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    How do I import .cxl (CSC Fatrack BIM file) into Revit Structure

    Hi. Im new to this forum and to Revit in fact. Whilst i know the basics I urgently need assistance. A structural engineer has provided me with a file (.cxl) which was produced in a CSC program called Fastrack. As I said I am new to this and the result I am expecting is Revit to show the BIM which is a 100m long, 2 story steel frmaed structure. I then need to add all the rooms and facade, creating, floor plans, sections, eleevations and 3d view. Sorry for being dumb but I have looked everywhere and can not find a solution, can you help ?

    Many thanks

    Gavin

    #2
    You will need to have the Revit Structure link software provided by CSC. I would check their web site.
    Erik Snell, P.E.
    Factory Worker (Principal User Experience Designer)
    I am an Autodesk employee and the opinions or commentary I provide are my own and not necessarily that of Autodesk, Inc.

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      #3
      Knew there was a simple answer, i will contact CSC, many thanks :thumbsup:

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        #4
        Just in case anyone has the same question, I have provided a link to CSC website http://www.cscworld.com/uk/bim/revit for CSC's Revit Integration Software which is free !

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          #5
          The CSC Fastrak import into Revit works quite well, we imported a 6 Storey steel frame into Revit from Fastrak for the purpose of producing some very quick but tidy documents for value engineering, the member sizes came through accurate compared with other packages I have tried such as E-Tabs.

          It is useful for producing rough and ready documents for things like value engineering, however if it was for Construction purposes I would build the structural model from scratch.

          Generally a Structural engineer will not build the analytical model to the accuracy required by the modeller / detailer for construction documents.

          Regards

          Glenn

          Check out my Revit blog - http://revitst.blogspot.com
          Regards

          Glenn

          Check out my Revit blog - http://revitst.blogspot.com

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            #6
            We just did this today while working with our Structural consultants, and made some interesting discoveries:

            1. It uses the TYPE name of the Framing and Column elements to make the translation from Fastrak to RST. This is a good AND a bad thing: Its only bad, because you have to have the sizes preloaded in your file, or the import doesnt work. But, if you know this and load them in advance, its a GREAT thing: Instead of generic in-place families that are the right geometry, the importer ACTUALLY uses your content, FROM your library.

            2. It uses Beam systems correctly, so that if you raise or lower the Framing , the supported Beam Systems all flex accordingly. (It also uses Columns, and floors, and levels, and grids correctly, and all according to our office template.)

            I have to say, im quite impressed.
            Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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              #7
              We did some more experimenting with it today, as our Structural Engineers on a project are using Fastrak, and we are training them to document in revit. All positive things so far, but a few notes for anyone else that ventures down this road:

              You must use the Revit OOTB Structural content, or have your custom content named EXACTLY the same things, at the Family Name and Type name level. If you use custom content, it WILL work coming IN to revit (it looks up Type Name when it builds the members, so it will know to use your custom content), but then when you round trip and export it to Fastrak, it wont know what to do with the members, and they come in to Fastrak Generically.

              If youve used the OOTB content, it roundtrips to Fastrak extremely well. Fastrak can even then do a file MERGE and see what has changed in the Revit environment, from the current file in Fastrak. It will highlight items CREATED externally, DELETED externally, ALTERED externally, etc.

              EDIT: Interestingly enough, the SLABS work correction for the Change Monitoring. The column families monitor, but they say even a modification of "making the column taller" is synonomous with Creating the Element Externally. What i edited in the slab was the sketch, but it works well.
              Aaron "selfish AND petulant" Maller |P A R A L L A X T E A M | Practice Technology Implementation
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