NOTE: It is strongly recommended that users update to the most recent version of ISM, available HERE.
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Structural Synchronizer can be downloaded from Bentley’s i-ware site here.Structural Synchronizer can also be downloaded from Bentley Cloud Services. After signing into the CONNECTION Center, select Software Downloads under My Support. Once on the Software Fulfillment page, the Structural Synchronizer installer can be located by performing a search on “Structural Synchronizer”.
Installing Structural Synchronizer installs both the Structural Synchronizer application itself, used in interoperability workflows, and the ISM framework, used for programming. Once Structural Synchronizer is installed, the ISM options within all ISM-enabled applications will be available for use, as shown below.
This version of Structural Synchronizer publishes i-models to a newer format, DgnDb 0601, that cannot be read by Structural Navigator CONNECT Edition. Users must update to Structural Navigator CONNECT Edition Update 1 to open i-models published with this version of Structural Synchronizer.
RAM Elements CONNECT Edition (version 14.00) is compatible with ISM 6.0. RAM Elements V8i (version 13.XX) are compatible only with ISM 5.0 or earlier.
ProStructures users who utilize ISM should avoid upgrading to ISM 6.0, as Power ProStructures is compatible only with ISM 5.0 or earlier. Users with ProStructures for AutoCAD should avoid upgrading to ISM 5.0 or 6.0 as ProStructures for AutoCAD is compatible only with ISM 4.0 or earlier.
The following enhancements were added in ISM 6.0 and Structural Synchronizer CONNECT Edition Update 1.
This release incorporates piping systems into the ISM framework. Piping, bends, flanges, valves, pipe supports, pipelines, and piping reactions can now be written to and read from an ISM model with the ISM 6.0 API. Likewise, Structural Synchronizer now supports visualization and revision management for piping. The ability to now combine piping systems with structural elements in one ISM repository provides a robust framework for plant design workflows.
The ISM SDK documentation has been updated with piping interfaces new in 6.0. Coding samples are also now available that demonstrate how to build a structure using the ISM API. For more information on the ISM SDK, please contact Josh Taylor at Josh.Taylor@bentley.com.
New Sample Models
New sample repositories are delivered with the installation of Structural Synchronizer. These sample repositories are located in the following folder:
The repository AutoPIPE Tutorial 1.ism.dgn was published from AutoPIPE using the tech preview interoperability with ISM. Basic Flat Slab (US).ism.dgn was published from RAM Concept. The repositories Building - Steel Over Concrete (Euro).ism.dgn and Concrete Moment Frame (ACI-318).ism.dgn were published from RAM Structural System. The beam, column, and wall reinforcing were designed in RAM Concrete.
This release of ISM contains the following error corrections.
Transparency for Surface Member Modifiers Not Set Correctly
ISM published Surface Member Modifiers in such a way such that smart transparency did not work once the ISM repository was published to i-model and opened in Structural Navigator. As a result, regions of a slab that used Surface Member Modifiers, such as drop panels or thickened slabs, were not able to be viewed transparently in Structural Navigator and any reinforcing within these regions of the slab was not visible.
IFC Export Log File
When saving the log file in an ISM repository conversion to IFC using Structural Synchronizer, the user was given no control over where to store the log file. The last log file was simply overwritten.
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