Why have we chosen Robot Structural Analysis?

Published in: CIO magazine, 2010
Author: Georgi Minkov for Cad Point Ltd.

There are several popular programs for static and dynamic analysis of building constructions. They have much in common but they also have some differences which are significant when choosing the most appropriate of the programs. What are the criteria for choosing a program for static and dynamic analysis of building constructions and why have we after a thorough study of the popular programs chosen Robot Structural Analysis?

First Criterion: Fast and Еasy implementation of the input information
Robot Structural Analysis has all convenient commands for insertion and edition of models such аs selection of a type of constructions out of ready-made libraries, integration of different models, like the commands: Copy, Trim, Extend, Complex Edit, Mirror, Divide, Scale, and such as Extrude, Revolve, Extrude Along Polyline, Object Combination, Fillet 3D, Chamfer, Face skinning, Bending and many others.

Second Criterion: Automatic generation of the final elements network
In some of the programs a special attention to the final elements network has to be paid. This sometimes has to be made by hand. Robot Structural Analysis generates the final elements network automatically and the customer has the opportunity to choose different algorithms and thickness of the network and to modify the network as well.

Third Criterion: Orientation of the program has to be towards the needs of the designer, not towards a research scholar who writes a dissertation on “the way something affects something else”
In the process of designing the static and dynamic analysis of the construction is followed by a determination of the dimensions of the different elements, by construction of the reinforcement and by drawing of these elements. There are programs that reach the stage of the analysis, others the determination of the dimensions of the elements and programs that process elements of construction. With Robot Structural Analysis we come to the drawing of the element. The program has even а built-in editor of the drawings and modules for dimensioning and constructing the reinforcement and making drawings of the following elements: reinforced concrete girders, columns, single foundations, walls of girders, washers and gussets.

Fourth Criterion: Automatic designing of joints?
Robot Structural Analysis has modules for designing joints of steel, reinforced concrete and wooden structures. This program also has a built-in data base for steel and wooden structures The base contains types of joints constructed and designed precisely for the forces displayed by the analysis. A calculative note, describing in detail the designing check-ups accompanies the designing of joints.

Fifth Criterion: Additional Modules
The Expert program is additional to Robot Structural Analysis. It contains modules of solution of concrete problems such as: calculating retaining walls; designing reinforced concrete sections; designing compound sections, pilot fundaments, etc. 

Sixth Criterion: The apex of the pyramid called BIM 
Robot Structural Analysis is a program of building constructions as well as of static and dynamic analysis. It is part of a system of programs by means of which BIM of the building is made (by architects and engineers). 

This program used to be one of the programs for constructions’ analysis. Due to connection between Robot Structural Analysis, Revit Structure and Autocad Structural Detailing it was turned into the Program for static and dynamic analysis of building structures. 
The integration of the three programs resulted in a complete system for construction designing. The fusion between Architecture on one side and Heating and Ventilation, Water Services and Sewerage, and Electricity on the other, created the first accomplished system of programs for making BIM of both building and equipments.
These are some of the reasons why we turned our backs on knowledge compiled longer than a decade and turned to studying and applying Robot Structural Analysis. 

We believe that future belongs to those who are ready to quickly adapt themselves to new technologies.