Settings#

Configurations#

Here, you can manage the configuration templates for your project. Templates allow you to save different configurations for specific tasks. It is not possible to adjust the SOFiSTiK Standard configuration, but changes can be saved in a user-defined configuration.

GUI Settings - Template Manager

GUI Settings - Template Manager#

GUI Settings - Configuration Parameter Sets

GUI Settings - Configuration Parameter Sets#

Note

Configuration sets are saved to the project. To transfer specific configuration sets, e.g., office standards, to other projects, use the Export and Import functionalities.

Physical Elements Filters#

The following parameters are used during Prepare. They define thresholds for enabling or disabling the elements:

Name

Description

Unit 1

Beams

Minimum Length

The minimum length of beams to be considered relevant. All beams shorter than this value are disabled during Prepare but can be re-enabled manually.

Length

Minimum Width

The minimum width of beams to be considered relevant. All beams thinner than this value are disabled during Prepare but can be re-enabled manually.

Length

Columns

Minimum Height

The minimum height of columns to be considered relevant. All columns shorter than this value are disabled during Prepare but can be re-enabled manually.

Length

Minimum Section Dimension

The minimum width or height of columns to be considered relevant. All columns smaller than this value are disabled during Prepare but can be re-enabled manually.

Length

Walls

Minimum Length

The minimum length of walls to be considered relevant. All walls shorter than this value are disabled during Prepare but can be re-enabled manually.

Length

Minimum Thickness

The minimum thickness of walls to be considered relevant. All walls thinner than this value are disabled during Prepare but can be re-enabled manually.

Length

1

Units according to Revit settings, to check or change go to Manage > Settings > Project Units where you can also add a unit symbol for easier readability.

Analytical Elements Alignment#

The following parameters are used during Generate. They allow to tweak the optimization of the geometry of the analytical model:

Name

Description

Unit 1

General

Maximum Eccentricity of Staggered Columns

Percentage

Element Priority 2

Columns

Position of column axis from center in either direction.

Percentage

Beam Longitudinal

Position of beam ends in axial direction.

Percentage

Beam Perpendicular

Position of beam plane perpendicular to beam axis.

Percentage

Walls Longitudinal

Position of wall ends in axial direction.

Percentage

Walls Perpendicular

Position of wall plane.

Percentage

Floor Edges

Position of floor edges.

Percentage

Adjustment Limits

Columns

Maximum allowed offset of column axis from center in either direction, relative to minimum column section dimension.

Percentage

Beam Longitudinal

Maximum allowed offset of beam ends in axial direction, relative to beam length.

Percentage

Beam Perpendicular

Maximum allowed offset perpendicular to beam axis, relative to beam width.

Percentage

Walls Longitudinal

Maximum allowed offset of wall ends in axial direction, relative to wall length.

Percentage

Walls Perpendicular

Maximum allowed offset perpendicular to wall plane, relative to wall thickness.

Percentage

Floor Edges

Maximum allowed offset of floor edges.

Length

1

Units according to Revit settings, to check or change go to Manage > Settings > Project Units where you can also add a unit symbol for easier readability.

2

Values from 0.1% to 100%. See Element Priority to learn more.

Element Priority#

The software minimizes the deviation of the analytical elements from their “optimal” position. The higher the priority, the lower the deviation.

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Examples:

A higher priority for Columns keeps the location of the analytical member in the center of the physical column.

The figure below compares the location of the analytical members within their physical counterparts for two different configurations:

  • High priority for beams, low priority for columns (left)

  • Low priotiry for beams, high priority for columns (right)

Example of Element Priority Combinations for Beam Perpendicular and Columns

Example of Element Priority Combinations for Beam Perpendicular and Columns#

Note

Normalization of Values

SOFiSTiK Analytical Model Generator normalizes all values, not individual value pairs.

Parameter

UI value [%]

Normalized value [-]

Columns

100

100/200 = 0.50

Beam Perpendicular

50

50/200 = 0.25

Beam Longitudinal

20

20/200 = 0.10

Wall Perpendicular

10

10/200 = 0.05

Wall Longitudinal

10

0.05

Floor Edges

10

0.05

Sum:

200

1.00

Important

Offset boundaries prevail over element priorities.

Analytical Elements Geometry#

The following parameters are used during Generate. They allow to tweak the optimization of the geometry of the analytical model:

Name

Description

Unit 1

Panels Geometry

Remove openings smaller than

Minimum area for which an analytical opening will be created.

