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Comparison between Revit modelling vs InstaCrete modelling (Part IV)

In part I, II & III of the blog series, “Revit Modelling vs InstaCrete modelling” we compared the grid, level, foundation, structural column & beam tools.

In this part IV of the blog series, we will discuss the Structural floor tool.

Structural floor –

The most important function of a floor is that it should safely support the loads placed on it, together with its own weight. weight of people using the building, plus their belongings such as furniture, equipment, or machinery.

Floor tool testing procedure –

We have 25 columns of different shapes & sizes placed from Level 1 to Level 2. Our aim is to construct a raft slab at Level 1. As the columns are passing through the raft slab we should have punctures/ openings of the size & shape of the columns.

In the next stage, we will construct a slab at level 2. And then we will record timing & then make the comparison.

Have a look at the video.

Revit completed the procedure in 3 minutes 45 seconds. While InstaCrete took 1 minute 18 seconds to complete the same procedure. Around 65% of time-saving.

In part I of the blog series where we compared grid, level & Foundation tools InstaCrete saved 34% of the time.

In part II of the blog series where we compared the structural column tool, InstaCrete saved 36% of the time.

In part III of the blog series where we compared the beam tool, InstaCrete saved 32% of the time.

In part IV of the blog series where we compared the beam tool, InstaCrete saved 65% of the time.

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The procedure for testing – Revit modelling

We have 25 columns of different shapes & sizes placed from level 1 to Level 2. I am going to construct the raft slab at level 1. The slab will have offsets of 3 metres on all sides. After drawing the slab boundaries I am going to draw the column boundaries to create the puncture in the slab. Once the slab construction is complete, I will select all the columns in the 3D view to display the openings.

Now I will build a structural floor/ slab at the Level 2 & then record the timing.

This procedure took 3 minutes 45 seconds.

After using Revit for years, we thought the floor tool requires following enhancements like –

– the user should be able to construct the floor from any view.

– the floor should be constructed by mentioning the grids.

– the columns & beams should cut the floor to give the proper shape to the finished floor.

– In the case of the raft slab, automatic openings should be created in the column position.

– All the floor data should be controlled from a centralized position i.e. dialogue box.

– one should be able to attach the cost & phase data to it.

Considering these requirements we developed the floor manager.

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InstaCrete modelling –

In the 3D view, I will open the floor manager dialogue box. I will apply the appropriate grids & the offset distances.

Once the floor is constructed, the column openings in the slab would be displayed by hiding the columns.

Finally, the slab on second floor will be constructed.

This procedure took 1minutes 18 seconds.

You can download InstaCrete here.

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Vikram Baraskar is the founder director of the RCCCAD IT Solution Pvt. Ltd. He is a civil engineer by profession. He has got over 25 years of handling construction projects, teaching CAD software. He has carried out over 6 million sq. ft. of RCC auditing & Revit modelling work. 
He loves all sports with a special liking to chess.

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