loads (i.e., point, linear, planar loads or imposed displacement) are grouped into load cases that correspond to different families.


Verify the descriptive model integrity at any time during the modeling step using the Analyze > Verify command from the Main Menu.


Navigate and manage the components of your descriptive model using the Project Browser, offering a clear overview of your project's structure. Also, refer to the page Project Browser components in Model mode for more detailed information.




Modeling Principles

The modeling of a structure generates elements and modifies their attributes (e.g., shape, position, etc.). Use a suite of CAD tools within the graphic area to sculpt your model, offering a dynamic 2D or 3D representation that responds to your every command:


Modeling step in Advance Design

Modeling using CAD tools



Control the modeling process:


The modeling commands are available only during the modeling step. Once the analysis model is created, these commands are no longer available. To perform modifications to your model you must return to the modeling step (click the Model icon in the Project Browser).



Pro Tips for Efficient Modeling:

Combined CAD functions model your structure in the fastest and easiest way. For most of the CAD functions, you can use either the graphical modeling or the command line input, or both. For guidance, check the command line messages while you use a modeling function.

For example, you can graphically input an element and continue using the command line:

  1. Access the linear element drawing tool.

  2. Click in the drawing area to define the first extremity.

  3. Enter the coordinates for the second extremity on the command line.


By mastering these modeling steps in Advance Design, you establish a solid foundation for the subsequent phases of your project, ensuring a well-structured design process.



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