Area

Local coordinate system of Walls

Influence the orientation of the local coordinate system for analytical panels for Model Category: Wall 3

None

Columns Geometry

Wide Columns - Minimum Section Ratio

Minimum section ratio of a column to be treated as a Wide Column 2.

None

Create Analytical Panels for Columns

Column should be represented by an analytical panel instead of an analytical member.

Boolean

    Minimum Section Ratio

Minimum section ratio to represent a Wide Column 2 as an analytical panel instead of an analytical member.

None

1

Units according to Revit settings, to check or change go to Manage > Settings > Project Units where you can also add a unit symbol for easier readability.

2

See Wide Columns to learn more.

3

See Local coordinate system of walls to learn more.

Wide Columns#

Depending on the section ratio of the physical column and the respective settings, different analytical model representation applies. The figure below shows the two mechanisms at play.

  • Mechanism 1: Wide Columns in General (blue):
    Decides whether or not a physical column is treated as a wide column based on its section ratio compared to the Wide Columns - Minimum Section Ratio parameter (1) in the settings.
  • Mechanism 2: Create Analytical Panels for Columns (green)
    Decides wether a physical column is represented by an analytical member or an anlytical panel based on the Create Analytical Panels for Columns parameter (2a) and the Create Analytical Panels for Columns - Minimum Section Ratio (2b) in the settings.
Mechanisms of treatment for wide columns

Mechanisms of treatment for wide columns#

Examples of Wide Columns:

Examples of Column Treatment based on their section ratio and settings

Examples of column treatment based on section ratio compared and settings#

  • Top left:
    Actual column section ratio smaller than Wide Columns - Minimum Section Ratio parameter (1), column is not considered a wide column. Therefore analytical members of beams and column are brought together (if possible).
  • Top right:
    Actual column section ratio larger than Wide Columns - Minimum Section Ratio parameter (1), column is considered a wide column. Therefore analytical members of beams and column are not brought together but connected with a rigid link.
  • Bottom left:
    Actual column section ratio larger than Wide Columns - Minimum Section Ratio parameter (1), column is considered a wide column. Because Create Analytical Panels for Columns - Minimum Section Ratio (2b) is set to No, the column is represented as an analytical member.
  • Bottom right:
    Actual column section ratio larger than Wide Columns - Minimum Section Ratio parameter (1), column is considered a wide column. Because Create Analytical Panels for Columns - Minimum Section Ratio (2b) is set to Yes, the column is represented as an analytical panel.

Important

Offset boundaries prevail over this setting. If the offset limits do not allow the analytical members for the beam and column to align, a rigid link is created notwithstanding this parameter.

Checks#

The following values are used during Check. They allow to decide which checks should be carried out and for which values to report issues:

Name

Description

Unit 1

Coordination Checks

Perform checks for

Scope of Coordination Checks to perform. Associtation check is the base criteria and therefore always enabled.

Enum

Analytical Quality Checks

Connection Tolerance

If the distance between two elements is smaller than this value, they are treated as connected and no issue is reported. 2

Length

Edge Proximity Tolerance

If the distance between to element edges is greater than this value, they are far enough apart and no issue is reported. 2

Length

1

Units according to Revit settings, to check or change go to Manage > Settings > Project Units where you can also add a unit symbol for easier readability.

2

To learn more, see Connectivity.

Connectivity#

Determination of the proper connectivity of adjacent analytical elements for a clean analytical model is handled through a parameter set. Ideally, the distance between two analytical elements, e.g., their nodes or edges, lies outside of their range. The figure below shows a typical situation of this check.

0 < \Delta < CT:

No issue is reported.

CT \le \Delta \le EPT:

Possible issue is reported.

EPT < \Delta:

No issue is reported.

with:

\Delta

Distance of analytical elements, e.g., between nodes or edges.

CT

Connection Tolerance.

Note

Ideally align this value with the intersection tolerance of your mesher for good results.

EPT

Edge Proximity Tolerance

Note

Ideally align this value with the element size of your mesher for good results.

Explanation of the parameters *Connection Tolerance* and *Edge Proximity Tolerance*

Explanation of the parameters Connection Tolerance and Edge Proximity Tolerance#

Language#

GUI Settings - Language

GUI Settings - Other#

Change the language of SOFiSTiK Analytical Model Generator. If the Autodesk® Revit® language is not supported, SOFiSTiK Analytical Model Generator defaults to English.