provides an impressive solution to the problem of out-of-sync CAD and
Analytical models. StrucLink, available as a free add-on tool, provides
seamless interoperability between Bentley's STAAD.Pro and ProStructure
StrucLink, the user may export ProStructure (previously ProSteel) model
data into STAAD.Pro, perform analysis and design in STAAD.Pro, and
bring the final results back into ProStructure. The data exchange can
originate either from STAAD.Pro or ProStructure. Unlimited number of
such round-tripping is possible.
StrucLink solution has two distinct modules - one works on the
ProStructure side and the other on the STAAD.Pro side. Both modules work
on a set of common data exchange and mapping files. While importing
model data from the Exchange File into a pre-existing STAAD.Pro model,
an entity-by-entity comparison is performed and the STAAD.Pro model is
updated accordingly. While exporting model data from STAAD.Pro into an
existing Exchange File, the changes to the previous model data are
marked. When this Exchange File is imported into an existing
ProStructure model, these changes (addition, deletion etc.) can be
previewed before performing the actual import operation. Similar steps
are followed when data is exported from ProStructure to STAAD.Pro. As a
result, the integrity between the CAD and Analytical models is retained
even after multiple round-tripping.
automatically adjusts the placement of members in CAD environment to
maintain top-of-steel line, even when the depth of the section changes
as a result of design. For new models being exported from ProStructure
to STAAD.Pro, StrucLink uses "Effective Analysis Line" in ProStructure.
This line represents the analytical neutral axis for a member in CAD
model. The issue of breaking up physical members into multiple
analytical members in STAAD.Pro is also handled by StrucLink.
addition to the Exchange File, two mapping databases are also used in
StrucLink. The Shape database is used to map ProStructure Steel sections
to STAAD.Pro sections and vice-versa. The Material database is used to
map the material names between ProStructure and STAAD.Pro. Thus the
problem of unmatched nomenclature is avoided.
can also work in asynchronous style. For example, the engineering team
in U.S. can create the analytical model and send the exchange database
to the CAD team in China. The Chinese CAD team can then sync the CAD
model and export all latest changes in the CAD model for the U.S.
StrucLink solution can handle exchange of a large variety of shapes,
including double-sections, tapered shapes, and other parametric shapes.
More features are continuously added to address specific needs of the
metal building industry.