Interfaces to the versatile NURBS-based 3D-Modeler Rhinoceros from Robert McNeel & Associates as well as the integrated visual scripting editor Grasshopper open the door for the definition of fully parametric analysis models of any kind of geometrical shape. Combined with the powerful mesh generation capabilities in SOFiSTiK, the Rhino/Grasshopper interfaces are the perfect complement to the analysis of complex 3D geometries.
The interfaces give access to the comprehensive set of tools available in the Rhino/Grasshopper world, allowing to connect structural analysis workflows with other workflows provided there. As an example, with Rhino 7 now providing an interface to Autodesk Revit with their Rhino.Inside Toolkit, a once defined model in Grasshopper can be likewise transferred to SOFiSTiK for analysis as well as to Revit for drawings and further detailing. Grasshopper serves as the ‘single source of truth’ for an integration of analysis into a general BIM-workflow.
- Geometry objects in Rhino like points, curves, surfaces, and meshes can be enriched with additional information, such as cross-section and material properties or boundary conditions.
- Generation of a Finite-Element-Mesh can be performed directly from Rhino.
- For further analysis and design steps, links to the SOFiSTiK Programs Teddy or SSD are provided within Rhino without having to transfer the data through file.
- Visualisation of model properties such as beam cross sections, FE-meshes or boundary conditions within Rhino for rendering, documentation or evaluation purposes
- Additional features, such as type filtering or annotation options, ensure efficient model management
- A dedicated in grasshopper integrated toolbox provides components to define fully parametric structural models for analysis in SOFiSTiK.
- A specific set of components targets the definition of bridge models following the axis-based SOFiSTiK CABD (Computer-Aided-Bridge-Design) concept – parametric cross sections are developed along a road axis with any kind of variability to define three-dimensional models for analysis as well as BIM.
- Furthermore, additional modules allow for a definition of loads, cross-sections, or pre- and posttensioning tendons.
- The thus defined parametric analysis model can be directly streamed into an existing SOFiSTiK SSD-Project, or – using a dedicated component – calculated directly in Grasshopper.
- A comprehensive online documentation gives access to a description of all the components as well as detailed tutorials.